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Old 11-22-11, 09:17 AM   #1
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Primer on Repair

I am looking for an illustrated book describing bicycle repair and the required tools. Right now, I can change a tire, tighten my brakes, adjust my threaded headsets and swap seats and pedals, but I am bothered by bottom brackets, dumb about derailleurs and confused about cranks.

There are more things I want to be able to do. For instance, at some point I want to disasemble some of my bikes to be powdercoated, then put them back together.
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The Park Tools web site has a large number of tutorials on most aspects of bike mainrenance and they publish the "Blue Book" which also is very good.

Lennard Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Road (or MTB) Repair" is also good.

Sheldon Brown's articles on the Harris Cyclery web site are vey useful also.

The most detailed shop manuals are Barnetts and the Sutherland handbook but these are both expensive and overkill at this point.
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"Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" By Leonard Zinn (also has a mountain bike version which I expect to be equally good, but I've not read that). The illustrations are generally basic but to the point, and he covers a lot of ground -- all styles of bottom brackets, shift levers, etc, and outlines most of the tools you need. You'll have no problems figuring out how to disassemble/reassemble your bike (and you'll probably decide to rebuild a number of components along the way).

Also, don't forget great online resources like the park tool website (http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help).

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Thanks to you both! I will check out the Zinn book for sure.
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*Edit: always fun to discover you're replied simultaneously as someone else with almost the same information!
Except you got the name of Zinn's book correct and I sort of shortcut it.
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