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    Best bike repair manual/ book available for 20 yr old bikes

    I'm about to embark on this awsome journey of cycling like i used to 25yrs ago...This time I have aquired 2 almost brand new bikes for me and my wife...

    Mine is a 1990 Schwinn LeTour, with 20 miles on it. Wifes is a 1990 Trek 330 8 miles on it. Then they sat in storage since...Neither bike has a scratch or rust. But I have to regrease and repack any and all bearings, chains..etc. etc..

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Rich

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    I have an old copy of Zinn and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance that should be perfect--it's pre-index shifting, pre-"brifter" (worst new word to enter the English language since "proactive," by the way) and covers things like old-style cup and cone bearings. Your library may have a copy, or check used bookstores. Really, though, just about any decent bike-repair manual should tell you what you can't figure out on your own. Just finish the work and go for a few rides in the week before you get serious, so the loose parts can fall off.

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    Ha, Velo, thats hillarious!!! Thanks for your reply and insite.

    Rich

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    I remember when I got my first bike,(1979) I knew nothing at all about bikes and maintenance. I asked the guy at the LBS about a book and he sold me a copy of How to fix your Bicycle by Helen Garvey. It gave me the foundation and knowledge necessary to fix my bike, with out being overly technical. Then I just went from there.
    Now I do all my own wrenching.

    The folks at the LBS know that I am capable. I think I convinced them when I modified my fingertip shifters to fit on my 1-1/8 threadless stem after one of the employees told me it wouldn't work. Been working fine for almost a year now. As a matter of fact, last time I had them order a special tool for me, the head mechanic asked me if I was starting my own shop.
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    See if you can locate an old Glenn's manual. Try Ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn View Post
    See if you can locate an old Glenn's manual. Try Ebay.
    Or your local used book store.
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