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“73 Degrees – Volume One” – framebuilders write a book about other framebuilders

Another framebuilders write a book about framebuilders book.

“73 Degrees – Volume One” is a new book about framebuilders from around the world written by Mark Reilly and Jim Walker, the men behind Enigma handbult bicycles. Four bike nuts - an entrepreneur, a frame builder, a photographer and a designer - travelled the world in search of the people who have perfected the processes behind the engineering of the ultimate hand-crafted bicycle frame.

Walker, Reilly, Simpson and Fisher explored the workshops of these frame builders, absorbing the mythology of the industry as they talked and drank with them, immersing themselves in the long hours of mitering, welding and painting, before gazing with admiration at the end results.

Taking a broader world view than the UK focused Made In England book on framebuilders “73 Degrees” features the craft of Baum, Crisp, Enigma, Firefly, Independant Fabrication, Mercian, Pegoretti, Sachs, Seven, Tommasini and Columbus. Master builders all wih their unique vision of what creates the perfect symbiosis between bicycle and rider, power, performance, confidence, efficiency and aesthetics.

“73 Degrees” is a book written by frame builders about frame builders, apart from the foreward which is written by Sean Yates, former Tour De France yellow jersey holder and Team Sky Directeur Sportif. Perfect for all those who love the handcrafted bicycle it’s the story of the engineering behind the beauty, a book that highlights obsession and yearning. Volume One suggests there might be another one on the way.

To celebrate the launch of “73 Degrees” you could win a titanium frame. Within the pages of ten random copies lucky readers will find a Willy Wonka style “Titanium Ticket”, each of these tickets will win a part or component from an Esprit titanium bike, such as a frame, fork, Mavic Kysrium Elite wheels, Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset, or a piece of Enigma finishing kit.

“73 Degrees – Volume One” costs £30.00, do you feel lucky?

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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