The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle

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Unlike other bicycle history books, which cover only the first 100 years, this book deals extensively with the second century of bicycle development. It traces the development of the modern derailleur bicycle from its crude beginnings right up to the most modern mountain bikes and road racing bicycles. This thoroughly updated and expanded edition includes over 100 additional illustrations and hundreds of text corrections and updates.
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Overview

Unlike other bicycle history books, which cover only the first 100 years, this book deals extensively with the second century of bicycle development. It traces the development of the modern derailleur bicycle from its crude beginnings right up to the most modern mountain bikes and road racing bicycles. This thoroughly updated and expanded edition includes over 100 additional illustrations and hundreds of text corrections and updates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892495693
  • Publisher: Cycle Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Berto is a mechanical engineer and bicycle historian, former technical editor of Bicycling Magazine. Consultant to Shimano and other bicycle and bicycle component manufacturers. He is the author of Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Bicycle and Birth of Dirt: The Origins of Mountain Biking.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto

    The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto dvanhook 06/18/01 01:48 pm EDT rating: An invaluable reference document for vintage bicycle enthusiasts! It is well and thoroughly researched and fully illustrated with photographs and beautiful line drawings of bicycles and bicycle parts as they have developed over the past one hundred years. It also contains a many helpful and interesting graphs and charts. This beautiful book is as complete and authoritative as is possible, but is very readable even for those with no technical background. It is certain to become a collectors item and was published as a very limited edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Dances-With-Chains

    Despite a few errors and omissions, this is by far the largest, most informative, best illustrated, and most enjoyable single collection of data tracing the evolution of the modern multispeed bicycle transmission. If you enjoy cycling and working on bicycles, or if you would like to delve into the complexities and alternative solutions of a seemingly simple mechanical problem, you need this book. It could also be a great starting point for a case study or term project in a mechanical engineering course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    The Dancing Chain

    I bought it, I read it, I liked it. It came on a Friday, I couldn't put it down, I read the entire book in one weekend. I liked the illustrations and photos as much as the text. I do not buy too many books as I am a heavy library user. However I am very pleased with this purchase because it is a book that I will enjoy re-reading many times.

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