Made In England - Handbuilt Bikes
If you've got any appreciation for handbuilt bikes then this has to be the ultimate coffee table book for you.
It's is nothing short of stunning, both in terms of photography and the way in which it is written. If it had been anything less though then it wouldn't have done justice to the works of art inside, or their creators.
The book has been written by frame builders Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, but it contains sections on a whole pile of England's most respected frame builders, plus a great piece on Reynolds Tubing. I reckon that after reading this book even the most die-hard fan of mass produced bikes will have a massive amount of respect for what these guys do. It really is a labour of love and the passion that the guys have is brought across well and truly in the book. Mike (Dirt's Editor) has already claimed this copy, but it's definitely on my Christmas present list and I reckon it should be on yours too.
This is the official word on the book...
"Made in England is a book by frame builders, about frame builders. It takes a unique look at the world of bespoke frame building by showcasing the artisans in England who craft these bicycle frames."
"The authors, Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, travelled around the country along with talented photographer Kayti Peschke, to interview the people who are leading this industry. Each artisan shares their methods, their passion, their skills and their quirks. Through these intimate conversations they express what makes them unique in this international art. The book showcases exquisite photography of the frame builders and their working environment, contrasting the raw, rough workshops with sleek images of the beautifully finished final products."
And here's a little video and sneak preview shots of some of the pages to give you an even better idea of what this book is about...
The book is available to pre-order now and the lucky first 400 get a signed copy which also comes with a personal message from the authors and a limited edition A3 print of one of the photos from the book.