Simply put, Bicycle Portraits is a photographic story of South Africans and their bicycles. The three-book series was produced by Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler during their two years of travel around the country. Each book contains 54 portraits of South African cyclists. The series also features essays by Nobel Prize laureate JM Coetzee and other works by a number of local writers and artists. One of the coolest components of the book series is the accompanying watercolor maps created by designer Gabrielle Guy. Working off of Google Maps, the illustrations chart the location of each of the featured cyclists. The books are available for purchase through Day One Publishing.

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(images via Bicycle Portraits)