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Some tit-bits of interest, but not very thorough or comprehensive
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.