Author(s): Gerard Brown
The Elite Bicycle is a portrait of the world's greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the workmanship, and the personalities behind cycling's most prestigious brands.
Every bicycle has a story. From good-time cruisers that hang out on the sidewalk to thoroughbred racing bicycles costing as much as an automobile, these beautiful machines have been crafted with the traditions and techniques perfected in 150 years of bicycle making.
In chapters featuring some of cycling's greatest craftspeople, The Elite Bicycle offers up a conversation with the men and women who make bicycles a joy to ride and a thrill to race. Full-color photographs and personal interviews describe the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating factories that fabricate superb machines.
Presented in a lavish, oversize format, 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.
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."