From country lanes to city centers, everyone is getting on a bike: it offers a cheap, independent, green, and healthy way to explore. While cycle touring has been around for decades, biking in cities abroad is a newer phenomenon, coinciding with the rise of “cycle chic,” new urban bike routes, and city-sponsored rental services.
Thames & Hudson has joined with the sophisticated cycling brand, Rapha Racing, to produce a series of city-cycling guides geared to seeing Europe on two wheels. Each of the eight compact volumes in the boxed set features cycle-friendly neighborhoods in London, Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and more, complete with itineraries, cycle maps, and cyclist-friendly places to visit. The guides are aimed at people interested in casual exploration, but there is also information for hardcore racing enthusiasts. Designed with the cyclist in mind, the slim paperbacks will fit easily into a backpack or back pocket.
A box set of illustrated guides to biking through eight European cities.
— Design Sponge
With understated style and superb quality that matches their apparel, the style vanguards at Rapha have created a set of cycling guidebooks for eight European cities that are almost too pretty to cram in a pannier…Feature[s] page after page of beautiful illustrations by artists from each city.
— Adventure Cyclist
The pages brim with in-depth neighborhood info, invaluable tips on getting around by bike, and gorgeous illustration…Small but mighty.
Max Leonard is a writer and cyclist. He is a co-author of Fixed: Global Fixed-Gear Bike Culture. He lives in England.
Andrew Edwards is a graphic designer and amateur racer. He is a co-author of Fixed: Global Fixed-Gear Bike Culture. He lives in England.