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Old 03-18-05, 05:57 PM   #1
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How to bone up on mechanical knowledge?

I am scheduled to go into a shop next week to take a mechanics test in hopes of building bikes for the shop. I don't think to much will be expected of me, as the building position is considered entry level, but I would prefer to impress rather than underwhelm. Any suggestions on books/exercises to improve my knowledge? I have worked on my own bikes, but I've never built one myself.

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Without knowing where your knowledge is at this exact moment, it's hard to recommend the correct level. I'd go to the library, to the bicycling section, there are always a few books that on mechanics, or that include sections on mechanics. Or just read the entire Park site. Failing that, read Zinn, perhaps?
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Definantly read over the park website. Also, i dont know how in depth this thing is going but see if you can get a copy of Barnetts stuff. Some is available on the Barnett website, they allow a few of the chapters to be downloaded. And finally, talk on this forum
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I suggest doing a practice run by completely stripping your bike and putting it back together and see how you perform...
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Thanks for the suggestions, I had forgotten about the Park site, even though I've bookmarked it. I will also take my bike apart and put it back together to see how I do.
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easiest way to learn about bikes is take your own apart. other then that....exprience is the only way youll learn about bikes. ive worked in a bike shop for over a couple years now and still stuff comes up and stumps me.
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could one of you post a link to this Park site for me. Thanks.
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http://www.parktool.com. Also try reading some Sheldon Brown. Cheers.

[edit] I just noticed that I have every Park Tool shown on the index page of their website, with the exception of the star nut setting tool in the upper left hand corner, their wheel dishing tool, and the frame alignment gauge at dead center.
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