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Old 01-11-08, 11:31 AM   #1
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Which bike repair book?

I'm not really familiar with all the parts on my bike and my gfs bike. I figured I should buy a repair book to get familiar with the parts because im sure a bike tune up is needed after being stored in a cold warehouse all winter.

Which book would you recommend?

http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Comp...0071475&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Zinn-Art-Road-...0071475&sr=1-3
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Old 01-11-08, 11:41 AM   #2
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The Zinn books are first class. However, I use my Zinn books to figure out what is wrong with my bike. If it is not something really simply, I then go to the bike shop and have them make the adjustments...I know from experience that I am capable of turning minor problems into major problems.

The guys at the shop have the tools, training, and experience to fix stuff the right way.

Last week, in a thread about "Sora", a guy posted to say "Sora is no good...no matter how much I tune my bike, I can't get the shifting right..." My Sora level bike got tuned by experienced techns two years ago, and I've never had the slightest problem with the bike...HIS problem was his arrogant belief that after he tuned his bike, if it didn't shift right, the problem must be Shimano's fault.
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Old 01-11-08, 12:49 PM   #3
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The Zinn books are first class. However, I use my Zinn books to figure out what is wrong with my bike. If it is not something really simply, I then go to the bike shop and have them make the adjustments...I know from experience that I am capable of turning minor problems into major problems.

The guys at the shop have the tools, training, and experience to fix stuff the right way.

Last week, in a thread about "Sora", a guy posted to say "Sora is no good...no matter how much I tune my bike, I can't get the shifting right..." My Sora level bike got tuned by experienced techns two years ago, and I've never had the slightest problem with the bike...HIS problem was his arrogant belief that after he tuned his bike, if it didn't shift right, the problem must be Shimano's fault.
Some people enjoy wine in a box. Its arrogant to believe you have the highest standards and to believe your little quip deserves being dragged to another thread.

OP, I hear Zin is good but the internet is better. Either way it shouldn't be too hard to learn everything you need to know. Parktool.com is a good source and youtube has a couple of useful videos.

I don't know how long your winter is but if your bike is inside and already in good shape, it shouldn't need any work.
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Look online first, save some bucks. Check your local library. Both approaches work especially well for older stuff.

Some of it's just a matter of fiddling with stuff to see how it works.
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I like the zinn book for road bike maintenance.
However, I reach for the laptop before the book. Specifically parktool.com
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Park Tool online is the best "book". Sheldon Brown's website has a lot of knowledge not necessarily always relating to maintenance, but its a veritable plethora of knowledge in general.

If you really want a book though, i've never even heard of that other book, but the Zinn book i've borrowed a few times was pretty good.
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I have the Bicycling book and am happy with it about 90% of the time. My only frustration with it is that some times it glosses by something too quickly, then I go to parktoolcom. Don't be afraid to pick up some bike tools and work on your own bike.

I'd also highly recommend you check out a local community learning workshop if you have one in your area like http://westtownbikes.org/ It's great, you can go in, make a small donation and they will show you whatever you need to know about what you need to repair and then you do it yourself.
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Having a book in the garage on the workbench is invaluable. A quick check has prevented many problems from getting worse.

As to which book:
I have the Park Tool and it's good. But it's also clearly written by a very good pro mechanic. While that knowledge is what I'm seeking from the book, it needs to written from a neophyte's view. As such it's a great resource, but at times leaves me puzzled.

The Zinn book would be my first choice were I to do it again.

The Barnes manual is the end-all, be all, but expensive and akin to "Thoracic Surgery for Beginners" to read.
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I like having Zinn's book in front of me, while I am doing the work. However, when undertaking a repair for the first time, I always check the Parktools site and Sheldon Brown's site. I also think Zinn's book makes a good read for people who are just starting to get into fixing their own bikes.
In response to ABH's post, I learned to work on my own bike because I got sick of taking my Trek 1000 into the shop every 200 miles to have the Sora drivetrain adjusted. I now do all my own repairs.
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I have the Bicycling book...got it cheap on eBay...and I'm very pleased with it....I think it provides clear and concise instructions on just about everything I need...the pictures are good as well.
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If you really want to go crazy on bicycle repair look at the Barnett's manuals they are about $115. a set. Very indepth repair.
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This is also a good book:
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Do-Yo...0335977&sr=1-1

I used a 30% coupon at Borders to pick up a copy for my bike club to pass around the noobs. Covers road and MTB's.
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I second the Mel Allwood book cited by dynarider. After looking around at several titles a few months ago, I bought that one. It has several color photos and breaks out topics into discreet, manageable chunks. It seems a good balance between being approachable for the beginner but still pretty technical for the more advanced.
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I'm not really familiar with all the parts on my bike and my gfs bike. I figured I should buy a repair book to get familiar with the parts because im sure a bike tune up is needed after being stored in a cold warehouse all winter.

Which book would you recommend?

http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Comp...0071475&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Zinn-Art-Road-...0071475&sr=1-3
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