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Bicycle Design: The Search for the Perfect Machine (Cyclebooks Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. August 2008

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  • Taschenbuch: 216 Seiten
  • Verlag: Snowbooks; Auflage: New Ed (15. August 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1905005687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905005680
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14 x 19 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 186.341 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Mike Burrows is a legend and this is the long awaited masterwork - revised and updated in this new edition - from the world's most famous and irreverent bicycle designer and inventor. "Bicycle Design" is the essential handbook if you want to know how to go faster, or if you simply love cycle technology. Inside, you'll find no-nonsense explanations of everything from aerodynamics to suspension forks.

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Von Stagreiter am 7. August 2014
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- trotzdem oder vielleicht gerade deswegen durchaus lesenswert
- der Autor hinterfragt wirklich alles und vielleicht ist das die beste Lehre, die man aus dem Buch ziehen kann
- sehr persönliche Sicht der Dinge mit zum Teil autobiographischen Zügen
- sehr praxisnah
- nicht ganz aktuell (dessen ist sich der Autor aber bewusst)
- ein paar Details erscheinen - wenn man z.B. die aufwändigen Tests der TOUR kennt - technisch etwas fragwürdig
- gut zu lesen - nicht zuletzt wegen einer guten Prise Humor
- wirkt an der einen oder anderen Stelle ein wenig besserwisserisch
- mehr Fotos und vielleicht technische Zeichnungen wären sicherlich hilfreich
- Das Thema Liegerad wird - anders als von Burrows zu erwarten - nur am Rande behandelt
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von MarcusBorg am 16. März 2012
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Keine "copy&paste" von Formel!
Mike kann auch die schwierigste Themen ohne Formeln aber mit optimale Beispiele erklären,
so dass die sind allem einfach und verständlich.
Positiv überraschend!!!
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Perspectives of an innovated designer 17. Januar 2003
Von klk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mike Burrows has been involved in innovative bicycle design for many years. This book reflects his interests in a diversity of human powered land vehicles, including road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, recumbents and tricycles.
The book covers some of the major problems of bicycle design, including aerodynamics, rolling resistance, and the strength and stiffness of materials used to make bike frames. The book is not a comprehensive, evenhanded guide to all of the issues involved. Instead, it gives the fresh perspective of an iconoclastic designer.
Burrows likes (for specific uses) disc wheels, monobladed "forks" (like Cannondale's Lefty shock), recumbents, non-standard frame geometry, disc brakes, hub brakes and composite construction. He refers to tires as "annular pneumatic suspension". He dislikes bogus "aerodynamic" frame tubes, bladed carbon wheels, shaft drives, belt drives, and the stifling design rules imposed by international bicycle racing organizations.
The book does not include rigorous mathematical analyses of the engineering problems involved; to get that perspective, see "Bicycling Science" by Whitt and Wilson. Burrows has the perspective of an inventor. The writing has a humorous tone and the diagrams are clear and amusing. I'd recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the technical aspects of human powered vehicles.
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Okay but not great 11. April 2006
Von Barry Gardner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mike Burrows is or was a designer for the Chinese bike mfr, Giant. He's a Brit and the book is replete with his understated and self-deprecating British humor, which I think some reviewers misunderstood. Other reviewers also seem put off by the lack of quantitative data in the book, in spite of Mike's title as an "engineer." However, the title of "engineer" in Britain has the connotation of a mechanical tinker, not just the math whiz designers that we turn out in the States. Mike Burrows rose to his current position from experience as a mechanical tinker, not through mastering calculus, and there's nothing wrong with that.

I was disappointed with the book, however, because it had the potential to be so much more. Mike obviously knows a lot, gives us his opinions but fails to present the basis for them. It's not terribly helpful, for example, for Mike to show a picture of a bicycle, pronounce it bad, then fail to give his rationale. Perhaps he feels the flaws to be evident from a simple picture but they're not.

It feels more like a coffee-table book than a serious bike book--thick glossy paper stock, sixteen color pages in the middle, etc. Graphically, it's attractive, even if many of the illustrations are cartoonish.

About the only sections where I found new information was when he discussed hub gears and suspensions.

I think it would be fairer if the book were entitled "Mike Burrows' opinions about bike design" than "Bicycle Design." Readers interested in quant stuff should get "Bicycle Science" by Wilson. Readers interested in building their own machine should get "Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza" by Graham and McGowan.

I read the book cover to cover in two sittings over three hours. I'll probably donate it to my local library. I would have been pleased to read it there, probably would have been okay with paying about $12.00 for it, but was disappointed that I spent $27.
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An essential beginning 24. Januar 2002
Von Gary F Mason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have been scouring the world for books on the technical background of bicycles. There are very technical ones that are slow reading, and usually are restrictive in scope. There are coffee table ones that are very shallow, but nice to look at. And then there is this one.
I can't find anything bad to say about this book, except that Mike Burrows stopped before the series was finished. This is a superb, and eminently readable, introduction to the technical basis of bicycles. One always has to make the decision about how much stock to put in an author's opinions, but considering this author's background, that decision is fairly easy.
Mr. Burrows - if you read this, PLEASE write more, with additional depth, on almost anything you want to related to the technology of the bicycle!
Eccentric Tinkerer 16. März 2010
Von Simon T. Gonsalves - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book is short and doesn't claim to be anything that it isn't. Burrows is an eccentric tinkerer and he covers nearly every topic that a commuter like myself could querry. The section on aerodynamics is terrific, the suspension section omitted Zipp bikes and Soft Ride suspensions, perhaps Burrows doesn't consider Zipp 3001 bicycle frames and Soft Ride seats suspension at all.

Burrows doesn't cover everything, but what he does cover is covered with the honesty of trial and error. There's no index, but the bibliography covers anything that Burrows might've forgotten.
Valuable perspective 31. Mai 2014
Von Larry Benjamin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Burrows' statement about his lack of knowledge of algebra is probably tongue-in-cheek. His original occupation was designer of packaging machinery, which I would imagine requires an engineering degree. More importantly, Burrows is an intuitive designer; one need only look at the Windcheetah recumbent tricycle to see a design that was unprecedented at the time, yet both useful and beautiful. Burrows brought radical innovation to the world of racing bicycle design, and is a voice of sanity in the recumbent world, a field with more than its share of crackpots and ignoramuses.

Burrows brings a unique perspective to several areas. Discussing the famous drawing of a bicycle by Da Vinci, he notes that it is not by Da Vinci and does not depict a bicycle, proposing that it is not an elevation view of a bicycle-like structure, but a plan view of something else. Burrows also proposes a different theory for the bicycle's origin. As an engineer, he knows that cutting a four-wheel cart in half to create two two-wheeled conveyances won't work - any engineer would know that the resulting machines would simply fall over. Instead, Burrows theorizes that a second, in-line wheel was added to an ordinary wheelbarrow, allowing a laborer such as a woodcutter to guide it through the narrow paths of a forest while carrying a larger load than an ordinary wheelbarrow is capable of. Burrows provides an example of an old drawing of such a machine. It is insights like these that demonstrate Burrows' ability to reexamine established opinions, and make him so delightful to read.

If you are looking for hard engineering information, consult




to whom Burrows refers repeatedly. This book is more an overview for the lay reader rather than the professional designer. That being said, Burrows' explanations of why certain ideas won't work is clear and accessible, and wouldn't cause any harm if consulted by engineers long on theory but short on common sense.
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