Velo Vitality

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles


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During the "Golden Age," small makers built amazing bicycles that transcended their function to become a form of art. Their craftsmanship was not limited to the frame, but included hand-made derailleurs, brakes, stems, racks and other components. The entire bicycle was carefully designed and crafted as a unit, combining function and beauty. Famous makers like René Herse, Alex Singer, Jo Routens and others spent countless hours on each bicycle in their search for perfection.

With lavish color photography, The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles charts the development of these machines from the early 1900s through the present day. The 50 classic bicycles in this book display amazing craftsmanship, elegance and function. Each brought innovations that continue to be used today. Additional historic photos show the bikes in competition and with their original owners. Insightful descriptions set the scene for each bicycle and explain its details. Here you find machines with a level of craftsmanship that never has been surpassed.

"The most wonderful, fascinating, fabulous bicycle book ever published!"
—Oregon Cycling

"A coffee-table book of the best kind!"
—Grant Petersen,Rivendell Reader

"Gorgeous – will appeal to bike connoisseurs and enthusiastic newcomers alike"

"Simply the most beautiful bike book ever!"
—Out Your Backdoor

"Superb color photography, very highly recommended"
—The Midwest Book Review

"Exceptional photography, a pleasure to read and view"

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