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Old 05-23-05, 11:56 AM   #1
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repair/maintence manual for folders

Can anyone suggest a repair/maintence manual that would be appropriate for folders. The reason I ask is that there are two Zinn(I think that is the guy's name) books - one for mountain bikes and one for road bikes. Would either one work for folders? I am trying to learn so I don't have to take my dahon to lbshop every week (like I have been - chain falling off, slipping gears, brake traumas). Thanks
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I was busy researching how to best care for my Dahon as my father is recovering from heart surgery. Folders/Portables seems to be alot different from regular non folding bikes. They are not. Actually look closely at yours and compare it to a regular bike. With the exception of the handlebar, frame, seatpost, and pedal quick release levers, the bikes have the same components. With the assistance of my fantastic LBS, I am learning to maintain my bike. I just completed touching up the frame with paint I purchased from the model train store near my house as my LBS does not do this chore.

I would recommend to go to your public library and get any books on bicycle maintainance that is available. Then go back to your LBS, purchase some basic bike tools, chain and regular lubrication and ask them how to use it. If they are not busy and a reputable shop (like mine is), they will be happy to assist you. (Don't worry, they know you will be back for the major work on the bike).
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Can anyone suggest a repair/maintence manual that would be appropriate for folders. The reason I ask is that there are two Zinn(I think that is the guy's name) books - one for mountain bikes and one for road bikes. Would either one work for folders? I am trying to learn so I don't have to take my dahon to lbshop every week (like I have been - chain falling off, slipping gears, brake traumas). Thanks
Consider buying the Big Blue Book of of Bicycle Repair sponsored by the Parks Tool Company.
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I want to update you on a book that I just finished reading that actually devotes attention to the folder bike's special repair needs. It is: Sidwells, Chris, Bike Repair Manual, DK Publishing Inc., New York City, NY c. 2004. On pages 14-15, there is a description on the folder (In this case a Bromptom is used- but I could simply transfer and use the concepts over to my Dahon Boardwalk), a check-list of routine maintenance to be done on the bike, and the location of the repair/maintainance activity to be done elsewhere in the book. Each activity is then more clearly outlined and explained with both text and large color pictures of the job being perfomed. A glossary and index is also included in the back of the book. I borrowed one copy from the local library, but I will be sure to order my own copy. The retail prices are for the US: $15.00, and for Canada: $20.00.

I hope this information is what you wanted in a book, Farrellcollie.

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Thanks for the info. I will see if my library has it - but I will probably end up buying a copy.
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