Bicycling ScienceBicycling Science is a bike book for those interested in, well, the science of cycling.
As has often been noted, the bicycle uses human muscles in an almost optimal way.
The latest edition of the "bible of bicycle builders and bicyclists" provides all the details one could want to know about the following:
1. the history of bicycles
2. how human beings make them go
3. what makes them go faster
There is information on both the scientific and engineering aspects of bikes.
The third edition starts with a short history of bicycles and bicycling.
It then goes on to discuss information on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation. In some of these, test-riders have reached the astounding speed of around 80 miles per hour.
There are new chapters on aerodynamics, human-powered machines "for use on land and in water and air," human physiology, and the future of cycling.
Full of illustrations, this is a great book that can be enjoyed by the layman.
"Bicycling Science is the bible for bicycle and human-powered vehicle development. It offers the reader a good understanding of the technical aspects of bicycle design, as well as a look back at where we've come from, and perhaps where we're going. Everyone involved in the bicycle industry should read this book -- a real gem." --Bob Bryant, Publisher, Recumbent Cyclist News
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