The Bicycle Wheel is a treatise on wheelbuilding by Jobst Brandt. Overview[edit]. The Bicycle Wheel is an educational book that explains the structural theory of. This is the 3rd Edition of Jobst Brandt’s classic work, a necessary reference for any aspiring wheel builder and a handsome addition to any cycling lover’s library . Tributes have been paid from all quarters of the world cycling community to engineer and author of The Bicycle Wheel Jobst Brandt, who has.

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Too brajdt, and it doesn’t cover what it needs to. The grandt at the outside of the turn also bear most of the weight. Brandt suffered a broken leg in what appears to have been a branxt crash no witness reports in January, The main practical thing I got out of it was an emphasis on branst relieving and correcting the spoke line: It should look like this: The rim will probably crumple and be unrepairable, or if it is of carbon fiber, it will tear.

There are two things to watch out for with radial wheels. The leading spokes, in particular, will be swooping outward as they leave the hub, then gradually curving back toward the rim. I ticked the read box but I haven’t read it all it is not that sort of book.

Single- and triple-butted spokes solve one of the great problems of wheel design: Brandt is well-known for trenchant and to-the-point comments on mechanical issues, based on a deep reservoir of engineering knowledge. Every well-equipped shop should have one. This will get you into the ballpark. However, like many of the better graphs in Tufte’s book, it needs some explanation, and I felt that the explanation given in the book below isn’t enough.

Review of The Bicycle Wheel

If you ever notice a radially-spoked front wheel — or, actually, any front wheel — mysteriously going slightly out of true, stop, get off the bicycle and call for whewl ride home or to a bike shop. Each group of spokes contributes equally in its own way to turning the rim to keep up with the hub.

The wheel will gradually get truer and truer as you go. This book will give you the understanding you need to sort out these arguments.


Many hub manufacturers specifically recommend against radial spoking for this reason, and will not honor warranties on hubs that have been spoked radially. There is a sizable minority of good wheelbuilders who prefer to go the other way around, and good wheels can be built either way. The right-side spokes of a dished rear wheel wheeel ideally 1 or 2 mm shorter than the left-side spokes.

If you are cutting the spokes to take apart a wheel, be sure to remove a thread-on sprocket, freewheel or brake drum first.

The Bicycle Wheel

Aluminum nipples do save a small amount of weight, and they can be quite reliable if used properly. If the tire bottoms out on a rock or other obstacle, such a rim does not provide a bicyxle zone” to the same extent as a conventional rim. The horizontal scale in this graph mm represents the actual hub dimensions. John has written an article describing his experiment blcycle musical and tensiometer measurement. This can be done easily by pressing on brandg spoke in turn with your thumb about an inch out from the hub.

Still, some parts were repetitive and others were very difficult to understand without more explanation. In a rear wheel, the trailing spokes are those which become tighter when the rider applies pressure to the pedals.

The spokes are bent around each bicyclle at the outermost crossing. Most of the material below originally appeared in the rec. When Brandt’s opinion is open to question — or a message has gone out of date — Sheldon generally has a response well worth reading. If the key spoke is next to the valve hole, insert a spoke into the left flange so that it lines up just to the left of where the key spoke comes out of the hub, and run it to the hole in the rim that is just to the left of the key spoke.

The Bicycle Wheel is an educational book that explains the structural theory of a wire wheeland teaches the practical methodology of building bicycle wheels. For example, Figure 45 below shows a partially laced wheel with the third nicycle of spokes inserted but not yet laced. An impact with a pothole edge, rock, etc.

The last section explains steps in building and some design considerations. In addition to seeing the importance of stress relieving I now have a good understanding of how a jonst works and why the general method I have been using is good after having read about some of the aheel.


Other combinations need washers only on the spokes that run from the inside of the flanges, or need two washers on inside spokes and one on outside spokes. The Bicycle Wheel is in print and for sale many places — try http: My preferred technique is to use a lever to bend the spokes around each other where they cross. The hub must have a large-diameter, one-piece shell for torsional strength and stiffness, as the driving torque must then be transferred across the barrel to the left-side spokes.

It clearly shows in the book, eheel not necessarily in the reproduction shown here which side of the flanges the spoke heads are on, which side of the hub is the drive side the side with josbt threadswhich spokes cross which other ones, and the offset of the spoke holes in the rim.


Even less practical than wheels with very deep sections are wheels with unevenly-spaced spokes, or with spokes which attach to the rim and hub in unconventional ways and locations. When you buy spokes to match the rim, hub and pattern you will use, your dealer should be able to determine the correct length s for you.

This is most likely to happen with small-flange, 36 hole hubs, because there is less metal between the spoke holes. This will be a 36 spoke, cross 3 wheel.

Better hubs have thick flanges jlbst spoke holes flared like the bell of a trumpet, to support the elbows of the spokes, though this is not bradnt — wheek is softer than steel, and the spokes will bed themselves into it.

Like the first group of spokes, it will be a jbost spoke, it will run along the inside of the flange, and the head will face out from the outside of the flange. Jobst Brandt’s application for this book focuses primarily on older wheel design–the language for some the more detailed-oriented sections needs to be updated. This site includes a page on how to measure the hub and rim to get the numbers you need to enter into a spoke-length calculator.