Check This Out: The Bike, Deconstructed

The Bike, Deconstructed

Richard Hallett calls his new book, The Bike, Deconstructed, a grand tour of the modern bicycle. The book itself features page after page of beautiful photography, carefully-drawn cutaways, and an in-depth history of the origin, design, and evolution of every critical bike component.

You can check out the first few pages of Hallet’s bicycle book over at I’ve included the basic intro/forward of the book, as well as a few of the Cool Material press photos, below. And, of course, if you know of a prettier or better bicycle repair/knowledge book to get for your favorite gear head‘s birthday, we are definitely all ears- tell us about it in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

A metal frame, two wheels, pedals, a seat, and handlebars—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.


Source | Photos: Cool Material.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.