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trikeman
06-13-2008, 06:34 AM
This book is very old, which is why it is out of copyright, but its chock full of still valid engineering on bicycles. Very interesting reading. You may want to skip the first chapters on engineering statics, dynamics, and kinematics.

http://books.google.com/books/pdf/Bicycles___Tricycles.pdf?id=6Kk1AAAAMAAJ&output=pdf&sig=ZdCrBDt_Gde-8cjI41YxhOg5Jso

It even covers calculations on bending stresses of oval steel tubes etc. We now do most of this stuff with something called Finite Element Analysis on computers, but the basic theories and calculations really haven't changed in 100 years. This book is a gem for a bicycle home builder with an engineering bent and a love of history.

Warning- Freshman engineering students struggle through the content in pages 1-159 for several semesters. None engineers may wish to start with Part II, beginning on PDF page 169. The pictures of old bicycles, tricycles, and quads are priceless.

savarin
06-13-2008, 10:36 AM
This book is very old, which is why it is out of copyright, but its chock full of still valid engineering on bicycles. Very interesting reading. You may want to skip the first chapters on engineering statics, dynamics, and kinematics.

http://books.google.com/books/pdf/Bicycles___Tricycles.pdf?id=6Kk1AAAAMAAJ&output=pdf&sig=ZdCrBDt_Gde-8cjI41YxhOg5Jso

It even covers calculations on bending stresses of oval steel tubes etc. We now do most of this stuff with something called Finite Element Analysis on computers, but the basic theories and calculations really haven't changed in 100 years. This book is a gem for a bicycle home builder with an engineering bent and a love of history.

Warning- Freshman engineering students struggle through the content in pages 1-159 for several semesters. None engineers may wish to start with Part II, beginning on PDF page 169. The pictures of old bicycles, tricycles, and quads are priceless.

ontseem towork.
Cant find it on google books either

trikeman
06-13-2008, 10:44 AM
Wierd.. The link works for me fine.

savarin
06-13-2008, 10:46 AM
Wierd.. The link works for me fine.

wierder still,this is what I get
The requested URL /books/pdf/Bicycles___Tricycles.pdf?id=6Kk1AAAAMAAJ&output=pdf&sig=ZdCrBDt_Gde-8cjI41YxhOg5Jso was not found on this server.

trikeman
06-13-2008, 10:59 AM
Try this one
http://books.google.com/books?client=firefox-a&q=bicycles+tricycles&btnG=Search+Books

and click the first link.

savarin
06-13-2008, 11:34 AM
Try this one
http://books.google.com/books?client=firefox-a&q=bicycles+tricycles&btnG=Search+Books

and click the first link.

success thanks

Pagan Wizard
06-13-2008, 12:44 PM
This book is very old, which is why it is out of copyright, but its chock full of still valid engineering on bicycles. Very interesting reading. You may want to skip the first chapters on engineering statics, dynamics, and kinematics.

http://books.google.com/books/pdf/Bicycles___Tricycles.pdf?id=6Kk1AAAAMAAJ&output=pdf&sig=ZdCrBDt_Gde-8cjI41YxhOg5Jso


This link opens as a PDF file of the book you're talking about.

TheKid
06-13-2008, 11:07 PM
Interesting. I always thought the triple tree was adopted fairly recently to emulate motorcycles. Live and learn.