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Old 11-21-09, 08:29 AM   #1
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best bike mechanics/repair book?

For a road bike with Shimano components, what book should I ask Santa to bring this year? Quality pictures & diagrams are most helpful to me. Any thoughts appreciated!
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For a road bike with Shimano components, what book should I ask Santa to bring this year? Quality pictures & diagrams are most helpful to me. Any thoughts appreciated!
If you enjoy reading in general, getting a book might be worthwhile. I have Zinn's "Art of Zen and Road Bike Maintenance" or whatever it's called....good book with good pictures. It covers most of the important aspects - but does waste time talking about stupid tubulars quite a bit, which was annoying to me .

Honestly, just use the parktools website and Sheldon's site and you will be able to do just about anything -- save your money.
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I like to use Zinn's, and also go to Park, Sheldon's and others on line. Built my first wheel just using Zinn step by step with great results. Zinn can be found for less than $20 on Amazon.
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For a road bike with Shimano components, what book should I ask Santa to bring this year? Quality pictures & diagrams are most helpful to me. Any thoughts appreciated!
If you're not a rank beginner, it's hard to go wrong with Sutherland's Handbook.
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As a beginner, I really liked Bicycling magazines repair manual. Twenty bucks. I could read through any proceedure I was ging to do, have the book open while I dld it and double check when I was done. I printed out some articles from the net on rear derailler adjusting. Between the three things, I finally learned how to do it right. Net articles and the book are useful.

If you decide to buy a book, Read through a few proceedures at the bookstore. Pick the one that has your equipment in it and that you find easy to understand. bk
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The absolute best and most expencive is Barnett's manual. It covers everything well, but might have too much info for your needs. You can download some of the chapters to get a fee for it. http://www.bbinstitute.com/manual.ht...emo%20Chapters
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Great recommendations and advice. Thank you!
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