The Bike Deconstructed
A Grand Tour of the Road Bicycle
Do you know the difference between a head tube and a headset? Can you tell whether a frame is made from steel or carbon fibre? Do you know how a derailleur works and why it revolutionised bike design? If not, this is the perfect guide for you. The Bike Deconstructed celebrates bicycle design by looking at its individual components, large and small. Their historical roots are explored, key features identified and principal uses (and sometimes misuses) revealed. Along the way, you’ll learn how they are made, how they function, and why we need so many different variations.
The Bike Deconstructed analyses the road bicycle by looking at its constituent parts. From the anatomy of the drive chain to the geometry of the frame, and from spoke-weaving patterns to the effect of fork rake on steering and stability, every aspect of the bike is examined in detail. The book includes detailed text, eye-catching photographs and a wide range of diagrams. Revealing the evolution of each part, from its origins to the latest technology, the bicycle is literally and figuratively dismantled, with chapters on seven key areas: Materials, Frameset, Wheels, Drivetrain, Brakes, Contact Points and Accessories.
Richard Hallett has been writing about cycles and cycling for a quarter of a century and is noted for his knowledge of the intricacies of cycling technology. An enthusiastic cycle tourist and an occasional mountain biker since buying his first in 1987, Richard enjoyed considerable success in competitive road and track cycling in his youth, when with Steve Marchant he set national tandem track records at 5, 10 and 20 km. To this day he prefers riding hilly time trials and, 30 years after setting it, still holds the tricycle course record for the Isle of Man TT circuit. For five years as editor of RoadCyclingUK.com, Richard has written for Rouleur, Procycling and Cycling Plus magazines and was technical editor of Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport. When not writing, he builds bicycle framesets and wheels.
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