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The Bike Deconstructed: A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle (Paperback)

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A metal frame, two wheels, pedals, a seat, and handlebars—on first glance, bicycles look pretty straightforward. And yet, even today's most stripped-down bicycles can feature as many as two hundred parts, each with a critical role to play. The unbelievably efficient way they work together is what makes modern bicycles such marvels of compact engineering, and sometimes frustrating to diagnose and repair. In The Bike Deconstructed, bicycle guru Richard Hallett dismantles the modern bicycle to uncover the origin, design, and evolution of every integral part. Through stunning photography, accessible writing, and clear diagrams, Hallett examines every aspect of the bike in detail—from the anatomy of the drive chain to the geometry of the main frame, and from spoke weaving patterns to the effect of fork rake on steering and stability. So whether you are a leisurely cruiser or have dreams of entering the Tour de France, The Bike Deconstructed is your must-have cycle resource.

About the Author

Author Richard Hallett, former editor of, is well known in the bicycle world for his knowledge of the intricacies of cycling technology

Praise For…

"This book will give you a brand new appreciation of the trusty bicycle through detailed breakdowns and explorations of what makes the bike go." -Sports Illustrated Kids

"The photos treat even mundane spokes as works of art, and the accompanying descriptions offer insightful details on everything from TIG welding to wooden rims."-Bicycling Magazine

"This book is both beautiful in design and loaded with information."-The News Tribune

"Richard Hallett's The Bike Deconstructed is an in-depth look at the modern cycle with the aid of clever diagrams, infographics, and digestible technical information. This is the end-all guide to learning about bikes and their inner workings - we're interested in building our own bicycle now."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616892289
ISBN-10: 1616892285
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English