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Cycling Science: How Rider and Machine Work Together Hardcover – November 15, 2012
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About the Author
Max Glaskin is an award-winning science and technology journalist with a special interest in cycling. He has contributed to a vast range of publications, including New Scientist, Reader’s Digest, and the Sunday Times.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a beautiful book. Each topic and subtopic is covered quickly, in a two page spread. One page is mostly text, explaining concepts and major points to be taken away by the reader. The remainder of the page and the following page are taken up by infographics, backing up major points and providing greater depth as well as visual impact. In fact, I think the infographics are the real meat of the book -- I often found the text itself a little scant and found much more to be gained by pushing deeper into the graphics.
One graphic I found especially interesting appears at the end of the book, presenting the relative performance effects of a wide array of changes you could make as a rider, to yourself and to your equipment. For a novice, clearly the biggest bang for the buck is in training, although improvements in the aerodynamics of your riding position and your equipment are huge, especially in comparison to the advantages to be gained by reducing either the bike's weight or your own -- a nice counter to bike weight fetishism.
There is a lot here to appeal to in the standard things that cycling geeks love to debate -- wheel weight vs. wheel aerodynamics, ideal pedaling cadences, frame tube shapes, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book that provides technical insight into aspects of cycling that are often overlooked or misunderstood.Published 11 months ago by John Otters
The book was enjoyable as it dabbed into the truly complicated science behind cycling. However, it did little more than scrape the surface and left me wanting more. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Derek
Very interesting and good book. Relatively easy to understand.
Gives you are good idea behind many of the things you might be thinking of when you ride. Read more
If you're a bike geek then this book is for you. But if you don't like in-depth explanations then you better pass on. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Agriculturist
Very comfortable ride and I would recommend this seat to anyone who is into comfort and not weight saving. Great for Adventure or Trekking Cyclists.Published on January 3, 2014 by Ray Burton
Well, not much there. Interesting about the chain not needing any lube except to keep it from rusting. Maybe or maybe not.Published on December 12, 2013 by Davis E. Straub
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