Review: Cyclepedia for iPad

By Kevin Rouse

As an individual who makes his living off of the printed page, I normally harbor a not-so-slight bias toward a publication’s physical manifestation over any digital version. Call me a traditionalist, but, for me, the sensation of the tangible page trumps any slick “multimedia” or high-tech interactivity. At least until I downloaded the Cyclepedia app for iPad.

As one of the few (read: only) examples I’ve come across where the digital version proves more captivating than the print version, the Cyclepedia app represents something special in the publishing world. The Luddite in me has me a bit scared, but the experience offered by the Cyclepedia app is nothing short of amazing.

Smartly organized and wonderfully intuitive--and only $9.99 (the print version retails for upwards of $20)--the Cyclepedia app definitely represents the vanguard of app design. However, design is of little consequence if the content isn’t engaging as well.

This, then, is where Cyclepedia truly shines. Providing detailed information, wonderfully executed photography, and interactive, 360-degree views for 100 bicylcles spanning nearly a century of bike history, the app is a treasure trove of classics and oddities alike.

There’s a reason why this app was rated App of the Week in the UK iTunes store, it’s simply stunning from the second you first launch it (and every other time its launched for that matter), and is almost guaranteed to be the most interesting and engaging app on your iPad--bar none.