Loading
Welcome to Babble,
Settings
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

MENU

Gorgeous Bicycles from Chronicle Books

Cyclepedia by Chronicle Books

An homage to the beauty of the bike, Cyclepedia showcases the legacies of a century of iconic bicycle design. Avid collector and bike enthusiast Michael Embacher takes you on a tour of 100 bicycles, from the fines racing bikes and high-tech hybrids to the bizarrely specific (like a bike designed to be ridden on ice).

Here’s a peek at 15 gorgeous bikes from the book, recently featured in Vanity Fair.


  • Sironval Sportplex (France, 1939) 1 of 15
    Sironval Sportplex (France, 1939)
    Solo recumbent bikes like this lovely example were popular in the 1930s.
  • MFA Lambretta (France, 1960) 2 of 15
    MFA Lambretta (France, 1960)
    A mini replica of the popular Lambretta motor scooter for kiddos, sans motor.
  • Umberto Dei Giubileo (Italy, 1996) 3 of 15
    Umberto Dei Giubileo (Italy, 1996)
    A handmade bike launched to celebrate Umberto Dei's 100th anniversary.
  • Smith & Co. Long John (Denmark, 1983) 4 of 15
    Smith & Co. Long John (Denmark, 1983)
    The first bike to tackle serious heavy cargo, this beast has a load capacity of over 300 pounds.
  • Carnielli Graziella Leopard Tipo Cross (Italy, 1976) 5 of 15
    Carnielli Graziella Leopard Tipo Cross (Italy, 1976)
    Chopper bikes like this one were built to satisfy the desires of children longing for dirt bikes back in the day.
  • Raleigh Tourist, Ladies (U.K., 1970) 6 of 15
    Raleigh Tourist, Ladies (U.K., 1970)
    This lovely touring bike from 1970s looks deceptively light but is actually pretty heavy duty.
  • Messenger Bike (Italy, 1978) 7 of 15
    Messenger Bike (Italy, 1978)
    The ultimate "fixie," now considered a staple among modern cyclists.
  • Pacific Cycles iF Mode (Taiwan, 2009) 8 of 15
    Pacific Cycles iF Mode (Taiwan, 2009)
    A futuristic folding bike, ideal for urban mobility.
  • BMW Super-Tech (Germany, 1997) 9 of 15
    BMW Super-Tech (Germany, 1997)
    An aluminum and varnished steel mountain bike that borrows stylistic features from the cars for which its parent company is known.
  • Sølling Pedersen (Denmark, 1978) 10 of 15
    Sølling Pedersen (Denmark, 1978)
    This engineering marvel from Danish inventor Mikael Pedersen features a flexible saddle that is suspended with a plastic-covered steel cord.
  • Cinelli Laser (Italy, 1985) 11 of 15
    Cinelli Laser (Italy, 1985)
    This bike demonstrates the fine craftsmanship involved in perfecting bicycle aerodynamics.
  • Lotus Sport (U.K., 1994) 12 of 15
    Lotus Sport (U.K., 1994)
    This bike uses a lightweight carbon-composite frame to attain astonishing speed.
  • Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra (Belgium, 1990) 13 of 15
    Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra (Belgium, 1990)
    A 10-year special edition model created by celebrated racing star Eddy Merckx.
  • Schauff Wall Street (Germany, 1993) 14 of 15
    Schauff Wall Street (Germany, 1993)
    The unique design and dynamic build of this bike garnered it the 1992 Rote Punkt design prize.
  • Bianchi C-4 Project (Italy, 1988) 15 of 15
    Bianchi C-4 Project (Italy, 1988)
    An organic and modern design that speaks to the future of cycling.

 

‘Cyclepedia’ can be purchased for $35 on the Chronicle Books website.

Other posts you may enjoy:

• 12 Coolest DIY Crafts for Boys

• Two of a Kind

• 20 Inspiring New Ideas for Stairs

 

 

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest
Tagged as: , , , ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest