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The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt ,. Sherry Sheffield Illustrator. The 'Bicycle Wheel' is a book for every cyclist, from novice rider to experienced wheel builder, going beyond the most commonly asked questions. Are radially spoked wheels stiffer than crossed-four? Based on years of experience, the author has divided the book into three parts. Part One, Theory, explains how wheels respond to loads. It discusses the merits of various designs and components, and explains what causes failures. Part Two, Practice, gives a step-by-step guide for building front and rear wheels and wheels with different patterns and numbers of spokes.

Part Three, Data, contains test results and formulas for computing spoke lengths and other wheel dimensions. Get A Copy. Hardcover , Third Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bicycle Wheel , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Bicycle Wheel.

Sep 04, Christopher Grande rated it really liked it Shelves: bike-related. Jobst Brandt's application for this book focuses primarily on older wheel design--the language for some the more detailed-oriented sections needs to be updated. All the basic premises are spot on, but the reader should be aware that this is mainly in application to rim-brake specific, freewheel equipped c wheels as demonstrated by most of the illustrations.

Cassette hubs, hub-actuated brakes, certain aspects of generator hubs could all change some of the absolutes he proposes. Otherwise a s Jobst Brandt's application for this book focuses primarily on older wheel design--the language for some the more detailed-oriented sections needs to be updated.

Otherwise a solid place to start despite the sometimes lofting lingo necessitated by wheel theory. Nov 02, Ben rated it it was amazing. I've built several wheels since getting this book and it's invaluable as a reference for that. But, moreover, it's not merely just an algorithm for wheelbuilding; it explains why you should do the things that it recommendation doing through physics.

But this book and go build a bicycle wheel. Jan 09, Samuel W. Three fourths of the book is the technical why everything work the way that it does. The last section explains steps in building and some design considerations. I read this to determine if I could handle it as a do it yourself project. It should speed up the learning curve. For being very technical, it is very well written and readable for the average person. If you enjoy working on bikes, I think you will be pleased to have this as a reference.

Oct 21, Richard Kendrick rated it it was amazing. This is a brilliant technical and practical manual about the bicycle wheel and wheel building. It's a shame that it's so old, though.

I would love to see an updated version that looks at modern trends in wheel design with the same no-nonsense and data driven perspective. Jan 19, Andre Jute rated it it was amazing. The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt is by several lengths the best book on the subject ever written, and not likely to be superseded in this life, given that the reader pays attention and doesn't mind stretching his mind a little, because Jobst takes no prisoners.

Here's a tip: Read a section from a heading to a heading -- they're all short, because Jobst doesn't waste any words -- and ponder his points on your ride. You'd be surprised how much juice is to be squeezed out of a short paragraph by the cleverest engineer to take an interest in bicycles since Mikhael Pedersen. Sep 11, Ben rated it really liked it Shelves: diy. I like opinions, but not when it's a book about theory and application.

In order for people to make informed decisions regarding the subject being written about, the tone has to be objective. I'm 5 stars for the last section of the book: equations 5 stars for the first couple sections about theory 4 stars for all of the opinions in the book. I'm just a bit turned off as a newbie bicycle builder to hear "what not to do" more than "this is how it works I plan to learn from my failures, but now I don't have to with wheel building :.

I guess that's a time and money saver. I suggest anyone serious about bikes who hasn't already read this to read it immediately.

It's quick and easy, and you'll learn way more about bikes than you thought you could know. Mar 10, Dan W rated it really liked it. There's really only one reason to read this book, because you want to build bicycle wheels and you want to build them well. You'll learn the parts of the wheel and how they work in concert to make one of the most misunderstood and gloriously simple parts of everyday life.

This book also explains how to build a pair of your own. Jobst Brandt, former Porsche enginee There's really only one reason to read this book, because you want to build bicycle wheels and you want to build them well. Jobst Brandt, former Porsche engineer has helped me build wheels that remain round even under the enormous strain of carrying my giant body around for no particularly good reason. A classic, and required reading to build bike wheels. Aug 09, Josh rated it really liked it.

