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Old 08-31-09, 03:04 PM   #1
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Post Bike repair books for hybrids?

A road bike repair book may assume you have drop bars and brifters and a nonadjustable, threadless stem, caliper brakes, and Presta valves, and that you are a weight weenie.

None of that is true of my hybrid.

A mountain bike repair book may assume you have a fully suspended frame, 26-inch wheels and big knobby tires, a steady diet of gravel, and a death wish, and that you are fifteen years old.

Likewise.


What repair books have you found most frustrating when dealing with your hybrid?
Which have been the most appropriate?
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Old 08-31-09, 03:49 PM   #2
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I don't know of any bike specific books for hybrids.
Got a few editions of Bicycle Maintenance and repair.
Got last years Park Blue book which is pretty good too.
Both manuals cover the whole spectrum of repair and different parts
Never had a question that wasn't answered by these manuals.
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http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Do-Yo...1826954&sr=1-1

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http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-BBB-...1826991&sr=1-1
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well,

in terms of repairs, i have googled the shimano manuals for the various shimano components on my bike. i have shimano 105 rear derailler, front derailler, crank and shifters. they do not mention repair details per se but they do mention (very well, i might add) installation instructions for these various components.

i figure if any of the components go bad/go outtawhack, etc, i can refer to the manuals to see how to set them up correctly again. that's assuming my bike doesnt fly off a cliff or something crazy like that.


you can also find a ton of helpful videos on youtube - from how to set your seating/handlebar position properly, changing flats, adjusting front and rear deraillers, and so much more stuff. it's worth a look and has helped me understand how things work on my bike.

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The "Bicycle Maintenance & Repair" book by Bicycling magazine isnt too bad, either. Has examples for a lot of different stuff out there, road, mountain, and most in between.

I would imagine the Park BBB is one of the best...Their tools are surely some of the better tools out there!

Working on your own bikes is very rewarding. Lot of saved money and saved downtime. And if something doesn't work, no one to blame but yourself!
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A road bike repair book may assume you have drop bars and brifters and a nonadjustable, threadless stem, caliper brakes, and Presta valves, and that you are a weight weenie.

None of that is true of my hybrid.

A mountain bike repair book may assume you have a fully suspended frame, 26-inch wheels and big knobby tires, a steady diet of gravel, and a death wish, and that you are fifteen years old.

Likewise.


What repair books have you found most frustrating when dealing with your hybrid?
Which have been the most appropriate?
Your taking the whole "my bike is a hybrid" thing way too far. A bike is a bike and weight has nothing to do with derailleur adjustment. The Bicycling magazine series of books will more than do the trick. Good luck
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Unless you have a wierd bike such as my IGH bikes your average hybrid pretty much uses MTB drivetrain and shifter components. The same for brakes. Headset adjustments are the same for threadless headsets regardless of whether the rest of the fork is telescopic or not.

Either a generic bike maintenance book such as the Bicycling or Park manuals or a MTB book would be my general recommendation.
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4 sources I use regularly: Barnett's manual (very good and thorough, some chapters were available as pdf's here and elsewhere on the web eons ago, but not anymore I believe), www.sheldonbrown.com, www.parktool.com and the Bike Mech section of the Forums.

I agree with cs1 and tatfiend. I've never had to specifically point out I'm working on a hybrid bike when I've asked questions in Bike Mechanics. FWIW, both my hybrids have presta valves.

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Bicycle repair manual by Chris Sidwells covers pretty much everything.
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