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on 6 June 2014
If you are interested in the how and when of bicycle development, this is the essential read. The explosion of misinformation and opinion on the web has given all the old myths new legs so this encyclopaedic summary that includes research from twenty-five years of the International Cycle History Conferences, is most timely. Professor Lessing's distaste of myth led him to attempt this companion volume to David Gordon Wilson's 'Bicycle Science' and with Tony Hadland they make the perfect duo to cover two centuries of bicycle development. As a reference book it is reliable and friendly, fully indexed with a host of helpful photographs and diagrams. Appendix 'A', entitled 'Debunked Priority Hoaxes' isolates the old imaginative stories that have confused the narrative since boneshaker days and prevents them from slipping back into the mainstream..
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on 26 June 2014
When two of the most knowledgeable and thorough researchers of cycling history work together to write a comprehensive guide of this type, we can expect an excellent result – and, in this book, Bicycle Design, we are not disappointed.

The book covers the whole of the cycle history of the last two hundred years and is impeccably referenced and cited with a good general index. It covers not only the development of the basic design but of the types of materials used, manufacturing methods and also the progress of components and ancillary parts as well.

Given that the history of the bicycle has acquired a whole miasma of myth, legend and downright deceit from its birth and throughout its development, an important part of the book is necessarily given over to, yet again, debunking those fairy tales. Sadly this is still a necessary task.

This is an essential handbook and reference work, worthy to stand alongside the work of Roberts and Kobayashi, for anyone who wants to study or simply to understand the history and progress of the world’s most numerous vehicle from its primitive beginnings nearly two centuries ago right up to the present day.
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on 3 June 2014
This is a superb book, though that shouldn't be too surprising considering the reputation of the authors. It covers practically 200 years of bicycle history in great detail with many excellent illustrations. It is well laid out in 16 chapters over 560 pages, covering everything from the hobby horse to the mountain bike and through smalled-wheeled machines (no surprise there, with Hadland being such a Moulton fan) to recumbents. If you have any interest whatsoever in the history of the bicycle this book will provide you with a durable reference manual, as well as being a fascinating book to just sit down and read. Plus, an important point for cyclists, it is a steal at the price!
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on 7 March 2016
a beautifully illustrated and very comprehensive history of bicycle development; lots of pictures and diagrams of bicycles (and bicycle related development) through the ages, even including chapters on luggage carrying and lighting. it also debunks many popular myths (da vinci, kirkpatrick macmillan, dunlop) along with plenty of references to original patents and other sources for those wishing to explore more.
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on 16 November 2014
This book is excellent , and vigorous in its pursuit of accuracy. Its quite a dry read, but as a reference book this is to be expected. Recommended for any student of the bicycle.
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on 2 July 2016
An outstanding book. By far the best in its field. Factual and technical but eminently readable. History of an interesting subject digestible format. A joy to read.
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on 5 January 2015
Bought as a Christmas present for a friend. It really had him hooked - so well done to the authors for a fascinating read.
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on 8 October 2015
Clearly laid out. Easy to read. Lots of material.
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on 8 April 2015
excellent
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on 3 May 2015
Just what I had in mind-am really iteresting
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