Mike Burrows new book is the story of the development of his own bikes, with a biographical background. While his previous book "Bicycle Design" concentrated on the principals of bike design, this book is an illustration of the practical results of his ideas.
As usual it is irreverent, fun and very entertaining. A must-have for anybody who wants to understand bicycles and bicycle history.
To break free from the norm requires some imagination, a critical mind and some stubbornness. It helps if you like to question accepted conventions and are not afraid of a few failures. These are characteristics that Mike Burrows has in bucket-loads. My favourite quote; “That’s a really stupid idea, I know because I tried it.”
Mike’s track record: thirty years ago he was designing aerodynamic wheels, handlebars, cranks and even brakes; mostly made entirely by himself and many of which have not yet been improved on. His Lotus Pur-suit bike helped Chris Boardman win an Olympic gold medal in Bar-celona in 1 992. The compact road frame he designed for Giant had an influence on almost every road bike made since. He has designed folding bikes, city bikes and freight bikes. He practical ly invented the recumbent tricycle, has spread his ideas through his journalism, and has, ofcourse, written books; l ike this one.