Three must-have reads for Euro wannabes
IT’S TIME TO HIT THE BOOKS
If ever there was a single product that can—and
should—forever disprove the notion that print has no
future, it is the first authorized biography of Belgian
superstar Eddy Merckx. The book’s title, MERCKX 525,
refers to the amount of professional victories that the
“Cannibal” collected during his long career, and it is
chock-full of some of the most amazing cycling
photographs we’ve ever seen. Best of all, the oversized,
224-page book retails for just $60, which is easily half of
what it’s worth. If you love Euro bike racing and
photography, buy this book.
CINELLI: THE ART & DESIGN
OF THE BICYCLE
On page 34 of this issue, you’ll find an interview with
Antonio Colombo. Although it’s Columbus tubing that has
run through his veins since birth, with the purchase of the
famous Cinelli brand in 1979, Antonio has taken the
pioneering legacy of Cino Cinelli to new levels of popularity.
Like MERCKX 525, Cinelli: The Art and Design of the
Bicycle is beautifully illustrated with fabulous, large-format
photography of classic bikes, products and racers.
However, unlike the Merckx book, Cinelli focuses less on
racing lore than on the stories that created some of the
most noteworthy cycling products ever made.
ITALIAN RACING BICYCLES
And if it’s a bike-centric read you’re looking
for, look no further than Italian Racing Bicycles:
The People, the Products, the Passion, a 175-
page read that offers an in-depth look at 40 different Italian cycling brands that played such a
big role in the sport’s history. From Moser and
Selle Italia to Campagnolo and Passoni, this is
the book that provides an overview of each
company’s role in the sport, plus plenty of the
intrigue that has fueled so much rivalry
throughout the close quarters of northern Italy.