This new forthcoming book on Rizzoli opened our eyes.

Bicycle Quartely, editor, Jan Heine, and photographer, Jean-Pierre Pradères, deliver, The Competition Bicycle, a new book that sets out to document the history of bicycles for racing. The book “features iconic bicycles that played an important role in the history of the sport, from the bicycle that sent Eddy Merckx over the finish line in his last world championship win, to those of tandem teams who tackled the hour record, motor-paced track racers that exceeded 80 mph on the wooden boards, to California’s mountain-bike pioneers.” We have not seen a preview of the internal pages, but we’ll be sure to share them when they arrive. We have some time on this one; it ships in February of 2012. Pre-order from Amazon

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