High Quality References

The internet can be a scary place: SEO-optimized results, AI Chatbots, miss information, and cat GIF’s

Some resources on the internet are better than others, and there is a lot of great information hidden in physical textbooks.

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I’ve found Machinery’s Handbook to have a lot of useful general information. A great reference to keep in the shop! It’s worth noting that you can often find used copies substantially cheaper than the $140 MSRP.


The Oxy-Acetylene Handbook is a good reference for OA welding and brazing. It’s old (first printing in October 1943!), but contains better information than I’ve been able to dig up from modern sources online.


A couple of engineering/machine design references I’ve found useful

Schaeffler’s technical pocket guide is really very useful for general design and engineering: https://www.schaeffler.com/remotemedien/media/_shared_media/08_media_library/01_publications/schaeffler_2/catalogue_1/downloads_6/stt_de_en.pdf

If you really want to get into precision, Moore’s Foundations of Mechanical Accuracy is worth a read: https://ia800104.us.archive.org/20/items/FoundationsOfMechanicalAccuracy/Foundations_of_Mechanical_Accuracy.pdf

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is there a Mister Information? :eyes:

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Looks like the BikeCalc site had an overhaul. The table of tyre sizes is now way less useful.
I went to the Wayback Machine and pulled out the old table and saved it as a Google Sheet (sorry, can’t upload Excel files here).

I’ve made my copy of the old BikeCalc tyre sizes table avaialble for public access here:


Thank you! I had no idea why they changed it…

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Seems they’re trying to push their app with a $5/month subscription fee.

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Yo I noticed this too and started using this site.

But that table is probably handier. Cheers for the link Jimmy!

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I built my first (and as of now only) bike frame using Lugged Bicycle Frame Construction by Marc-Andre Chimonas as my primary reference.

An experienced builder would get no use out this book, and would likely have some critical opinions on some of the content. However, as a beginner who has never taken a class, I found the book extremely helpful. The book outlines lugged frame design and construction with the use of more basic tools. It includes details like what specific tools can be used, fixturing without a dedicated jig, and finishing steps like sanding and painting.

Overall, I think it’s a good book for a first timer, but shouldn’t be treated as a textbook. I would consider it an instructional guide, which is what I believe the author intended.