The Biography of the Modern Bike

Chris Boardman is a bike designer, former track world record holder, Olympic gold medallist and winner of stages on the Tour de France (he still holds the record for the fastest Prologue). He is a triple world champion and often cited as being the inspiration behind Britain’s current crop of cycling champions. His company, Boardman Bikes, is a hugely successful business, with an ethos to take cycle design to the next stage.

Co-author Chris Sidwells is a best-selling author, journalist, photographer and broadcaster. He has written over 20 books on cycling and cycle sport including Tour Climbs, The Complete Bike Book, and most recently. Chris’s writing and photographs also feature in Cycle Sport, Cycling Weekly and GQ amongst others.

In Biography of the Bike, he examines the evolution of the modern bicycle from the invention of pedals to recent innovations in electronic gearing. The complete stories of each development (such as the modern derailleur) that have helped to move bike design forward, and how those inventions became established in the general marketplace, are laid out in all their fascinating detail. Complete with profiles of the riders and designers who have been at the forefront of bicycle design over the decades, the book also examines cultural trends, such as bicycle commuting and mountain biking, that have spurred advances in design.

Early efforts at aerodynamic design, the standardization of the “double-diamond” frame, and the introduction of disc wheels, allow you to see the entire history of your favorite two-wheeled transport. Heavily illustrated with photos of bikes, equipment close-ups, and historical action shots of famous cyclists such as Greg Lemond, Jan Ullrich, and Fausto Coppi make this a book that no biking enthusiast, gearhead, or racing fan will want to miss!

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