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    Best bike maintenance book for newbi

    I am a newbi to road biking and road bikes; I need a bike maintenance book. What book to you guys think would be best for a newbi.

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    Do you mean a bicycle repair book? Park Tools has a good one, but just visiting their website can give you all the info you need. Try visiting your local library to see if they have any good stuff.

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    +1 on the Park Tools Guide and then their Site. That was one thing that I would buy for each new mechanic at the shop, just as a guide or reference.

    Another source would be a Sutherlands Guide, but they are very expensive and you need to have a little more experience for those. A motherlode of information in those. Currently the 7th Edition is $95, but I think they are due for an update soon so the price will be back up to like $189 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dondford View Post
    I am a newbi to road biking and road bikes; I need a bike maintenance book. What book to you guys think would be best for a newbi.

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    For basic stuff told in an informative way with hand-holding made available, I'd suggest (if you have a road bike or hybrid) Lennard Zinn's The Art of Road Bike Maintenance. He has a mountain bike book, too, if that's more what you need. These have text and pictures, and a lot of info about "what are the parts and what are they called?"

    For an even more basic and conversational approach, look in a used bookstore for a late edition of Anybody's Bike Book by Tom Cuthbertson. I think I've seen one copyrighted as late as 2000. Lots of hand-holding, and lots of good instructions. Hand-drawn illustrations, that I think do a lot more for you than photos. Ditto for the Zinn books.

    For a dictionary of shop repair procedures with authoritative use of tools and materials, the Park book and their website.

    For a commercial shop-grade reference manual with all the big and little details, Sutherland's or Barnett's. These are both in excess of $100.

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    Another vote for Park Tool's book and their exellent website. They give away a lot of information on their site and that's a big reason why I buy their tools. I feel that goodwill towards riders should be rewarded.
    It's better to burn out than fade away...or slip out of your pedal and face plant on the side of the road!!!

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    Zinn Zinn Zinn Zinn Zinn Zinn

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    +1 Just use the Park Tool website, it really is excellent.

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    I've got the Zinn book and, yes, it's great. But I also got "Bike Repair Manual" by Chris Sidwells. It's British book with American printing and cover price of only $15 (vs. about $40 for Zinn, as I recall). (www.dk.com). I'm mildly dyslexic and find that following any kind of written instruction can be very perplexing. For whatever reason, the Sidwells book is clearer in its explanations for me than the Zinn book without sacrificing depth -- and it offers four-colour photos, instead of Zinn's line drawings. Highly recommended

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    For repairs I really like the Park Tools website and "big blue book". I actually took a course from a local bike shop and it helped a lot too. Check with your LBS and see if they offer courses. Mine only runs them in the winter when they are not busy.

    For basic maintenance the bicycletutor.com website is excellent. They have videos showing exactly how to do maintenance on most modern bikes and it is free to view everything. The guy who runs the site is a young guy but I read an article recently about him. It seems that he was a shop mechanic for a long time in BC, Canada.
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    While we continue to figure out the best book for a dyslexic-mechanic (One of the most brilliant people I've worked with - in sciences - is dyslexic and an utter genius), allow mw to say this about Sutherland's:

    They are great for finding the proper thread-pitch on many, if not most, common-to-obscure parts, as a guide to learning bicycle-mechanics it's horrible. Once you know the basics, having a Sutherland's is great! Just like a Barnett's. But as a learning vehicle, it makes most people cringe.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    +1 on Zinn. Built a complete $$$DH bike with the knowlege gained from Lennard's book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    While we continue to figure out the best book for a dyslexic-mechanic (One of the most brilliant people I've worked with - in sciences - is dyslexic and an utter genius), allow mw to say this about Sutherland's:

    They are great for finding the proper thread-pitch on many, if not most, common-to-obscure parts, as a guide to learning bicycle-mechanics it's horrible. Once you know the basics, having a Sutherland's is great! Just like a Barnett's. But as a learning vehicle, it makes most people cringe.
    Yeah, I agree completely! If you need to know how to do the really hard stuff and have all the details about the details printed, it's perfect. But that's why I called Barnett's and Sutherland's shop reference manuals. Good for settling arguments.

    But not good for newbies or the picture-focussed.

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    I am just starting myself and got a copy of the Zinn book from eBay for maybe $12 shipped. Probably not the latest edition but then I'm not going to be working on the latest bikes, am I? Looks thorough, clearly illustrated, and will function a lot better in my garage with greasy fingerprints than my MacBook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    While we continue to figure out the best book for a dyslexic-mechanic (One of the most brilliant people I've worked with - in sciences - is dyslexic and an utter genius), allow mw to say this about Sutherland's.
    LOL. Wait did I get that right? Or is it .LOL? I get it backwards sometimes.

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    I have the Bicycle Maintenance & Repair Guide for Road and Mountain Bikes by Todd Downs. I think it was sponsored by Bicycling Magazine? I read it from front to back, great source of information for newbies getting into bicycle mechanics.

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    Yes, I like the Downs book(s?), too.

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