Lots of new bikes added, new section on team jerseys, plus Sir Paul Smith talks to camera while doing a trackstand

The Cyclepedia iPad app, first unveiled last year and which builds on the book of the same name to showcase the collection of bikes amassed by Austrian designer Michael Embacher, has had a major overhaul, with 26 new race and track bikes added as well as 85 cycling jerseys and five video clips of Sir Paul Smith talking about cycling culture, as well as other new video content.

What’s more, the price remains unchanged at £6.99 and if you already have the app installed on your iPad, the upgrade, which requires iOS 5.1, is absolutely free and will be released this Friday 29 June – just in time for the Tour de France.

The upgrade takes the number of bikes shown in the app to 126, and as for the videos of Sir Paul Smith, who once harboured dreams of becoming a pro bike racer, all we’ll say is if you know of another internationally famous fashion designer who is able to trackstand while talking to camera, we’d love to see it (although obviously, when it comes to knights of the realm, we reckon Sir Chris Hoy might have the edge).

Produced by Heuristic Media in association with Thames & Hudson, publishers of the book, the app can be downloaded here and a short video has also been released highlighting some of the new features.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.