Bicycle Design

Bicycle Design

An Illustrated History

eBook - 2014
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"The bicycle ranks as one of the most enduring, most widely used vehicles in the world, with more than a billion produced during almost two hundred years of cycling history. This book offers an authoritative and comprehensive account of the bicycle's technical and historical evolution, from the earliest velocipedes (invented to fill the need for horseless transport during a shortage of oats) to modern racing bikes, mountain bikes, and recumbents. It traces the bicycle's development in terms of materials, ergonomics, and vehicle physics, as carried out by inventors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014]
Multiscript Copyrightdate: �2014
ISBN: 9780262322218
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Lessing, Hans-Erhard - Author


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May 09, 2019

This 500-page book on the history of the bicycle and its technological evolution is attractively laid-out and readable. After an introduction on the history, subsequent chapters look in detail at the development of components of the bicycle such as the spoked wheel and transmission. The book concludes with some appendices; a list of "select literature" by subject; a lengthy list of references; and an index. One feature that is missing, that this reader would have found helpful, is a glossary of technical terms such as seat squab and lay shaft. I was disappointed that they missed the "Brike" articulated, single-speed, recumbent tricycle that was offered briefly in the early 90s.

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