Bicycling Science

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"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

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262731546
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 485
  • Sales rank: 638,752
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface
Human Power
1 A short history of bicycling 3
2 Human power generation 37
3 Thermal effects on power production (how bicyclists keep cool) 109
Some Bicycle Physics
4 Power and speed 123
5 Bicycle aerodynamics 173
6 Rolling: tires and bearings 207
7 Braking 237
8 Steering and balancing 263
9 Mechanics and mechanisms: power transmission 311
10 Materials and stresses 353
Human-Powered Vehicles and Machines
11 Unusual human-powered machines 399
12 Human-powered vehicles in the future 431
Appendix 457
Timeline 465
Index 473
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