"The Data Book"---classic sketches of great bike stuff
November 16, 2005
[List price $40. OUT OF STOCK. Email if you want a copy. More available soon.] "The Data Book: 100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design," by Noguchi
This book is a celebration of the pinnacle of the art of technical sketching, as represented by Daniel Rebour.
It also emphasizes bike features and parts from the heyday of bike creativity (30s-50s).
* 7 x 10 inch jacketed hardcover; 212 pages with 1,200 black & white illustrations; ISBN: 1-892495-01-5; 40% off orders 5+ cc.; non-US postage extra.
* Hundreds of line drawings by the famed French illustrator Daniel Rebour.
* 1000+ illustrations of every conceivable detail of the bicycle.
* 1800s through the 1970s.
* Shows numerous older designs that have been presented as "new" in recent times.
A scan of a sample page easily shows what I'm trying to tell...
Those are Rebour sketches from 1951. Notice the B.O.B. trailer predecessor and the early "Aheadset" stem---which has the added feature of a screw-cap exposing a tool-stash.
More about the book...
"The Data Book" is a fascinating pictorial survey of the development of bicycle component and accessory design.
This volume is an authentic reprint of the '83 Japanese publication. To this date, it is the most inclusive compendium of illustrations gleaned from historic European cycling periodicals and catalogues.
The book was originally published in Japan by Noguchi-san. It culminated Mr. Noguchiís long work as a collector and propagator of illustrations of early European bicycle components and accessories.
Some of the materials had earlier been published by him in separate volumes and a subsequent compendium which he referred to as "The Joyful Bicycle."
This authentic edition is identical to the original in all respects, including binding, trim size, and pagination. In addition, it contains English translations of the Japanese texts.
Non-US customers SHOULD see an option for postage to their country (or near enough). This book requires the *2-3 pound* postage rate. If this doesn't work there are manual PayPal buttons for excess postage below (I recently updated my shipping system within PayPal and don't know how well it works yet).