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Old 05-05-13, 11:39 PM   #1
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Best reference materials/books for noobie learning to rebuild a bike?

Hello all,

I have a dilapidated Giant Sedona, circa '93-'96, that I want to rebuild. This thing is going to need pretty much everything replaced. This is a first project for me; I know nothing about bikes and want to begin teaching myself in this way. I'm looking for suggestions regarding reference materials (books, websites, tutorial vids, etc.) to help me get started and get this bike going.

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Hardcopy- Amazon has Zinn and the art of <insert flavor of bike here> maintenance.

Park Tool has some online tutorials and the Big Blue Book. offers online and DVD guidance for a fee.

Youtube has a wealth of free content, though the quality of both the camera work and instruction will vary widely.

You might also look into whether or not the Park Tool School is offered at a LBS near you or see if there are any bicycle co-ops/bike kitchens for hands-on learning.
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I'm a visual learner, and couldn't read a book worth a damn. I just took things apart and put them back together. I don't think you'll need any special tools until you get to the cog/cassette or the bottom bracket/cranks. You'll need a spoke wrench set if you want to true the wheels. I think I learned most of that stuff from youtube.
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Your library probably has some good books on the subject.
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Also check to see if there's any bike kitchen/co-ops in your area. Always better to learn through example.

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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Park Tool has some online tutorials and the Big Blue Book.
Start with the Park Tool videos and look at what's on youtube. On Youtube, look through several, so you can get a feeling for both true difficultly of the job as well as quality of the video. I personally find videos very helpful.
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Old 05-11-13, 11:35 PM   #8
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I wanted to comment on this before but didn't but now I will I know Park Tools have a great reputation but in my opiniun their book does'nt reflect it!! I found what i consider a better Bike maintenace book it's bigger ,it's got better ilustrations ! it's the Bicycle Maintenance & Repair,,,for road and Mountian bikes,,, By Todd Downs... check it out I bought this one first then I bought the Park Book I don't even open it and Parks got color ilustrations but thats about it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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When I started working on bikes I bought "Anybody's Bike Book". I think the author's name was Cuthberson. I liked it because I'm a visual learner and it had a lot of simple line drawings of the various components. I had no idea what I was doing but, with the help of that book, I did it anyway. I built my first wheel with just that book for a guide. I trued it in my bile's fork.

I think that the modern day equivalent would be one of the Zinn books.
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Have you looked at the books in the Public Library?
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