Bicycling Science, Fourth Edition

byDavid Gordon Wilson, Theodor SchmidtContribution byJeremy J M. Papadopoulos

May 5, 2020|
Bicycling Science, Fourth Edition by David Gordon Wilson
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An updated edition of a classic: an indispensable companion for a new era in cycling.

The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This essential volume offers a comprehensive account of the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster—and what keeps them from going even faster. Over the years, and through three previous editions, Bicycling Science has become the bible of technical bicycling not only for designers and builders of bicycles but also for cycling enthusiasts.

After a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths, this fourth edition covers recent experiments and research on human-powered transportation, with updated material on cycling achievements, human-powered machines for use on land and in air and water, power-assisted bicycles, and human physiology. The authors have also added new information on aerodynamics, rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and other topics. This edition also includes many new references and figures.

With racks of bikeshare bikes on city sidewalks, and new restrictions on greenhouse gas–emitting cars, bicycle use will only grow. This book is the indispensable companion for a new era in cycling.

David Gordon Wilson was Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT. An acknowledged authority on human-powered transit and bicycle design—and the self-described “father of modern recumbents”—he was also a prolific inventor and an early advocate for a “carbon fee” to encourage the use of rene...
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Title:Bicycling Science, Fourth Edition
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:568 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.31 in
Shipping dimensions:568 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.31 in
Published:May 5, 2020
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262538404

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