das Fahrrad | the bicycle | le vélo | la bicicletta | 自転車 Book


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Here is the story behind the book in the words of the author:

“In 2013 I was restoring an old 1974 Gitane “Tour de l’avenir” (by the way, it’s the bike on the cover of the book – actually it’s yellow). I had some trouble with the bottom bracket (and a lot of other things) and searched the internet for information on that. I discovered a Canadian website which provides a lot of information on vintage roadbikes. I had to figure out all the bike-specific/technical terms in english which is something that exceeded my basic school-english.
A few days later I searched for some affordable benotto bartape on italian e-bay and I also saw a lot of other bikeparts and it’s italian names (for example a chainring = corona). I thought that it would be nice to have something like a multi-language list of all these bike-related terms, but all I could find on the internet was incomplete and not in the languages I had in mind. So I came up with the idea to do this dictionary by myself and combine it with drawings of all the terms to make it easier to find what you are looking for. And I would love to have it in a printed form so you could carry it in your pocket while traveling or have somewhere close to your work desk.
All this was on my mind for a couple of weeks until I decided to just go for the project in the beginning of 2014. ”

  • 40/4 pages
  • 148 x 210 mm, rounded corners
  • printed in two colours (red and black) on 135/300 g/m2 paper
  • about 275 terms and illustrations
  • 1st edition 2014 / 1000 copies