Hey guys, I'm new to cycling - just bought my first road bike a little over a month ago. I've been riding about a 12-15 mile loop for a few weeks. I'd like to start doing longer rides, but I don't really want to get to far from home with out the necassary tools to fix any problems I could encounter on a ride.
I know absolutely nothing about bike maintenance, but I'd definatly like to learn. I'm a aircraft electrician in the Air Force Reserve, so I have some mechanical ability. Anyway, what are the basic tools I need to begin learning to fix my own bike. Also, are they any particular books that I should look into reading?
Thanks for the help.
My bike's better than me!
You may want to take a few minutes and search the forum for things like "tools," "maintenance," "multi-tool," and "books." You'll find lots of good info that way, as these subjects come up quite frequently.
Also, it will help a bit to know what kind of bike you're riding, and with what components, so that--when you have specific questions, people can give you more detailed guidance.
Sheldon Brown is a bicycle guru with a very informative, extensive, and well-written website, He often posts here too. Check his website at www.sheldonbrown.com.
If they've made a newer version (I have one from the 70's), Ballantine's Bicycle Book is a great resource.
For long rides, you want a patch kit, a pump, tire levers, metric allen keys, and a lightweight adjustable wrench, or maybe a 3way socket wrench (8, 9, 10 mm).
This book is one of the most widely used and repected books on bicycle repair.
Practice taking off abd reinstalling the tire and tube in the comfort of your home before you go on a long ride. Then you will find it a lot easier when you get a flat on the road. On second thoughts - practice now because you can still get flats close to home. Replacing a tube is easier than fixing a flat at the side of the road.