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Bicycling Science, Second Edition
By: The Mit Press
The second edition of Bicycling Science includes new information on recent achievements and experiments in human-powered transportation, from the "ultimate human-powered vehicle" (UHPV) in which supine riders can achieve speeds well over 60 mph, to human-powered aircraft, boats, and rail transportation. New chapters cover the history of bicycle and humanpower technology and science, and the speed-power relationships of various modes and vehicles including performance predictions for the UHPV and the "commuter human-powered vehicle." The chapters on braking, steering, friction, air drag, rider cooling, and transmissions and gearing have all been enlarged and updated. James McCullagh, editor of Bicycling Magazine has written a Foreword for this edition which also includes many new illustrations.
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by: on: 09-Sep 2009
As a cyclist and an engineer I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very technical and interesting to read. Really nerds it up, and I loved it.
They've already tried it
by: on: 12-Feb 2009
I found Bicycling Science to answer every question I'd ever had while pedalling along wondering if I could be more efficient with this modification or that modification. It's one of those standard texts that if there were a course on cycling, this would be required reading. Covering subjects from wheels to warping you have to have this on your shelf if you're a serious cyclist. It is time to provide an updated version however as carbon construction is hardly touched on. Instead of spending thousands on components, save yourself the money and read what works to gain you speed and reduces your drag.
Science of bicycle design
by: on: 07-Sep 2008
Way more information than a casual reader needs, but chock full of engineering and design information for a bike builder. Also a good reference to refer to for evaluating performance and design claims by bike retailers. Before you plonk down $2000 for that special road bike, check the stats against this book. Oddly, steel frame bikes are pretty darn good when designed and built right. Do you need carbon fiber? Hmm.
Bike Nerd Heaven
by: on: 12-Nov 2007
As Miss Jean Brodie said, "For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like." She meant it as an insult, but I don't. Bicycling Science is nerd heaven, full of physics, engineering, molecular biology, aerodynamics and all kinds of other scientific manna. If you have an appetite for charts, graphs, and research studies, then this book will delight you with its explanations of why bikes work so well with the human body.
It's not casual reading by any means. I'd prefer the same information presented in slightly less academic tones, but that doesn't mean it isn't accurate or interesting. So I dip into my copy for short bursts. For me, it's not a cover-to-cover read, but it's been on my bedside table for months because I pick it up regularly.
Bicycling Science may well be more technical info than a casual fan can absorb. However, it's a great reference that will demystify your bike -- if that's the sort of thing you like.
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