Slightly verbose. Excellent diagrams but not all referenced and explained in the copy. Hoped for additional cross lacing patterns and algorithms; Instead I got to under why I ought not re-invent the wheelbuilding process.

My take-away now with an improved understanding of why, and how it is affected by some other variables--such as flange height : "In summary, a strong wheel is one with a large cross section rim and many thin, swaged spokes at high tension. They complement one another rather well. Jan 08, Chris rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: book lovers and knowledge foragers. Shelves: manuals-for-navigating-life. This is easily the best book written on the physics of bicycle wheels.

It is also the best manual for building your first or current bike wheel. Step-by-step images from the first spoke to the last nipple tweak ; I would never recommend any other book, and would recommend this for anyone interesting in putting together a bike wheel.

Its the no fail end all guide. Also, the author is a regular on the bike newsgroups and you can ask him anything you want. He is kind of a genius, so don't take offen This is easily the best book written on the physics of bicycle wheels.

He is kind of a genius, so don't take offense if he makes you feel like an idiot. It has happened to me multiple times. Apr 05, Josh Dalzell rated it really liked it Recommends it for: people interested in building their own wheels.

This is a pretty good book. It has quite a bit of info about how the different components of a wheel interact, what is really important to structural integrity, and what is really not important in how wheels are usually marketed. It then follows up with clear directions for assembling wheels and repairing damages to wheels.

The final part of the book has the formulas for calculating things like spoke length, spoke stretch, spoke windup, failure tensions, and other such goodies. Mar 17, Paul rated it liked it.


RIP Jobst Brandt, author of The Bicycle Wheel, engineer & cycling guru

Jobst Brandt is a mechanical engineer Stanford with extensive experience, having worked for Porsche automobiles, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Hewlett-Packard and Avocet bicycle products. He is best known in the bike industry as the author of The Bicycle Wheel , the definitive text on the theory and practice of building spoked bicycle wheels. Brandt is a regular contributor to the rec. Most of the material below originally appeared in the rec. The material is reproduced here in an HTML format by permission. Brandt is well-known for trenchant and to-the-point comments on mechanical issues, based on a deep reservoir of engineering knowledge. He is not always right -- but almost always.


The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt

In his professional life, Brandt worked as a mechanical engineer for Porsche, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Hewlett Packard, but he is best known in the cycling world for his book on the engineering and construction of bicycle wheels. The Bicycle Wheel demystified the subject, much to the annoyance of many old-school wheel builders, and presented a wheel building method that anyone with patience and basic manual dexterity could follow. In the days before web forums, Brandt was extremely active on the cycling groups on usenet, an early internet discussion system. Bringing his engineering knowledge to areas of cycling infested with myth and misunderstanding often got him into heated arguments, but Brandt could always back his opinions with solid principles. For many of us fledgling wannabe bike gurus in the early 90s, he was a shining light of reason and analysis.


The Bicycle Wheel

The Bicycle Wheel is a treatise on wheelbuilding by Jobst Brandt. The Bicycle Wheel is an educational book that explains the structural theory of a wire wheel , and teaches the practical methodology of building bicycle wheels. The book is made up of three parts. Part one, 'Theory of the Spoked Wheel', examines how a wire wheel supports various loads, what causes wheel failure, what aspects of a wheel confer strength and durability, discusses each of the individual components that make up a spoked wheel, and examines wheel design. Part two, 'Building and Repairing Wheels', explains how to select components, how to build a wheel, and how to repair various forms of damage. Part three, 'Equations and Tests', provides a mathematical analysis of spoked wheels. The Bicycle Wheel is considered by many to be the premier resource on building bicycle wheels.


Jobst Brandt’s The Bicycle Wheel

Back in , when his serious inquiry began, well-built wheels were all too rare and so was our understanding of the physics of this remarkable structure. Leading a motley crew of co-contributing fellow investigators, Jobst fleshed out the true nature of the tensioned wheel and recorded the details for all of us. It took a fanatical rider and gifted engineer Jobst , an academic community Stanford , an energetic and curious cycling scene Bay Area , for such a breakthrough work. Hence, a minimum reference to brands, innovations, trends, etc.

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