Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Paris


A sharp-eyed reader spotted our book The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in this photo on the BBC Travel web site as part of a feature about art in Paris. It is very nice to see our book featured in the place where these bikes first were developed and ridden. Today, the book has a devoted following in France, and it has led a young generation of cyclists and collectors to appreciate their cycling heritage.
Even though we were confident in our work, the global success of the book still has come as a bit of a surprise. The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles has been translated into Japanese and German, although, ironically, we have not yet been able to find a French editor to publish a French-language edition.

5 Responses to Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Paris

  1. Florent Carrière October 12, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    That would be great to have a french version of this book … why french bicycle collectors are not interessed in their bicycle history ? Maybe most of them prefer more exotical products ?
    I’m one of these young enthousiasts and I’m starting a new blog with a friend : http://concoursdelegance.wordpress.com/
    Let us your opinion !

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly October 12, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      A lot of French readers have bought the English-language version of our book, so it’s not the enthusiasts who aren’t interested. I think the French publishing world is harder to penetrate, and finding a publisher who is willing to take on a book on French bikes from an American author may be a bit of a stretch.

  2. Chris L October 13, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I was just in London and saw a copy in a store.

  3. Emmanuel October 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    It is possible to find a French translation of your book : http://www.le-randonneur.net/webrando/imagesR/BREVES/age_or_2.pdf
    It has just not been published yet (and may never be, I suppose). Of course, I hope I am not putting anyone in trouble copyright-wise by posting this…

  4. pierre-antoine nansé October 14, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    Bonjour Jan, 2013 est l’année du centenaire du Tour de France , j’espère que trouverez un éditeur français pour traduire ce livre ( et peut-être aussi celui sur René Herse). Bien cordialement.