Bicycle Technology: Understanding the Modern Bicycle and its Components (Cycling Resources)

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This book helps the interested cyclist select the best components and gives technical insights into the way they work. Essential background information for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the modern bike and its development throughout history. Illustrated with over 900 line drawings and photographs with clear explanatory captions.

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Rob van der Plas is a mechanical engineer with a passion for the bicycle. His earlier books include The Penguin Bicycle Handbook, The Mountain Bike Book, The Bicycle Repair Book, The Bicycle Touring Manual, and Mountain Bike Maintenance.

Stuart Baird is a retired avionics engineer who has been an active cyclist since the early 1980s. His earlier books include Performance Cycling.

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Lifelong bicycle aficionados Rob van der Plas and Stuart Baird have indulged their passion for cycling and created a beautifully illustrated compendium dedicated to the technology and engineering that goes into the modern bicycle and its key components. Their new book, titled Bicycle Technology, covers every detail and aspect of the modern bicycle, from the frame materials to the drivetrain, gears, to the wheels, suspension lights, bells and whistles, and more. They have shared their technical know-how and love of the history and the developments of the bicycle from its inauspicious beginnings to the use of space-age materials, and the incorporation of electronic innovations of today. --Midwest Book Review, October 2010

Bicycle Technology offers a wide-ranging look at modern and historical bicycles. The overview of components, materials and the history of the machine is neither a repair manual nor a comprehensive cycling history per se. Instead, the reader is introduced to the parts, accessories and science of bikes, as well as the mechanics of resistance and drag, techniques of frame construction and the economics of bicycle production. The chapters are generally accessible to lay readers, but the more technical territory may require additional background or illustration. Overall, Van der Plas and Baird have produced a thorough and enjoyable tome for any aspiring or accomplished bike nerd: A long edifying look into the science of this form of human-powered transport and an excellent resource for anyone interested in improving his or her technical knowledge of the bicycle. --Momentum Magazine, November-December 2010

This amazingly comprehensive 320-page book by lifelong bicycle aficionados Rob van der Plas and Stuart Baird is the ultimate book on the bicycle. From the average rider to the "gearhead," there is something for everyone. With hundreds of illustrations, a short yet thorough history, current model developments and speculations on future designs, this book will provide wonderful hours of reading for all bike lovers everywhere. The illustrations are amazing. This is a wonderful gift even if you aren't a bike lover. You surely will be when you've finished reading the book. --Kineticshift, September 2010

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