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Bicycling Science : The MIT Press - David Gordon Wilson

Bicycling Science

The MIT Press


Published: 1st April 2004
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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.

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

Prefacep. vii
Human Power
A short history of bicyclingp. 3
Human power generationp. 37
Thermal effects on power production (how bicyclists keep cool)p. 109
Some Bicycle Physics
Power and speedp. 123
Bicycle aerodynamicsp. 173
Rolling: tires and bearingsp. 207
Brakingp. 237
Steering and balancingp. 263
Mechanics and mechanisms: power transmissionp. 311
Materials and stressesp. 353
Human-Powered Vehicles And Machines
Unusual human-powered machinesp. 399
Human-powered vehicles in the futurep. 431
Appendixp. 457
Timelinep. 465
Indexp. 473
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ISBN: 9780262731546
ISBN-10: 0262731541
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 485
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: New edition