Whether a speed machine streamlining a banked racing track, a heavy black roadster negotiating the streets of Calcutta, or a portable bike dodging New York City's potholes, the bicycle is plain-spoken poetry on wheels. Throughout the world bikes continue to withstand time's assault -- not to mention the automobile -- as an irresistible reminder of the beauty of human powered transportation. Despite the bicycle's perseverance, its design has remained relatively traditional, with small interest in new thinking ... until recently. But now there is an increasing interest in alternatives, and a refreshing imaginativeness in the design and manufacture of cycles and accessories. Encycleopedia 1999 is about those alternatives.
Encycleopedia 1999 features revolutionary inventors, designers, and engineers attempting to better the world by offering real, practical transportation alternatives. Brought together in this full-color aficionado's guide -- complete with manufacturer profiles and contact information -- these bicycles offer the cutting-edge in human-powered transportation. Encycleopedia tells you how to find them.