Cycle Publishing / Van der Plas
We publish books on
bikes & biking,
selected other sports, and manufactured
Our books are available through the book
trade, Internet book outlets, and directly
from us at this web site.
Our specialty is bicycle
books, ranging from repair manuals to
illustrated bicycle history books.
Other books deal with
other sports, including
baseball, golf, and fitness exercise.
Beyond that, we also have
several books on the subject of manufactured
In the past, we also hosted the site for the International Cycling History Conference (yes, there really is such a thing), for which we publish the annual Proceedings.
Please note that there is now a separate site for the ICCH,
the link for which you will find on our "Links"
Cycle Publishing / Van der Plas Publications
1282 7th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122,
Tel: (415) 665-8214
Fax: (415) 753-8572
For E-mail contact, please select the
"Contact Us" tab on the left
Rebour: The Bicycle
Illustrations of Daniel Rebour. This is
an exhaustive collection of the original
line drawings of bicycles and bicycle
components and accessories by the famed
French technical illustrator Daniel Rebour.
With caption texts by Rob van der Plas and
Frank Berto. The large-format book includes
200 drawings of complete bicycles and 1,800
drawings of components and accessories.
Touring Holland, NEW 2nd Edition,
revised and updated. Brought fully up to
date by riding every route in the book and
marking any changes since publication of the
Past and Presence of an Iconic Bicycle Brand
Commemorating a 125-year pedigree of making
bicycles, this book is a fully illustrated,
thorough history of what is probably the
world's best-known bicycle brand. Recounting
the company's ups and downs, it's pioneering
engineering and its missed opportunities,
its ventures into cars and motorcycles, and
its wartime ammunitions production, as well
as its bicycle production. Also included is
a chapter devoted to Raleigh's erstwhile
subsidiary Sturmey-Archer's hub gears and
hub brakes. Visit Tony Hadland’s website
for more information on this project.
We now also distribute
Andrew Ritchie's self-published
Speed: A History of Early Bicycle Racing.
The Little Black
Bottle: Choppy Warburton, the Question of
Doping, and the Deaths of His Bicycle Racers
As today's bicycle racing is in the news and
the shadow of doping hangs over some of its
presumed heroes, this book takes a look at
the same issue as it surfaced more than a
century ago. Trainer Choppy Warburton had a
little black bottle that was believed to
have the powers of restoring or breaking the
riders under his charge. In this book Gerry
Moore reveals what is really know about the
man, his little black bottle, and his
Major Taylor: "The Fastest Bicycle
Rider in the World" NEW 2nd Edition
The updated, expanded, and fully
illustrated new edition of Andrew Ritchie's
biography of Major Taylor, the first black
American sportsman to achieve world fame at
what was at the time the most popular
spectator sport: bicycle track racing. Now
in hardcover format, and fully illustrated
with over 100 duotone photographs.
Unknown Tour de France, NEW 3rd Edition,
Newly updated and expanded edition,
illustrated with 150 duotone photographs.
There is more to the Tour de France than
meets the eye, and Les Woodland tells all
about it. Now in a large hardcover format,
printed on art paper to do justice to all
the fascinating photographs.
Dancing Chain, NEW 4th Edition
Updated and expanded new edition, with many
new illustrations and additional technical
and historic information. Includes new
contributions by Jan Heine, in addition to
those by Ron Shepherd, Raymond Henry, Walter
Ulreich, Tony Hadland, and Gordon Selby.
The Birth of
Dirt, NEW 2nd Edition
expanded edition, with many new
illustrations, now reproduced in color and
duotone. This is the full scoop on the
origins of mountain biking.
This comprehensive, superbly illustrated large-format repair
manual is the ultimate source of systematic maintenance and
repair instructions. It's fully up-to-date
and covers all types of bicycles—road,
mountain, touring, city, you name it. It's
also the only repair manual on the market to
day that will help you with older bikes as
well as with the latest.
Catch You Now
A novel set in the world of professional
bicycle racing. It's the latest book by
Ralph Hurne, whose earlier bicycle racing
novel The Yellow Jersey was a runaway
success when it first appeared.
Mountain Bike Maintenance
Rob van der Plas' Mountain Bike Maintenance (see
cover image top left) is the most
up-to-date mountain bike maintenance book on
the market today. Check it out. It is
printed in full color on high-quality coated
Tour de France was awarded the first
place prize in the category "Image-Driven
Books" by Bookbuilders West, the Western
States book design and publishing association, at its annual
book show, January 2010. Visit
http://www.bookbuilders.org to read more
about the book show and the awards.
Six-Day Bicycle Races (see cover
image second from top right) was awarded top honors in
the USA Book News Best Books 2006 contest in
the category "Sports, General." We're as proud
of the award as we are of the book itself.
It's a beautiful book; check it out.
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