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    What books are you reading/have you read that you found informative?

    So far I've read "The Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Maintenance" which was disappointing, "A Practical Guide to Wheel Building," and I am working on "The Barnett's Manual of Bicycle Repair" which I'm liking so far.

    So, as per the title, what books do you folks recommend?
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    The two Lennard Zinn books "Zinn And The Art of Road (or Mountain) Bike Maintenance" are good. Bicycling Magazine's maintenance and repair book is decent if somewhat elementary. I've never seen the Park Tools "Blue Book" but it seems well regarded.

    Barnett's and the Sutherland manual are extremely detailed and expensive. They are great for a shop but probably over kill for the home mechanic unless the cost doesn't bother you and you want to know EVERY detail.

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    I like and have the Barnrett"s manual , I have it on my computer too. I have read both Park's blue books, Bicycling Magazine's maintenance & repair books. Plus others . Like to get the Sutherland's someday.
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    Gage Canadian Dictionary. Very helpful
    Also The Holy Bible. Greatest zombie story ever told.

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    For those who ride bikes, the Art of Cycling, by Robert Hurst, is golden. No better book on cycling safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitantPotato View Post
    So far I've read "The Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Maintenance" which was disappointing, "A Practical Guide to Wheel Building," and I am working on "The Barnett's Manual of Bicycle Repair" ...

    To be honest, I've never read a maintenance book cover to cover, but tend to jump to the section I need. I've used Bicycling Magazines repair book but seem to favor the repair help on Park Tool's web site.

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    The standard text advocating cyclists as legitimate road users is John Forester's "Effective Cycling". My 6th edition (1993) is very dated machanically but timeless in his take on proper riding techniques and attitudes.

    Another very interesting book is David Herlihy's "Bicycle", a lavishly illustrated and written history of the bicycle from the very beginning to the present (or at least until 2004, the copyright date)

    Back to mechanics; Jobst Brandt's "The Bicycle Wheel" is a must read even if a lot of the technology and math is over most reader's heads.

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    The Kama Sutra
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudPie View Post
    To be honest, I've never read a maintenance book cover to cover, but tend to jump to the section I need. I've used Bicycling Magazines repair book but seem to favor the repair help on Park Tool's web site.
    They sure don't read like a novel. I've learned a lot I had no clue about, nor would I of ever learned about from day to day maintenance by progressing through Barnett's book.
    I've a pipe dream of working in a shop, it keeps me going through the lack of a plot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber View Post
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    I think you need a bent trike when starting out with that.
    You've got a bike, so you gotta move.

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    Can't go wrong with Barnett's, and I've found the Park blue book very helpful. Also check the Shimano website for all things Shimano, especially derailleur adjustment.

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    Dear General Potato :

    I would second the nomination of Jobst Brandt's book
    and also refer you to this link to his usenet page:

    http://yarchive.net/bike/index.html

    I'm also very fond of Bicycling Science:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Scie...0382635&sr=1-1

    and Frank Berto's book, The Dancing Chain:

    http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Chain-...0382844&sr=1-1

    but I am and have been for some time a
    hopeless Bike Dork, and honestly cannot
    recommend my own life as an example to
    others.

    Yours truly,
    Michael Larmer
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
    Only a few find the way, some don't recognize it when they do - some... don't ever want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    Dear General Potato :

    I would second the nomination of Jobst Brandt's book
    and also refer you to this link to his usenet page:

    http://yarchive.net/bike/index.html

    I'm also very fond of Bicycling Science:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Scie...0382635&sr=1-1

    and Frank Berto's book, The Dancing Chain:

    http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Chain-...0382844&sr=1-1

    but I am and have been for some time a
    hopeless Bike Dork, and honestly cannot
    recommend my own life as an example to
    others.

    Yours truly,
    Michael Larmer
    Amen brother!
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