Actually, a good alternate title for this post might be “confessions of a bike geek”, because when I was in college, I used to ride up to the library every so often to read the back issues of Cycling Science. Our library didn’t have the current issues, just the bound copies of back issues that they kept in the reference section. The articles by Chester Kyle about aerodynamics fascinated me the most, but I read all of the articles in the issues that they had. I have to admit that some of it was over my head at times, but Cycling Science was by far my favorite bicycle publication in the early nineties.
When I noticed that RoadBikeRider.com was selling a CD containing all 23 issues that were published between late 1989 and mid 1997, I felt compelled to order a copy. I received the CD several months ago and I haven’t had the chance to really go through it and read everything, but I think it is a great reference to own. Sure the articles are all a few years old, but I think anyone who is interested in the design of bicycles would benefit greatly from the information on the CD. The pages are actually scanned from the print magazines, so in addition to reading the articles, it is fun to look at all of the old advertisements. 24 bucks may seem a little high for a CD, but it is a purchase that I am really glad that I made.
Coincidently, right after I ordered the CD, I found a copy of the book Science of Cycling edited by Edmund Burke at a used book sale ($1 well spent). The book contains selected articles, many of which deal with the physiology of the rider, but it also has some good information about mechanical factors and equipment. I would recommend it too if you luck into a copy like I did.
Since I mentioned Dr. Burke, I will point out that the Cycling Science CD is dedicated to him. Some of you may remember that he died unexpectedly on a training ride in 2002, but he left us with the books and great articles that he wrote for Cycling Science as well as many, many other cycling publications. Even those of you who might not recognize his name have surely read some of his work. If you haven’t, I recommend that you order the CD and start now.