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    Senior Member teresamichele's Avatar
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    A good book on bike mechanics?

    So a few weeks ago I was basically ordered off my bike by my doctor - Achilles tendonitis in both ankles. No biking, swimming, etc. Orthopedic boot on one foot and PT for the other. Once I can get out of the boot (at least another 4 weeks), I can start PT on THAT foot.

    As you might imagine, I am going out of my mind. I am now able to ride 5 minutes at a time on a stationary bike with no resistance. This is not QUITE the same as a 10-15 mile ride with hills thrown in.

    However, after a few days of being a complete mess - I am trying so hard to get healthier, being morbidly obese - I decided that I would use this time to get really good at the things I'd never spend time on if my other option was riding or swimming.

    With that in mind, can you suggest a good book (or books) on bike mechanics? I figure if I can't ride it, rather than just staring at it longingly in my apartment, I'll figure out how it works and how to change things and basically become very intimate with how it's put together.

    If it matters, my bike is a road bike and I ride as part of triathlon training. The running was what did me in. Apparently, running while being twice your ideal body weight isn't a great idea. Who'd have thought? So - I'm working on that as well - though it'll be much easier to lose weight when I'm allowed to sweat again!
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    Public Library? .. see whats in the stacks. Can't beat the price
    of a Library card.
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    Lennart Zinn's Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.

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    Senior Member alhedges's Avatar
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    For individual repairs, the park tool website has useful videos.

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    Senior Member gurry's Avatar
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    +1 Library, I even took out Zinn and the art of road bike maintenance! Park tool has a book called Big Blue Book of Bike Repair.

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    I have the Bicycling Guide to Maintenance and Repair:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Comp...nce+%26+repair

    It's a good book. I selected this one because I found a 2005 edition for $5 shipped. The Park site is very good also. I like having a real book on my bench though.

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    Senior Member oban_kobi's Avatar
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    Youtube is quite good as well. I think bicycletutor set up a paywall shortly after I used them.
    This is super seriously.

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    All I've ever needed to know about the inner workings of the bicycle I've learned from Sheldon Brown or Park Tool's website. That being said, if you're reading for err...pleasure, Park Tool's Big Book of Bicycle Repair is basically the bicycle maintenance Bible.
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