Bicycling Science

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MIT Press, 2004 - Science - 477 pages
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The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses humanmuscles in a near-optimum way. This new edition of the bible of bicycle builders and bicyclistsprovides just about everything you could want to know about the history of bicycles, how humanbeings propel them, what makes them go faster, and what keeps them from going even faster. Thescientific and engineering information is of interest not only to designers and builders of bicyclesand other human-powered vehicles but also to competitive cyclists, bicycle commuters, andrecreational cyclists.The third edition begins with a brief history of bicycles and bicycling thatdemolishes many widespread myths. This edition includes information on recent experiments andachievements in human-powered transportation, including the "ultimate human- powered vehicle," inwhich a supine rider in a streamlined enclosure steers by looking at a television screen connectedto a small camera in the nose, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It contains completelynew chapters on aerodynamics, unusual human-powered machines for use on land and in water and air,human physiology, and the future of bicycling. This edition also provides updated information onrolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering andstability, power and speed, and materials. It contains many new illustrations.

 

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

My experience reading this book at this point in my life - 1 star. My expectations of referencing this book in the future - 5 stars. We'll settle on a 3 star rating for now. Based on the title/cover ... Read full review

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User Review  - Larry Staton jr. - Goodreads

The finest book on cycling that I've read. Clear and concise explanations of the physics and mechanics of riding bikes without the dryness of technical language. Read full review

Contents

A short history of bicycling
3
Human power generation
37
Thermal effects on power production how bicyclists keep cool
109
SOME BICYCLE PHYSICS
121
Power and speed
123
Bicycle aerodynamics
173
Rolling tires and bearings
207
Braking
237
Mechanics and mechanisms power transmission
311
Materials and stresses
353
HUMANPOWERED VEHICLES AND MACHINES
397
Unusual humanpowered machines
399
Humanpowered vehicles in the future
431
Appendix
457
Timeline
465
Index
473

Steering and balancing
263

Common terms and phrases

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