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    Bike repair book suggestion

    Hello

    Apologies if this post is in the wrong place...

    Could someone suggest a (not too big) good and practical book along the lines of "most common issues on a bike and how to repair them"...? It is supposed to be taken in the bag, so it should not be a "bible" on the subject.

    Thanks for any pointers

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    taken in your bag on your bike? I suggest just getting the bible, and learning what you need to know, and then only taking tools. In which case, you should get the "Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair" and/or "Zinn and the Art of Mountain/Road Bike Maintenance"

    Park Tool's website also has awesome videos on how to fix basic stuff.





    haha, take a book

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    There were a couple of "pocket size" bike repair books years ago with the most popular being Tom Cuthbertson's "Anybody's Bike Book" but it's been out of print for over 20 years and is badly outdated. Some of the information is still useful but not a lot. I don't know of any small manuals still available.

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    Book = waste of $$. Want small? Download book ap on your iPhone or google desired topic at the Park Tool site, and read at your leisure.
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    I like the Park book. My grandson took the book one weekend and read it from cover to cover! Well. Maybe he just looked at the pictures! At least he knows that if he has any questions that he has someplace to go to find the answers. Kinda took some of the mystery away!

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    Have you looked at what the Public Library may have on the shelves?

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    If you have a smart phone you can access repair info just about any where nowadays!

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    How in depth are the Zinn and Park books? And is it worth having a reference around, or should online resources just be used?

    I can see a full break down of the sections for the park book online, but can't see anything other than chapter headings for the Zinn book to know if they cover the same things. Also, is the Park book, simply a ~220 page ad for their tools? I can get each for $15-20 CDN, so it's not crazy compared to some repair manuals.

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    On line is great unless use have a question half way through a job and your hands or gloves are all greasy! Greasy finger prints add character to your manual!

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    Quote Originally Posted by evrythngsgngrn View Post
    How in depth are the Zinn and Park books? And is it worth having a reference around, or should online resources just be used?

    I can see a full break down of the sections for the park book online, but can't see anything other than chapter headings for the Zinn book to know if they cover the same things. Also, is the Park book, simply a ~220 page ad for their tools? I can get each for $15-20 CDN, so it's not crazy compared to some repair manuals.
    I guess that Park just used what tools that they had on hand! Park tools are perfectly serviceable tools! I have never wanted for any others even though I some! Very convenient...this is the job and these are the tools to do the job! I use bike specific Park tools for my bike jobs. Everyday non bike specific wrenches and such are used for every thing else. You don't need Park wrenches, screwdrivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
    I guess that Park just used what tools that they had on hand! Park tools are perfectly serviceable tools! I have never wanted for any others even though I some! Very convenient...this is the job and these are the tools to do the job! I use bike specific Park tools for my bike jobs. Everyday non bike specific wrenches and such are used for every thing else. You don't need Park wrenches, screwdrivers.
    Yeah I'm not suggesting that they shouldn't use their tools and I do like their tools, I could just see the Park book being more like "Tools needed to complete this repair: Park AWS-1" instead of "use a 5mm hex wrench" etc.

    I'm going to check out the Zinn book before ordering to see how complete it would be, but I do like the idea of having a physical book around while doing repairs, and supplementing with online info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
    On line is great unless use have a question half way through a job and your hands or gloves are all greasy! Greasy finger prints add character to your manual!
    "greasy finger prints add character..." made me smile --remembering all the manuals I've owned.
    BUT, nowadays I like an iPad mini (or similar device) with downloaded manuals, and a stylus. Although I don't do that. Experience, creativity, and an analytical mind are the best things to carry with you.
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    Make sure its about your type of bike/sport. I ordered few books over the years and all of them were talking high tech and road bike related stuff. All the info was up to date, but mostly useless to me.
    I learned all I needed to learn from YouTube and few classes at my LBS. I also use bikeforums as a good in between the lines resource. Most of the stuff is really easy. You will need to buy some tools tho.
    Book application is a good idea. I don't really see the need to carry a real book with you, unless you have a very good, but short memory ;-)
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    Way back when I bought "Anybody's Bike Book" by Cutherson. It had simple line drawings of all the bicycle components. It's how I learned to work on bikes. About 25 years ago I acquired Zinn's "The Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance." It has the same kind of basic charm. Don't expect it to tell you everything there is to know or even everything that you'll need to know. Part of the fun of working on bikes is figuring it out for yourself when you encounter something that just isn't working quite right.
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    After looking through the Zinn book, it looked like it would be good to have on hand, so I ordered a copy. It was over double the length of the Park book and was specific to road bikes which I liked. Anything that is missing or not understood, or not in depth enough, will be looked up online, but I liked the format of the Zinn book.

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    You tube is good for most but if you want a good book I would recommend Park Tool Big Blue Book of bike repairs.

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