The bicycles of champions and amateurs alike are shown in The Competition Bicycle, from a rare 1890s racing High Wheeler to Tony Rominger’s 1994 hour record bike. In between are 32 carefully selected bicycles: the actual machines ridden by great champions like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Andy Hampsten and many others. With well-worn saddles and paint bearing the scars of many a hard-fought battle, these unrestored bikes tell the stories of their eventful lives. Historic photos of these bikes in action complement each chapter.
This is the first edition. A new edition with identical contents and a different cover image has been published by Rizzoli New York.
Jan Heine is editor of Bicycle Quarterly, the magazine about the history, culture and technology of cycling. He also has written The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles and René Herse: The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders.
Jean-Pierre Pradères’ photography has been published in many magazines and books, including the Guggenheim Museum’s The Art of the Motorcycle.
- Publisher: Bicycle Quarterly Press
- Binding: Hardcover
- Pages: 176 pages
- Dimensions: 9.5″ x 12″