Vintage wheels - Gianluca Zaghi
Expertise meets passion: The book about the love for classic racing and touring bikes
Get your hands dirty and clean your soul... This is the motto with which Gianluca Zaghi devotes himself to his great passion: working on beautiful old bicycles. He has long been considered one of the most sought-after restorers of classic racing and touring bikes worldwide. With "Vintage Wheels" he is now presenting an elegantly designed book to share his knowledge and passion with other connoisseurs and interested parties.
Restoring old bikes is a real art. Creativity and professional skill are equally required. Gianluca Zaghi, a bike and cycling enthusiast since childhood, has the knack and the expertise. He has already breathed new life into hundreds of masterpieces by international frame builders. In this book, he takes his readers into the fascinating world of restorers and reveals the secrets of his craft.
Illustrated with a wealth of photos, Gianluca Zaghi explains what is important when appraising flea market or barn finds, selecting the right tools and materials and the individual steps of a conservative, complete or creative restoration. And of course he also shows a selection of his most beautiful works - in large-format photos that take the viewer back to a time when racing bikes still had an almost heroic aura.
With a foreword by Giancarlo Brocci, an introduction by Mike Wolfe, and guest contributions by Helio Ascari, Luciano Berruti, Wesley Hatakeyama, Aldo Pacini, Stelio Rossi, and Greg Softley.
Release date : March 2021
Author : Harry Pearson
Softcover, 312 pages in the format 21 cm x 14.8 cm
Translated from the English by Rainer Sprehe
Covadonga Verlag , Rainer Sprehe, Spindelstr. 58, D-33604 Bielefeld
ISBN : 978-3-95726-054-3
VOICES ABOUT THE BOOK
Such books are far too rare: please grab them while stocks last.
A must-have for all retro fans and those who want to become one: The bicycle restorer Gianluca Zaghi chats inside the box. […] Rarely seen such a beautiful workshop book!
Fascinating insights into the magic of dealing with time-honoured bicycle technology.
In well-structured chapters, those who are already infected are encouraged to create more themselves, and newcomers are encouraged to look for an object.
Also a reading recommendation due to its appealing presentation and the many photos worth seeing.
The book celebrates the refurbishment of beautiful old bikes with suitable, well-made pictures, texts worth reading and essays by more or less well-known types from the vintage scene.
The atmospheric photographs are by no means everything; After all, the book is a guide to becoming active as a restorer yourself.
Great workmanship, very valuable and beautiful to touch and look at. […] In any case, the book manages to make you want to get your hands dirty and to look for a free space in your apartment for a workshop.
Gianluca Zaghi, born in 1969, is a passionate cyclist and lover of cycling. Having lived as an artist in New York and London, he is now recognized as one of the world's finest and most influential restorers of vintage bicycles. Since 2014 he has rebuilt several hundred classic racing and touring bikes for customers from more than sixty countries in his workshop "VSB Vintage Speed Bicycles". Gianluca Zaghi lives and works in Ticino.