The Bicycle Wheel

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The Bicycle Wheel
The Bicycle Wheel.jpg
AuthorJobst Brandt
CountryUnited States
Media typePrint

The Bicycle Wheel is a treatise on wheelbuilding by Jobst Brandt.


The Bicycle Wheel is an educational book that explains the structural theory of a wire wheel, and teaches the practical methodology of building bicycle wheels.[1]

The book is made up of three parts. Part one, 'Theory of the Spoked Wheel', examines how a wire wheel supports various loads, what causes wheel failure, what aspects of a wheel confer strength and durability, discusses each of the individual components that make up a spoked wheel, and examines wheel design. Part two, 'Building and Repairing Wheels', explains how to select components, how to build a wheel, and how to repair various forms of damage. Part three, 'Equations and Tests', provides a mathematical analysis of spoked wheels.[2]


The Bicycle Wheel is considered by many to be the premier resource on building bicycle wheels. Noted bicycle mechanic and technical expert Sheldon Brown called it "the near-definitive text on the theory and practice of building spoked bicycle wheels."[3]