Cycling Science investigates the scientific wonders that keep the cyclist in the saddle, and how machine and rider work together.
Investigating the scientific wonders that keep the cyclist in the saddle and explaining how the bike and rider work together, this fascinating book is the perfect way to analyse your own kit and technique by showing you the techniques of the professionals. Each chapter investigates a different area of physics or technology and is organised around a series of questions; What is the frame design? How have bicycle wheels evolved? What muscle groups does cycling exploit? How much power does a professional cyclist generate? Each question is investigated using explanatory infographics and illustrations to clarify the answers. Dip into the book for answers to specific questions or read it right through for a complete overview of how machine and rider work together. At its heart, the simple process of getting about on two wheels contains a wealth of fascinating science.
Max Glaskin is an award-winning freelance science, engineering, and technology journalist with a special interest in cycling. He has contributed to a vast range of publications from MIT's Technology Review, Biophotonics International, The Engineer and New Scientist, through to Reader's Digest, Discovery Channel Magazine and every serious national UK newspaper. Max has cycled over the Greater Himalaya, co-founded the UK's national mountain bike organisation, performed for the Queen with the Bicycle Ballet and is one of the first 20 inductees to the Mountain Biking UK Hall of Fame. He has also co-presented a BBC TV education series on the technologies of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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