So I bought a volume of Barnett's Manual and I've been reading a few chapters online.
Overall I have to say that I don't like it. It's confusing and uninformative. Too many definitions, too many words lacking actual detail, and not enough pictures. Many sections read something like this:
front widget- widget towards the front of the bike
rear widget- widget towards the rear of the bike
Use adjusting screw of front widget to adjust towards front of bike.
Use adjusting screw of rear widget to adjust towards rear of bike.
Problem- Widget not straight.
Solution- Straighten widget."
Most of what is said is obvious, while the important questions go unanswered. Things like "How do I distinguish between different types?", "How do I know what it should look like or how it should feel?", "What are the best techniques to accomplish such and such?" are generally not addressed. It reads like a high school textbook whose words are meant to be memorized and repeated, when it should read like a manual with practical tips.
On the other hand, I really like Sutherland's Handbook, but it's more of a reference for compatibility and types, not methods. I also like sheldonbrown.com, but the topics covered are limited. Can anyone recommend a well written source of methods like sheldonbrown, that's as comprehensive as Sutherland's?