Jobst Brandt (January 14, 1935 – May 5, 2015) was an American mechanical engineer, inventor, bicycle enthusiast, educator, and author.
Brandt was born in New York City, where his father, the German-born agricultural economist Karl Brandt, was a professor at the New School for Social Research. The family moved to Palo Alto in 1938. Jobst Brandt studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, graduating in 1958. After two years of military service in the US Army Corps of Engineers, stationed near Frankfurt, Germany, he found employment at Porsche. His subsequent employers included Hewlett Packard, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and Avocet, a bicycle accessories brand. At Avocet, he was involved in the development of a cyclocomputer (patent 6,134,508), touring shoes (patent 4,547,983), and a high-performance bicycle tire, and published The Bicycle Wheel, a unique treatise on wheelbuilding which became a best-seller.
In the late 1980s and early/mid 1990s, the era of the Usenet newsgroup, Jobst Brandt was a prolific contributor to rec.bicycles.tech and other public forums. His authoritative explanations and incisive, sometimes tart opinions on bicycle technology, as well as the detailed descriptions of his inspiring bike holidays in the Alps and epic one-day rides in the Santa Cruz Mountains, brought him a wide readership among avid bicyclists well beyond the Bay Area, in the nascent online community.
- "Jobst Brandt : My Interviews". Ron George. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Jobst Brandt from Palo Alto in 1940 Census District 43-38". archives.com. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Beijing by the Bay: POISED BETWEEN PALO ALTO AND THE FOOTHILLS, STANFORD'S MADCAP BIKE SCENE HAS SPUN ITS OWN CULTURAL REVOLUTION". Stanford Today. January 1997. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Jobst Brandt : Part IV". Ron George (cozybeehive.blogspot.com). Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Jobst Brandt, cyclist, inventor, author and industry gadfly, dies at 80". Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- Articles by Jobst Brandt
- Alps 2001 - Olaf Brandt
- Coast Range Slide Show
- The Bicycle Wheel book by Jobst Brandt, published by Avocet
- Archive of rec.bicycles.tech postings, mostly authored by Jobst Brandt
- Accumulating altimeter with ascent/descent accumulation thresholds, US patent # 5058427 A
- Cycling Legend Jobst Brandt Passes Away, by Matt Phillips, Bicycling magazine
- Tom Ritchey: A Tribute to Jobst, Ritchey Design Current News, Friday, May 22nd, 2015
- Frequently Asked Questions about Bicycles and Bicycling