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Old 04-01-11, 10:23 AM
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Has anyone read Bicycling Science?

Has anyone read Bicycling Science by David Gordon Wilson?

Wilson is a engineering professor at MIT and a amateur cyclist. The book is a very in depth look at the physics, engineer, and science of bikes.

Here is the link to the third and best edition. It can also be found on Amazon.com

http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item...pe=2&tid=10063

Are there any other geeks like me who have or are interested in reading it?
Any suggestions of similar books?
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I had that book. Never read the whole thing though.
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Books such as this one are dry as desert sand.
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I imagine you could write a fascinating book about desert sand. Haven't come across one, though.

I did find Bicycle Science very interesting. If you're looking for a novel or a memoir you'll be disappointed, but for those of us interested in technical detail, it's excellent.

I recently heard about Bicycle Technology, which might have the same appeal, but I haven't read it.
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Originally Posted by amymorina View Post
Has anyone read Bicycling Science by David Gordon Wilson?

Wilson is a engineering professor at MIT and a amateur cyclist. The book is a very in depth look at the physics, engineer, and science of bikes.

Here is the link to the third and best edition. It can also be found on Amazon.com

http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item...pe=2&tid=10063

Are there any other geeks like me who have or are interested in reading it?
Any suggestions of similar books?
DGW has a lot of good information, and a couple interesting opinions about bicycle design. Anyone interested in bicycle design should also read Archibald Sharp’s ‘Bicycles and Tricycles’ : http://bicycledesign.net/2010/10/arc...and-tricycles/ in order to learn the variations and permutations that have been tried.
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I got a copy decades ago. I don't know what happened to it, but a GF got me a new copy just a couple of years ago.
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
Books such as this one are dry as desert sand.
True Story. That's why I never read the whole thing. I'm still waiting for Malcolm Gladwell to write a bike about bicycles. Now that book should be a fun read.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
DGW has a lot of good information, and a couple interesting opinions about bicycle design. Anyone interested in bicycle design should also read Archibald Sharp’s ‘Bicycles and Tricycles’ : http://bicycledesign.net/2010/10/arc...and-tricycles/ in order to learn the variations and permutations that have been tried.
Thanks for the link to the free version of this book:
http://www.archive.org/details/bicyc...cycl03shargoog

With all due respect to David Gordon Wilson, the best and the brightest minds are no longer writing about cycling as they were in 1896.

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