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Old 10-19-05, 06:52 AM   #1
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Best Bike Maintenance Book?

Just got the Park Tools Blue book. Had to get it mail order - I was informed at both LBS that they do NOT sell repair manuals - wonder why? Is this the best, or is there one better? I understand that Haynes makes one as well, and I like their car manuals.
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Old 10-19-05, 08:15 AM   #2
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I'd recommend you search the forum. This topic (books) comes up quite frequently.

It's possible that your LBS doesn't sell repair manuals because they make more money on service than they do selling books and tools
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Old 10-19-05, 09:05 AM   #3
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Search function does not seem to be working now, but I'll try later. Question about why LBS does not stock manuals was rhetorical, although low-end bikes are starting to become a "throwaway" item much like TV's - not worth reparing.
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In addition to the Park Big Blue Book, I like the Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Repair (Rodale Books).
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I have 2 favorite books for bicycle repair. They are: Richards' Bicycle Repair Manual and Sidwells, Chris Bicycle Repair Manual. These books offer insight into popular as well as not too well known types of bicycles and their drivetrains (such as internal hub gears). I used them for all my bicycle maintaince needs.

I purchased these books in a bookstore. The LBS near my house usually only stock bike magizines or DVDs featuring bike stunts.
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The "Zinn" books are good.
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Kind of depends on your bike - If you are doing anything from the 80's the Richards Bicycle book is great.
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I just got the Bicycling guide to complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair. It is an ok book, most of the books have more knowledge than you anyway. I advise you to get any of them, it will be a good base to start.
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If you have new bikes all the above mentioned books are very good. If you ride a vintage book then the only book is Glenn's book of bicycle repair. They tell you how to overhaul internally geared hubs like Sturmey Archer and Shimano. That is the most in depth book I've ever seen for older bikes. I think the Bicycle Institute offers their class room book also, it's about $100 though. Good luck

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Ohh My the best period is Barnetts
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Barnetts is a very heavy-duty technical manual and most useful for shop mechanics that have to work on a wide range of new and old bikes. It's overkill for most home mechanics. The "Bicycling" manual is a bit elementary but good for the new mechanic and Zinn's books are a bit more advanced and more useful if you have some experience. I haven't seen the Park manual but understand it's very good. Glenn's is obsolete but fine if you happen to be asked to work on someone's older bike.

Books are relatively cheap and a wide range of manuals can do nothing but help you. Buy or borrow as many as you can.
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