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on June 28, 2014
When two of the most knowledgeable and thorough researchers of cycling history work together to write a comprehensive guide of this type, we can expect an excellent result – and, in this book, Bicycle Design, we are not disappointed.

The book covers the whole of the cycle history of the last two hundred years and is impeccably referenced and cited with a good general index. It covers not only the development of the basic design but of the types of materials used, manufacturing methods and also the progress of components and ancillary parts as well.

Given that the history of the bicycle has acquired a whole miasma of myth, legend and downright deceit from its birth and throughout its development, an important part of the book is necessarily given over to, yet again, debunking those fairy tales. Sadly this is still a necessary task.

This is an essential handbook and reference work for anyone who wants to study or simply to understand the history and progress of the world’s most numerous vehicle from its primitive beginnings nearly two centuries ago right up to the present day.
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on August 16, 2014
This is a beautiful book, printed in the USA on high-quality paper. Filled with interesting and through-provoking information and illustrations, almost every aspect of the bicycle's evolution is addressed. The text is often formulaic, essentially listing who submitted a patent for what and then subsequent iterations that followed; but realistically, how much exciting prose can one generate about the evolution of handlebar stems?

My one complaint is the complete lack of attention given to bottom brackets and headsets. This is very puzzling given that these two vital components have undergone several design changes in my short lifetime alone. Cranks similarly are missing, despite a range of materials, spider configurations, and spindle interfaces.

All in all, an interesting read!
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on August 21, 2015
An amazingly detailed book, perhaps too much detail for a weekend rider like myself. However, there are lots of photographs and illustrations which make it easy to look through the book (all 564 pages including references and index).

The contents are as follows: (1) velocipedes and their forerunners; (2) front drive; (3) wire wheels; (4) indirect drive; (5) the safety bicycle; (6) comfort; (7) improving transmission; (8) braking; (9) saddles, pedals, and handlebars; (10) lighting; (11) luggage; (12) racing bicycles; (13) military bicycles; (14) mountain bikes; (15) small wheeled bicycles; (16) recumbent bicycles; and 4 appendices.

I enjoyed the insights on how bicycle organizations restricted the development of the bicycle over time. I remember when I began trying to ride on the streets in the 1960's, there were no robust bikes with puncture-resistant tires and gears for hills. It took the development of mountain bikes in the 1970's and 1980's to lead to new designs.
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on April 9, 2016
Interesting read, with good descriptions of many of the mechanisms they talk about (not an easy task, but essential for a book about designs). It wasn't a book that I would want to read in a few sittings, but great for 30 minutes here and there. You can easily just read the chapters you are interested in, wherever they are in the book, and not miss important knowledge mentioned previously. Where topics overlap the authors will refer you to other relevant chapters.
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on July 15, 2014
A marvelous reference book that should be on the shelf of anyone serious about the history and development of bicycles.

Hundreds of illustrations are well-reproduced and cover the wide gamut of bicycles, components, accessories, and use.

The detailed bibliography is a great starting point for accessing more in-depth material.

Kudos!
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on January 15, 2015
OMG-- just the best book for a bicycle builder / historian. Very comprehensive. A bit dry for those who aren't that into bottom brackets or history of tires or history of brakes or.... However, the recipient of this gifted book, who is builds bicycles, LOVES this book. He says it is like a trip to the bike museum Nationaal Fietsmuseum Velorama, in Nijmegan, The Netherlands, without the jet lag. He highly recommends this well-written, well-illustrated, and comprehensive book.
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on July 24, 2014
Quite simply the go-to book on the subject.
Well written, informative and very well researched.

You're missing out on something special by not reading it.
I know, I've read all the others.

emanuel ferretti, framebuilder.
http://revanchebikeco.wordpress.com/
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on January 4, 2015
This was a gift for a bicycle enthusiast. He found it very comprehensive and enjoyable to read.
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on October 27, 2014
Good book. Arrived on time.
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on January 7, 2015
Fascinating history
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