The Custom Road Bike
This lavishly illustrated book reveals the state of the art of the custom racing bicycle. Each chapter covers a particular part of the bike, starting with the largest subject area - frames (steel, aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre), then moving on to forks, headsets, wheels, tyres, hubs, gear components, chains, brakes, saddles, handlebars, pedals, water bottle cages and accessories. As well as an overview of the components available, with beautiful studio images of the latest kit, the chapters include interviews and opinions from the top designers and manufacturers. There is advice on sizing and geometry and having your own frame custom measured and made; how saving weight and focusing on quality make the bike better; and which bike is suited to particular riders and different disciplines (Cyclo-Cross, Time Trial, Track, etc.). In addition, professional mechanics show the details, special tools and secrets behind making racing bikes run like clockwork. Chapter by chapter, the book builds up the complete guide to specifying and buying your dream bike.