Maybe if you are traveling abroad this summer, you’ll find our books in the local language! The world-wide response to our books has been very rewarding. Recently, a German acquaintance sent me this photo from his local bookstore in Göttingen. In the center of a display on cycling books were the German editions of The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles and The Competition Bicycle.
The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles also has been quite successful in Japan. To fit on Japanese bookshelves, the size had to be reduced a bit!
Last week, we received the first bound copies of the French edition of René Herse: The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders. It is printed by the same printer as the English version, to guarantee the same high quality.
It’s especially moving for me to see the book translated into French, since many of the riders featured in the book are still alive. When they saw the English version, it was great to see them remember their formative years. Few of them speak English, and I am especially excited about them reading the French edition and finding details they had forgotten or never knew. I am also glad that with this edition, French cyclists and collectors can appreciate the wonderful cyclotouring culture that their country spawned, which has been an inspiration for us all.
Title photo credit: Reinhold Schoon.