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The Bike Deconstructed: A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The Bike Deconstructed is an elegant book. Subtitled "A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle" this 8 by 10 inch volume is a nearly 200 page visual and textual examination of the various mechanisms that combined make the delightful machine we call a bicycle. It is a book best browsed, taken in small chunks and contemplated over time. For that is exactly what Richard Hallett did in constructing this book.

With clear photographs and prose, Hallett examines each bit of the bicycle. As each part is contemplated histories are revealed and options explored. Hallett's gaze is through the lens of now, but the past is not forgotten, indeed as Faulkner noted, it's not even past. So we see electronic shifting but also hub gears. Carbon fiber is here but so is steel, aluminum and titanium.

This is a book a child will find fascinating but The Bike Deconstructed will also reveal some new insights to the even the most grizzled of bike gurus. This is a book for those that gaze at bicycles with a sense of wonder. This book informs that wonder and the knowledge of the parts increase our appreciation of the whole.

Fans of recumbents and mountain bikes may lament that their machines are not considered here but Hallett has chosen to restrict his scope in this volume primarily to the conventionally framed modern road bicycle. I cannot call this a fault of the book, for the extreme focus has brought forth great clarity.

This book, like the bicycle itself, offers something for both the poet and the engineer. That something is beauty and it is presented beautifully in the words and photographs that fill the pages of this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2014
Well I'll start by saying I'm really impress with this book its well put together, explains about the advantages and disadvantages about the different frame structures like Steel, Titanium, Allimunum and Carbon Fiber. Gives you a lot of details, good explanations, amazing pictures. Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase, great book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2014
I've been getting more involved with the mechanical side of bicycling and this book was an interesting addition to my library. It gives a brief history of the components and was very easy to read and understand. The photos are excellent. The reason I give it four or of five stars is that I probably won't come back to read it or reference it. For me being a newbie in bicycling mechanics it was a nice course in getting to know the bike. The book itself isn't designed as a how-to book but rather the course of events that led to modern road bicycles and their components.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2014
Incredible book. There are parts where a better understanding of metalurgy and/or carbon science would come in handy, and others where diagrams would be helpful, but even as it was, the book was a wonderful guide to the bike. I'd recommend it to anyone that really likes to ride and admires their bike.
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on September 4, 2014
Very detailed and a perfect resource when I'm compelled to delve into my bicycle's deepest recesses. Goes beyond all other repair manuals attempts.
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on July 24, 2015
very interesting to read and great pics to help you understand and visualize what the verbiage is telling you. Very happy with this purchase
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on January 11, 2015
Good book; gets you to know the "misteries" of the bicycle. Well exposed.
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on May 7, 2015
awesome book if you're looking for the history of the construction of bicycles.
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on February 17, 2015
Very explanatory book. Considered buying a second one after gifting it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2014
Nice reference book to add to my collection. I enjoyed reading through it and reviewing the pictures. If you are interested in not only riding, but also wrenching bikes on occasion, then you may want to give this one a try.
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