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• Going small-wheeled – the advantages
• Fold your bike and take it with you – everywhere!
• Commuting for convenience, fitness and speed
• The engineering and design of cutting-edge cycles
• Store your bike under your desk
• Recumbent trikes for stability and comfort
• Bikes that fit into suitcases – travel the world
• Rebuilding and restoration
• Brompton, Birdy, Moulton, Greenspeed and more!
• A complete guide to the world of small-wheeled pedal machines
Small-wheeled pedal cycles are fun, nippy and portable. They’re ideal for commuting or taking on holiday. If you’re a small-wheeled bike enthusiast, a traditional bike owner who wants to explore other options, or just someone interested in green transport, this book is for you!
This book explores the many advantages of small-wheeled pedal machines – convenience, portability, comfort and speed.
A small-wheeled bike is ideal for your daily commute, or for taking on holiday. Bikes with small wheels can be folded into tiny packages, and using small wheels allows the production of innovative machines like recumbent trikes – the most comfortable and stable pedal machines in the world. And small-wheeled bikes can be fast – the world speed record for a bike is held by a small-wheeled machine.
Major brands are covered, including the Brompton – the best folding bike in the world, the Birdy – a folding bike that uses front and rear suspension, and the Moulton – the world’s first successful small-wheeled bike. Want to tour the world with a bike you can fit into a suitcase? Then a Bike Friday is for you. Commuting, touring and restoration – it’s all here. Discover a whole new world of cycling!
Written by prolific author, Julian Edgar, who is a lifelong cycling enthusiast, and has owned, designed and built his own small-wheeled bicycles.
Many people are unaware of the advantages of small-wheeled bikes – portability, convenience, easy storage and practicality. This book opens readers’ eyes to the world of cycling on these unconventional bikes.
Books on bikes tend to fall into two categories – those on traditional, large-wheel diamond-framed bikes, and specialist books (for example, covering just one brand). This book is different as it gives a complete view of small-wheeled bikes – the advantages, the design, and leading brands.
Hands-on experience with the bikes being described.
Photos from around the world of commuting, touring and restoration.
Suitable for those with a casual interest, through to someone already riding a small-wheel bike.
Practical, down-to-earth advice.