The Elite Bicycle: Portraits of Great Marques, Makers and Designers (Hardcover)

Portraits of Great Marques, Makers and Designers

By Gerard Brown, Graeme Fife, Paul Smith (Foreword by)

VeloPress, 9781937715083, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2013



"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.

About the Author

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."