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The Bike Deconstructed
A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle
Richard Hallett

ISBN 9781616892289
Publication date 02/14/2014
7.87 x 10 inches (20.0 x 25.4 cm), Paperback
192 pages, 180 color illustrations, 40 b/w illustrations
Rights: North America;

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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.
  • A clear guide to the sometimes arcane world of bicycle operation, parts, and maintenance
  • Clearly written texts, close-up photographs, and detailed drawings remove the intimidation factor many feel in the sport

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


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