The Bike Deconstructed

A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle

Richard Hallett


     7.87 × 10 in (20.0 × 25.4 cm)
192 pages
180 color illustrations, 40 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Rights: North America
ISBN: 9781616892289

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.
  • A clear guide to the sometimes arcane world of bicycle operation, parts, and maintenance
  • Clearly written texts, close-up photographs, and detailed drawings remove the intimidation factor many feel in the sport

Richard Hallett, former editor of, is well known in the bicycle world for his knowledge of the intricacies of cycling technology

Editorial Reviews

Bicycling Magazine:

"The photos treat even mundane spokes as works of art, and the accompanying descriptions offer insightful details on everything from TIG welding to wooden rims."

" Richard Hallett's The Bike Deconstructed is an in-depth look at the modern cycle with the aid of clever diagrams, infographics, and digestible technical information. This is the end-all guide to learning about bikes and their inner workings --- we're interested in building our own bicycle now. "

The News Tribune:

"This book is both beautiful in design and loaded with information ... "

Sports Illustrated Kids:

"This book will give you a brand new appreciation of the trusty bicycle through detailed breakdowns and explorations of what makes the bike go."

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