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Archibald Sharp’s classic ‘Bicycles and Tricycles’

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  1. human_amplifier says

    Thank you Richard and James – yes this is an amazing book and remains an inspiration.
    The number of times i ‘think’ of something new, or see an amazing claim, only to find something similar in ‘Archibald’ pre-dating it by over 100 years.

    A MUST read by anyone interested in bicycle design.

  2. Johann Rissik says

    Brilliant, thank you for sharing that.

    Now I just have to work out how to download it…..

  3. Johann Rissik says

    James, I don’t want to hijack the comments section ;) There’s no PDF button for some reason. You want to send me somewhere for help?
    Your blog is a great resource, thanks again

  4. Johann Rissik says

    Miles, You’re a star! I now have 567 pages of heaven. Thank you

  5. James T says

    This bicycle repair manual from 1897 is another free pdf that is pretty interesting. I like the fact that the author also wrote “Refrigerating and Ice-Making Machinery,” Sugar Machinery,” and “Bearings and Lubrication.” All very interesting books I am sure.

  6. Miles says

    Ref. Cycling art, energy and locomotion – C P Scott 1889, mentioned above – this is available free, too: http://ia700204.us.archive.org/19/items/cyclingartenergy00scot/cyclingartenergy00scot.pdf

  7. Miles says

    That’s the best of the technical ones. You can see the rest of this particular vein, here:
    http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=bicycle%20AND%20collection%3Aamericana
    http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=bicycles%20AND%20collection%3Aamericana

    The velocipede book is without its illustrations, sadly….

  8. Johann Rissik says

    Miles,
    I’m having Sharp’s book printed for a cycling friend who is ill in hospital, it will no doubt make his stay less onerous!

  9. Jem says

    tis an amazing book.

  10. olivia says

    love it.

  11. Peter Clouston says

    Is it just me and my pdf viewer, or does anyone else have the problem that most of the diagrams are blank in the pdf of Sharpe’s book?

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