Bicycling Science

ISBN-10: 0262731541

ISBN-13: 9780262731546

Edition: 3rd 2004

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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 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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Book details

List price: $33.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 485
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

David Gordon Wilson is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT. He is the author of Bicycling Science (MIT Press, third edition).

Preface
Human Power
A short history of bicycling
Human power generation
Thermal effects on power production (how bicyclists keep cool)
Some Bicycle Physics
Power and speed
Bicycle aerodynamics
Rolling: tires and bearings
Braking
Steering and balancing
Mechanics and mechanisms: power transmission
Materials and stresses
Human-Powered Vehicles And Machines
Unusual human-powered machines
Human-powered vehicles in the future
Appendix
Timeline
Index
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