Bicycling Science

Bicycling Science


By (author) David Gordon Wilson, By (author) Jim Papadopoulos

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 485 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262731541
  • ISBN 13: 9780262731546
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 226
  • Sales rank: 47,783

Product description

The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This new edition of the bible of bicycle builders and bicyclists provides just about everything you could want to know about the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster, and what keeps them from going even faster. The scientific and engineering information is of interest not only to designers and builders of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles but also to competitive cyclists, bicycle commuters, and recreational cyclists.The third edition begins with a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths. This edition includes information on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation, including the "ultimate human- powered vehicle," in which a supine rider in a streamlined enclosure steers by looking at a television screen connected to a small camera in the nose, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It contains completely new 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 on rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and materials. It contains many new illustrations.

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Author information

David Gordon Wilson is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT. He is the author of Bicycling Science (MIT Press, third edition).

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"Bicycling Science...dispels the mythology that so commonly surrounds bicycle technology, while encouraging the passion riders feel for the sport..." D.R.S. American Scientist "...full of interesting material to ponder while pedaling down the road." American Journal of Physics Jearl Walker "...full of interesting material to ponder while pedaling down the road." Jearl Walker American Journal of Physics "This expanded and updated edition of a classic work offers a comprehensive introduction to bicycle technology... The information Wilson provides may be most appreciated by bicycle designers and builders, but is likely to interest anyone who competes, commutes, of just likes to have fun on two wheels." Science