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on 21 February 2009
More a coffee-table book than a serious reference manual, this small volume will suffice as a reasonable introduction to the fundamentals of bicycle design, but only for those too daunted by basic maths and physics to read the much better Bicycling Science by DG Wilson (also available on Amazon). The author's highly informal and at times slapdash style will annoy some readers, and despite the most recent edition being published in 2008 most of the content reads as though it were written in about 1995, albeit with some hastily tacked-on updates at the end of some of the chapters. The sections on aerodynamics and composite frame materials are interesting but slightly spoilt by the dogmatic and opinionated views of the author which make it difficult to know what to believe and what to treat with scepticism. An interesting if frustrating read with the odd tit-bit of useful information, but not a thorough or comprehensive work by any means.
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on 16 October 2013
Mike is the most prolific and effective bike designer who also rides competitively - now over 70
he is happy to experiment and think laterally yet tests all his ideas by building them and using (and selling) them
he has encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of bikes and is happy copy good ideas and to challenge ideas if he thinks they can be bettered

since he designed the world record breaking trike Windcheetah then sold the business his recent work has focussed on low racer recumbents and he does not say as much about recent developments with trikes and velomobiles

but for solid gold advice on two wheeled bikes he has no equal
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on 8 November 2008
Overall, a useful book that provides some thought-provoking discussion regarding issues such as cadence, crank length, suspension benefits, frame material selection etc. However, it is rather dissappointing in that its primary focus is on the design of machines for speed and downhill racing. It lacks consideration of design evolution for bicycles used as day to day transport means, with all the design compromises that this involves. I still await publication of anything useful on this topic, although I note that W H Smith list "Cycle History" by Nicholas Oddy et al as appearing soon. I look forward to seeing how that shapes up.
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on 28 May 2009
What a disappointment! Mike Burrows has quite a reputation as a controversial, innovative bike designer. Unfortunately in this book he fails to communicate any worthwhile technical details (OK so he admits its not his strongpoint) but neither does he make a useful contribution from his career of designing bikes.
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on 16 February 2013
If you like bikes both riding and tinkering then this is a book for you.
I could`nt put it down till it was read
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on 22 March 2015
Perfect, no nonsense book, addresses all the important issues in bicycle design
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on 26 November 2015
A great book. I loved reading Mike's story- what a fascinating guy.
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on 4 April 2015
I had a quick look; a good structure, but not read already
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on 5 March 2010
Mike Burrows is one of the most prolific and innovative bicycle designers going. This little book covers a lot of ground, with a bias towards racing bikes and a nod in the direction of recumbents, one of Mike's great enthusiasms. A great read for any keen cyclist.
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on 17 November 2015
Excellent
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