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Hardcover The Bicycle Wheel 3rd Edition Book

ISBN: 0960723668

ISBN13: 9780960723669

The Bicycle Wheel 3rd Edition

This description may be from another edition of this product. The 'Bicycle Wheel' is a book for every cyclist, from novice rider to experienced wheel builder, going beyond the most commonly asked questions. This volume answers questions such as: Should I use...


Format: Hardcover

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Customer Reviews

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Wheels are complex, but this book makes simple.

Years ago, I disassembled my father's front wheel and rebuilt it, just to see if I could. Then I noticed that I'd made some mistakes, so I did it again. And again. Days later, when I gave up, it still wasn't right. I bought a copy of this book, and promptly built myself some wheels that I just retired at around 10 years old.Wheels are *complicated* structures. But this book makes it possible for the moderately competent tinkerer to learn to build the most beautiful, efficient, functional structure s/he'll ever put together. And that's pretty cool.

Invaluable Guide to Wheelbuilding

I built my first pair of wheels six months ago using Jobst's book. I had no prior wheel building experience, and no assistance or any other guidance. The wheels have been reliable and remain true after several thousand miles.Jobst explodes the 'myth and lore' surrounding bicycle wheels and provides a straightforward, practical handbook. If you follow the directions exactly, you will be rewarded with durable, true bicycle wheels.

Build, maintain and repair your own wheels without fear

I have been using Mr. Brandt's book for 19 years now (since its first edition in 1981). It is invaluable. Concise, clearly written. It debunks myths and makes the seemingly complicated matter of the bicycle wheel easy to understand and not intimidating at all. Maintain, repair, rebuild or build new wheels. The results are perfect. Ride without fear. Have pride in what you have done and show it off to others.

Build Your Own Wheels

This is the book if you even have a remote interest in building your own wheels. You will not be intimidated by this book. Use the easy to follow instructions and you will have the intense satisfaction of riding on wheels you have done yourself.

Opinionated and Priceless

Jobst Brandt is an engineer who has been a consultant to the bicycle industry for many years, having been involved in the creation of Avocet's line of road tires, among other products. Those who have corresponded with him or read his posts on rec.bicycling know him as an opinionated, seemingly gruff fellow who does not suffer fools lightly. Quite a reputation. But what Jobst is probably best known for is this book, The Bicycle Wheel. In it, he demolishes myths, and gives actual engineering data to support his contentions about bicycle wheels materials and construction. He tells you why butted spokes are better and longer lasting than straight gauge spokes, and why tying and soldering spokes doesn't make a wheel any stronger (and why it was nonetheless a useful thing for track racers to do). He explains why radial spoking doesn't really make for a rougher ride, as some claim, and he gives actual figures on elongation and strain to back up his claims And he teaches you how to build good bicycle wheels, too. This is a book for any serious bicycle rider. If you choose to build your own wheels, Brandt will teach you to that. If you buy your wheels, Brandt will teach you to spec and maintain them. And if you're simply interested in better understanding the function and physics of bicycle wheels, he'll teach you that as well. Not a bad deal for one small volume.
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