bikeAny casual reader of Lost Cowboy knows how much I love bicycles. I can’t think of anything in our world that is more elegant or efficient than the bicycle – and don’t get me started on design and practicality. Therefore it makes sense that I like books that celebrate the bicycle, and I have found few better than The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance, and Function by Jan Heine, with photographs by Jean-Pierre Praderes.

About The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance, and Function by Jan Heine, with photographs by Jean-Pierre Praderes: The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles is a celebration of the design history and craftsmanship behind this simple but efficient two-wheeled vehicle. Featuring fifty classic models built by hand, this book unveils the bicycle’s technical evolution within a historical context. Beautifully detailed are early-twentieth-century models with multi-gear systems, mid-century machines where war and postwar economy challenged craft and utility, as well as modern and contemporary bicycles. Featured artisans and brands include La Gauloise, Reyhand, Schulz, Barra, Alex Singer, and René Herse. With brilliant full-color images of each model and chronological text detailing the craftsmanship that went into producing these elegant machines, this book will appeal to bicycle enthusiasts and to anyone interested in design.”

This book, with wonderful photographs, is a true celebration of the bicycle and of design meeting function and I love every page of it.

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles by Jan Heine is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.