Excerpt from Bicycles Tricycles: An Elementary Treatise on Their Design and Construction With Examples and Tables A bicycle or a tricycle is a more or less complex machine, and for a thorough appreciation of the stresses and strains to which it is subjected in ordinary use, and for its efficient design, an extensive knowledge of the mechanical sciences is necessary. Though an extensive literature on nearly all other types of machines exists, there is, strange to say, very little on the subject of cycle design; periodical cycling literature being almost entirely confined to racing and personal matters. In the present work an attempt is made to give a rational account of the stresses and strains to which the various parts of a cycle are sub jected only a knowledge of the most elementary portions of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry being assumed, while graphical methods of demonstration are used as far as possible. It is hoped that the work will be of use to cycle riders who take an intelligent interest in their machines, and also to those engaged in their manufacture. The present type of rear-driving bicycle is the outcome of about ten years' practical experience. The old Ordinary, ' with its large front driving-wheel, straight fork, and curved backbone, was a model of simplicity of construction. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Originally published in 1869, this unusual book will appeal graetly to all who are interested in the early history and manufacture of the bicycle. Chapters include; The French bicycle, The American or Pickering bicycle and The tricycle. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
The story of Scottish bicycles and tricycles is covered from the original hobby-horse velocipede to the boneshaker and from the penny farthing to the homemade superbike, offering a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of inventing pedal-power. This second edition has been updated to take in Chris Hoy's amazing three gold medals in the 2008 Olympics.