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Touring Bikes: A Practical Guide Hardcover – 27 Aug 1990

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (27 Aug. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852233397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852233396
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been searching knowledge about touring bicycles for a year or so both on the net and local book stores.
Not many books i could find about touring bikes and most of that i found are lack of details and in dapth study on the subject matter.
I really enjoy Tony's book and it gives what i really look for.
The book is not about up-to-date bicycle frame, components and technology, it is about design philosophy which will not out of date.
Get one if you like to know more about touring bicycle design.
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A very comprehensive and interesting guide to bicycles. Received very well packaged and quickly. Recommended read.
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Very good item and seller.
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Great Book
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A reference for bike mechanics nerd 31 Dec. 2013
By zabelle - Published on Amazon.com
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Used book in pristine state. It gives a biker nerd lots of hours of happy reading. I would recommend it for biker who are interested in the mechanics and building of touring bikes. A reference!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 11 Dec. 2012
By Vernon Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Perhaps the best book about the dynamics of steel bicycle frame making ever written. Written by a professional frame maker it is the only book that has ever been published by a professional frame maker. It gives the inside scoop on what goes into a bicycle frame and setting up a bicycle. It has a discussion of crank arm length. It has a chapter titled "Tandems, Triplets and Trikes". No detail is too small to escape the author's notice. Bottom brackets, fork crowns and dropouts are all analyzed. Tube materials, length and diameter are presented in numerous tables & discussed in the text and there is an appendix for favorite mixes of different tubes, like Albert Eisentraut is known for. Spoke patterns, gear selection to improve shifting, wheel size, lights & luggage are all presented. I worked in a number of shops and the author confirms my opinion that Reynolds 531 forks were too rigid and 531 frame tubes too springy. It discusses how a bicycle frame can be built to maximize different pedaling & handling dynamics: wheelbase, bottom bracket height, saddle position & fork rake.

It is somewhat dated. He presents a table that shows road bikes having either are 120 or 126mm OLN. Mountain bikes are 130mm OLN. The book is about steel and does not contain a discussion of carbon fiber, aluminum or titanium tubing, or TIG Published in 1990 it reviews the state-of-the-art at that time. His bicycles are fitted with somewhat dated equipment that is no longer available such as TA Cyclotourist cranks. It spends time discussing how to position a butt on a down-tube so it extends beneath clamp-on down-tube shifters.

This book is valuable for anyone ordering a custom frame or who works in a shop. It might seem expensive but if you are interested in frame handling dynamics this book is a priceless jewel as nothing like it has ever been written before. If you love bicycles, in my opinion, this is one of the best books about bicycle dynamics ever written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great cycling book 7 Dec. 2008
By Phil Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Contrary to the title this isn't really about touring bikes per se but is a not too technical book about building bike frames. Oliver was a physicist who segued into bike building. If you're at all interested in what goes into designing and building frames this is for you. I build frames and I find it full of useful information.
Phil Brown
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Costly for what it provides today.... 12 Sept. 2013
By Picard321 - Published on Amazon.com
Ok book for its timeframe, but highly recommend instead consider the "Paternek Manual for Bicycle Framebuilders."

You can buy it here for $75 plus UPS:

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This is for a fully modern book with far more details and modern techniques and materials. The Third Edition is 8.5"x11", in a soft cover format. The text is 464 pages with 724 photographs llustrating the frame building process, and the equipment a framebuilder uses

I don't have the current URL but there is also a large set of DVDs from him that are just as detailed and show you in very detailed teacher-mode how to do everything step by step.
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