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    mechanic books

    What is the best mechanic book out there for the do-it-yourselfer? Someone who has a good understanding and is good with tools. Thank you in advance and ride safe.

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    zinn book, barnett's manual etc etc. do a search on amazon.

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    Another good source of info is park tools and sheldon browns websites.
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/
    http://www.parktool.com/repair/

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubla khan
    zinn book, barnett's manual etc etc. do a search on amazon.
    ...or a search on this forum. This topic comes up pretty frequently. There are probably three or four boooks that people consistently recommend.

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    Barnett's manual. Hands down the best. It fills a 3 ring binder and not only tells you what to do, but why. It also recommends the best tools for the job. If you're really into it, he also teaches a week long course in Colorado Springs.
    -Brian

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    Definitely Barnetts. Park tools online and Sheldon Brown of course.

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    Holy POOP that Barnetts is expesive...

    I'd rather hunt the internet and spend that much money on my bike! I use Zinn's Road Bike book and supplement it with the internet...
    20 CND for Zinn... still leaves 60 bucks for parts you didn't think you'd need, or a flashy new tool... never read barnetts but it'd have to be pretty damn spectacular to be worth 80 bucks... oh and never go out of date!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedi_steve420
    Holy POOP that Barnetts is expesive...

    I'd rather hunt the internet and spend that much money on my bike! I use Zinn's Road Bike book and supplement it with the internet...
    20 CND for Zinn... still leaves 60 bucks for parts you didn't think you'd need, or a flashy new tool... never read barnetts but it'd have to be pretty damn spectacular to be worth 80 bucks... oh and never go out of date!
    You save $60 on your first repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpe
    Barnett's manual. Hands down the best. It fills a 3 ring binder and not only tells you what to do, but why. It also recommends the best tools for the job. If you're really into it, he also teaches a week long course in Colorado Springs.
    -Brian
    Does Barnett's really go into more detail than say, Zinn? I'm thinking of asking Santa for a copy (DVD version). My needs are fairly mainstream, but I need all the help I can get . So far, Zinn along with Park Tools and Sheldon web site is pretty good, although sometimes a little terse on subjects that I'd like to understand better.

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    I'm strongly hinting to the family that the new edition of the Zinn road bike book would make a great Xmas gift this year, thanks to the recommendations here. It's supposed to be out this month, I think. AND IT IS! I just checked Barnes&Noble online and it's available. Now if I can only wait a couple of months...
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