Review: Celebrate the bike with “The Bike Book”

Bikes can be beautiful. Bikes can be functional. Sometimes they can be both. Celebrate and show off the beauty of the bike with the recently published The Bike Book – Lifestyle, Passion, Design from teNeues.

I love my bike. I do!

But sometimes I treat it like a tool, giving it little more care than the lawnmower. It’s a tool for going fast under my own power, a tool to get from Place A to Place B, a tool to keep me in somewhat reasonable shape.

So, yes, I ride it hard and put it away wet.

It was nice to look at The Bike Book and be reminded how every bike – from the top end race bike to the lowly folding commuter bike has a great beauty to it. The Bike Book presents a number of models over its 220 pages with lavish photography – 300 pictures in all – coupled with descriptions in English, French and German. The descriptions provide a nice overview of each model or style, but I always seemed to be left wanting a little more. There also seemed to be an unusual fascination with the style of brakes on each bike.

Still, there is plenty here to love, and The Bike Book deserves a place on every bike lover’s coffee table.

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English, German, French
  • ISBN-10: 3832796053
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832796051
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Price: $60
Ron Callahan is the chief cook and bottlewasher at Bike World News, doing everything from website design to bike reviews.

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