Elly Blue’s Everyday Bicycling is one of the rare books that deserve to be called “perfect.” I finished reading it and thought everyone, absolutely everyone, should read a copy. She concisely and humorously tells you everything you need to know about cycling safely and efficiently in traffic. Far from being a dry manual, the tone is conversational and lively. The contents are well-researched. Even controversial topics are treated evenhandedly and with a fact-based approach. It costs just $10, so you can not only read it yourself but also get copies to give to your family and friends.
The second book is a treat for those of us who pore over bicycle details and history. Rebour: The Bicycle Illustrations of Daniel Rebour is the first comprehensive overview of Daniel Rebour’s illustration work in English. More than 2000 of his drawings are presented on 253 pages.
Daniel Rebour documented the development of bicycles and components during the post-war era when he was the editor of the French trade magazine Le Cycle. He also illustrated the catalogues of famous constructeurs like René Herse, Alex Singer and Goéland. By emphasizing the parts that were important and leaving out superfluous details, like the spokes, Rebour’s drawings have a clarity and elegance that photos cannot match.
Each drawing in this book is accompanied by a paragraph of text that explains what is shown, as well as when and where it was published. The caption text was based on observation and conjecture rather than a translation of the original French captions, so unfortunately this means that there are numerous errors. However, this book is too important to be dismissed: every copy we send out comes with a booklet of corrections and additions, based on the original French texts.
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