Bicycling Science

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The second edition of Bicycling Science includes new information on recent achievements and experiments in human-powered transportation, from the "ultimate human-powered vehicle" (UHPV) in which supine riders can achieve speeds well over 60 mph, to human-powered aircraft, boats, and rail transportation. New chapters cover the history of bicycle and humanpower technology and science, and the speed-power relationships of various modes and vehicles including performance predictions for the UHPV and the "commuter ...
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Overview

The second edition of Bicycling Science includes new information on recent achievements and experiments in human-powered transportation, from the "ultimate human-powered vehicle" (UHPV) in which supine riders can achieve speeds well over 60 mph, to human-powered aircraft, boats, and rail transportation. New chapters cover the history of bicycle and humanpower technology and science, and the speed-power relationships of various modes and vehicles including performance predictions for the UHPV and the "commuter human-powered vehicle." The chapters on braking, steering, friction, air drag, rider cooling, and transmissions and gearing have all been enlarged and updated. James McCullagh, editor of Bicycling Magazine has written a Foreword for this edition which also includes many new illustrations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262730600
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/1982
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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David Gordon Wilson is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coauthor of the first two editions of Bicycling Science and was the editor of the journal Human Power from 1994 to 2002.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
HUMAN POWER
1 History of human-powered machines and vehicles
References
2 Human power generation
Muscle chemistry and mechanisms
Breathing
Maximum performance versus time
Bicycling performance
Conclusion
References
3 How bicyclists keep cool
Heat-transfer data and deductions
Minimum air speed
Bicycling in cold and hot conditions
Physiology of body-temperature regulation
Heat-transfer comparison of swimming, running, and bicycling
Conclusions
Some speculations
References
SOME BICYCLE PHYSICS
4 Wind resistance
Drag
Reducing frontal area
Reducing drag coefficient by streamlining
Combined effects of recumbent posture and streamlining
Aerodynamic effects of passing vehicles
Drafting
References
5 The wheel
Rolling resistance
Advantages and disadvantages of small-wheeled bicycles
Effect of wheel mass on acceleration effort
Rough roads and springing
Shape and resilience of spoked tension wheels
References
6 Mechanical friction
Power losses in chain transmission
Hearings
Friction in the rider's limb joints
References
7 The relationship between power and speed
Effect of bicycle type on performance
Power needed for land locomotion
Bicycling versus other human-powered locomotion
Effect of gradients and headwinds
Human power versus engines and motors
References
8 Braking
The friction of dry solid substances
Bicycle brakes
Duty of brake surfaces
Friction between tire and road
Longitudinal stability during braking
Minimum braking distances for stable vehicles
Rear-wheel-only braking
Wet-weatherbraking
Backpacking
References
9 Balancing and steering
Steering characteristics of nonflexing bicycles
Range of practicable configurations for standard bicycles
Shimmy
Other factors complicating steering
Alternative designs
Hands-off bicycling
References
10 Materials and stress
Factor of safety
Loading
Strength of materials
Other material properties and criteria for choice
Steel versus aluminum alloys
Nonmetallic components
Alternative frame materials
Conclusions and speculations
References
MECHANICS AND MECHANISMS
11 Power transmission
Transmission efficiency
Nonpositive drives
Positive drives
Conclusions
References
12 Unusual pedaled machines
Off-road vehicles
Boats
Ice and snow machines
Railway cycles
Aircraft
Lawn mowers
Energy-storage bicycles
Cyclecars
Human-powered vehicles in the Third World
References
13 Human-powered vehicles in the future
Design competitions
IHPVA races
Future commuting vehicles
A saner future
References
Appendix
Conversion factors
Derivations
Mass and weight
Properties of dry air at normal pressures
Gear-speed conversion chart
Index
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