There’s a new book of interest for cyclists, whether road or mountain, recreational or “professional”, that delves into all the science behind riding a bike. From the publisher:

“Cycling Science tours readers through a wide variety of topics, from tire rolling resistance and the difference between yield strength and ultimate strength, to the importance of aerodynamics and the impact that shaved legs have on speed. Each chapter explores a different subject—fundamentals, strength and stability, materials, power, aerodynamics, and the human factor—and is organized around a series of questions: What is the ideal frame shape? What is the biggest source of drag? What keeps a bicycle from falling over? How much power can a cyclist produce? Which muscles does cycling use? Each question is examined with the aid of explanatory diagrams and illustrations, and the book can be used to search for particular topics, or read through for a comprehensive overview of how machine and rider work together.”

Cycling Science: How Rider and Machine Work Together. MSRP is $30 when it comes out November 2, available for pre-order now on Amazon for $24.62.


  1. Bicycle Science, not cycling science, has been the definitive end all be all book on cycling/human powered vehicles for years….and put out by MIT Press with revised editions along the way. Plus it’s cheaper.

    So…some no name covering the same topics Bicycle Science does, doesn’t have the courtesy to deviate his title from the original, and charges more for his? Oh…and Bicycle Science is 484 pages long vs 200 for “Cycling Science”. Buy the one written by the best engineering minds in the world, and actually used as a reference by many great cycling engineers. Check it out:

    ps It’s available now! 🙂

  2. I agree with Sevo that Bicycling Science is a great book, even though I am a “no name”. Cycling Science touches on some of the same topics but it also covers a great many more.
    Another important difference is that it’s not aimed at engneers – although I do hope that they would like it – but at a wider readership.
    That’s one reason why it has hundreds of infographics, to make it more accessible and introduce cyclists to aspects of science that they didn’t realise could be interesting.
    Now that Cycling Science is available to Sevo and everyone (through Amazon or, if you prefer, directly through the publisher Uinversity of Chicago Press I hope you will see that there is room for more than one book in the world.

What do you think?