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The Bicycle Wheel Hardcover – 1 Dec 1993

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Avocet Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960723668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960723669
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clear, concise and straightforward to follow, the book gives invaluable information on the art of wheelbuilding. The science is covered in detail, but the most valuable section of the book is the build instructions.
I have used this book to build wheels for five bikes and achieved great results.
Thoroughly recommended.
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Whereas Jobst Brandt will never win any awards for popular fiction, his engineering knowledge is hard to fault. All the scientific and engineering background behind wheels and their applications is explained clearly and concisely, giving any would-be wheelbuilder all the grounding they need. Brandt is somewhat dismissive of lightweight wheels and only skims over nonstandard spoking patterns, deep-section rims and other technological advancements in favour of teaching the basic principles - which is not necessarily a bad thing.
This book is aptly nicknamed "the Bible" amongst wheelbuilders - everything you need to know on your chosen subject, just not necessarily something you'd read all at one go.
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This is an excellent book - a masterpiece of clear writing and a delight to read.

If you have ideas of inventing a new way of spoking a wheel that has never been done before, the author suggests not bothering, as it will already have been tried by someone. Instead, he suggests letting your contribution be in building wheels of excellent quality.

Since buying my first copy of the book (later replaced after I lost the first copy), I have built maybe six wheels by following the instructions. They varied from a front wheel for an old Moulton bike with a front hub brake (with spokes only a few inches long) to 27-inch wheels for a vintage Carlton racer. In every case, I simply followed the step-by-step instructions - result, a perfect wheel, every time.

For anyone wanting to build bicycle wheels, or who simply wants to understand how they work, I recommend Jobst Brandt's book without reservation.
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I read this book 25 years ago when I was 13. Despite not being the brightest candle on the cake at 13, within hours of reading this book, I was successfully building wheels to perfection. Jobst Brandt's ability to explain in a thorough, yet easy to understand way how to build accurately centred and aligned wheels is nothing short of genius. I was never a great achiever in maths at school, or any other subject for that matter, but I used what I had learned in this book for a maths project, which not only got an A+, but was also used by my maths teacher as an example to teach the rest of the class. This book should not only be read by those wishing to learn the art of wheel building, but should also be read by anyone looking to write any kind of instructional book, as it really sets the standard as to how it should be done. BRILLIANT!
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I could have have gone and done a wheel building course and maybe I still will but this book is gradually turning into a wheel builder and maybe one day a maestro. Wheel building I am discovering is a very fluid thing and rhythmic but of course there is the technical element to it, which this book covers brilliantly.
If you want to learn to build wheels, this book can teach you.
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Excellent manual for the wheel builder, or even for those just interested. The author is an engineer and gives engineering and mathematical explanations for how the spoked wheel works and how best to build one. Don't be frightened by the maths and engineering as it's not necessary to follow those in detail.
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I wanted to try making bicycle wheels. I thought I should gain some understanding of them first. This book is divided into two main sections. The first on theory, which is interesting and makes you realised that some assumptions most people would have on bicycle wheels are wrong. It also puts you in a better position when thinking about which components to use. The second section is on building wheels which is again informative. Overall a good book and an interesting read (if you are into that kind of thing!). It did not take long to read the whole thing, so not as dry as such a book could have been. Definitely recommended.
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One of the best (if not the best) approach to wheels, comprehensive, from physics to building, including wrong ideas and explanations of why they are wrong, reasons for failures and ways to avoid them.. Not the mot updated, but a great, indispensible foundation.
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