Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Paris

A sharp-eyed reader spotted our book The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in this photo on the BBC Travel web site as part of a feature about art in Paris. It is very nice to see our book featured in the place where these bikes first were developed and ridden. Today, the book has a devoted following in France, and it has led a young generation of cyclists and collectors to appreciate their cycling heritage.

Even though we were confident in our work, the global success of the book still has come as a bit of a surprise. The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles has been translated into Japanese and German, although, ironically, we have not yet been able to find a French editor to publish a French-language edition.

About Jan Heine

Spirited rides that zig-zag across mountain ranges. Bicycle Quarterly magazine and its sister company, Rene Herse Cycles, that turns our research into the high-performance components we need for our adventures.
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5 Responses to Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Paris

  1. That would be great to have a french version of this book … why french bicycle collectors are not interessed in their bicycle history ? Maybe most of them prefer more exotical products ?

    I’m one of these young enthousiasts and I’m starting a new blog with a friend :
    Let us your opinion !

    • A lot of French readers have bought the English-language version of our book, so it’s not the enthusiasts who aren’t interested. I think the French publishing world is harder to penetrate, and finding a publisher who is willing to take on a book on French bikes from an American author may be a bit of a stretch.

  2. Chris L says:

    I was just in London and saw a copy in a store.

  3. Emmanuel says:

    It is possible to find a French translation of your book :
    It has just not been published yet (and may never be, I suppose). Of course, I hope I am not putting anyone in trouble copyright-wise by posting this…

  4. pierre-antoine nansé says:

    Bonjour Jan, 2013 est l’année du centenaire du Tour de France , j’espère que trouverez un éditeur français pour traduire ce livre ( et peut-être aussi celui sur René Herse). Bien cordialement.

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