Follow sheldonbrowncom Jobst Brandt is a mechanical engineer Stanford with extensive experience, having worked for Porsche automobiles, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Hewlett-Packard and Avocet bicycle products. He is best known in the bike industry as the author of The Bicycle Wheel , the definitive text on the theory and practice of building spoked bicycle wheels. Brandt is a regular contributor to the rec. Most of the material below originally appeared in the rec. The material is reproduced here in an HTML format by permission. Brandt is well-known for trenchant and to-the-point comments on mechanical issues, based on a deep reservoir of engineering knowledge.
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In order for people to make informed decisions regarding the subject being written about, the tone has to be objective. This book also explains how to build a pair of your own. Jobst Brandt, former Porsche engineer has helped me build wheels that remain round even under the enormous strain of carrying my giant body around for no particularly good reason.
A classic, and required reading to build bike wheels. Excellent diagrams but not all referenced and explained in the copy. Hoped for additional cross lacing patterns and algorithms; Instead I got to under why I ought not re-invent the wheelbuilding process. My take-away now with an improved understanding of why, and how it is affected by some other variables--such as flange height : "In summary, a strong wheel is one with a large cross section rim and many thin, swaged spokes at high tension.
They complement one another rather well. It is also the best manual for building your first or current bike wheel. Step-by-step images from the first spoke to the last nipple tweak ; I would never recommend any other book, and would recommend this for anyone interesting in putting together a bike wheel.
Its the no fail end all guide. Also, the author is a regular on the bike newsgroups and you can ask him anything you want. It has happened to me multiple times.
Jobst Brandt’s The Bicycle Wheel
Zolot If you bend one, it breaks like uncooked spaghetti! Based on years of experience, the whewl has divided the book into three parts. I would like to know what Brandt thinks of these. He is sorely missed in discussions of bicycling issues. I have seen such a wheel.
The Bicycle Wheel