Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design

Mark recently lent me this book by Robert Klanten.  It’s a bit of a coffee-table read, being mainly pictorial in content but with some interesting areas of cycle culture being covered.  The blurb says:

“This book introduces a wild bunch of passionate cyclists – frame builders, urban planners, artists, photographers, designers and those who ride professionally – who are making an impact”

Drawing its subjects from around the globe, including framebuilders, couriers and various others, it gives a nice insight into early 21st Century bike culture and its seemingly unstoppable rise.  Klanten, author of a number of books on design, tends toward the more outlandish end of the cycling spectrum.  There are, it has to be said, few references to cups of steaming tea at roadside cafes and middle aged gents in threadbare Tudor Sports jerseys here; it’s more the skinny jeans and tattoos kind of aesthetic, but for passing entertainment, none the worse for it.


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