The Elite Bicycle brings together intimate portraits of the world's greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling's most prestigious brands. Their materials and methods could not be more disparate, yet their pursuit is the same: the perfect bicycle.
In chapters featuring some of cycling's greatest craftspeople, The Elite Bicycle offers up a conversation with the men and women who make the most coveted bicycles. Lavish, oversize photographs and personal interviews invite readers into their workshops to show the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating studios and factories that fabricate superb machines.
The Elite Bicycle is both an homage to the bicycle maker and a collector's piece in its own right, celebrating the stories behind the greatest bicycles and components in the world.
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On a modern bicycle, carbon fiber, titanium, and ceramics are combined with hand-worked steel, CNC aluminum, and finely tooled leather. There’s also a deep and rich tradition of engineering excellence allied to artisan eccentricity in all parts of the bicycle industry. Some manufacturers are still using processes that have changed little over 50 years, while others revel in the challenge of marrying the latest materials with innovative design to create the ultimate riding experience.
The Elite Bicycle offers
· Unique behind-the-scenes access gives a revealing insight into the skills and techniques that go into making superlative bicycles.
· Explores aspects of the manufacturing process from handcrafting and finishing to the most technical industrial process.
· Includes photographs of the industrial process, portraits of the craftsmen and women and photographs of the finished components and bicycles.
Gerard Brown is a professional cycling photographer and an amateur racer. He contributes regularly to cycling and automotive magazines, including Privateer, Rouleur, and Octane.
Graeme Fife has written for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Rouleur, Cycling Weekly, and Cycle Sport. His books on cycling include Tour de France: Tour de Suffrance and Inside the Peloton.
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