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    Bike Maintenance and Repair Book

    Hello there. I'm new to cycling, but I've been having a blast with my new 2012 Trek 8.3 DS. Yesterday, I had my first flat and unfortunately, it was the rear tire. I had no idea how to remove the tire and gears so I had to take it to my local bike shop for repair. I'm wondering whether anyone can suggest a comprehensive and visually instructive book regarding routine bike maintenance and general "how-to" information? I think it would be a great help and better than running to Google for everything.
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    Take your pick. Or go to here. There's also bicycletutor.com.

    But seriously, your LBS didn't ask you if you knew how to change a flat?? Mine asked me when I bought my bike. I told them honestly that I knew how to fix/repair a flat. What I didn't realize was that the last time I did, it was on a bike with a coaster brake. Had to take the bike in after my first flat because I couldn't figure out how to undo the 'noodle'.
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    No, never asked me. The one thing that has really surprised me since getting into cycling is how none of the major manufacturers seem to supply a simple owners guide or "how-to" manual concerning the basics. Nothing fancy-just something to initiate the newbies. For example, when I first got my Trek I had no earthly idea of how to use the gears and my lbs wasn't much help so I went online to find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Guapo View Post
    No, never asked me. The one thing that has really surprised me since getting into cycling is how none of the major manufacturers seem to supply a simple owners guide or "how-to" manual concerning the basics. Nothing fancy-just something to initiate the newbies. For example, when I first got my Trek I had no earthly idea of how to use the gears and my lbs wasn't much help so I went online to find out.
    That's interesting, when I got my new Trek 7.3fx this year I got a printed owners manual and also a CD with the manual on it (the bike was a 2012 and the manual was 2010 so I guess nothing changed). Among other things it tells you how to remove the wheels and change a tire.

    Trek manuals are are available for down load on line:
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/support/manuals

    And if you take the Bike-Manuals.com link under Updates from that page they have little videos of things like how to remove the rear wheel, etc.

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    I like park tools' big blue book if you want something printed out. all the information is also available for free on their website, but I don't like using the computer with my greasy hands. wish it were spiral bound to lay flat though, but I'm too lazy/cheap to take it to kinko's and have them do that for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtaylor2 View Post
    That's interesting, when I got my new Trek 7.3fx this year I got a printed owners manual and also a CD with the manual on it (the bike was a 2012 and the manual was 2010 so I guess nothing changed). Among other things it tells you how to remove the wheels and change a tire.

    Trek manuals are are available for down load on line:
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/support/manuals

    And if you take the Bike-Manuals.com link under Updates from that page they have little videos of things like how to remove the rear wheel, etc.

    Jim
    How strange. I've bought two Treks (one in 2005 and one just recently in September) from two different Trek dealers in different cities and I never was given a manual or anything by either of them. I just assumed they didn't come with documentation!
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    Someone recommended "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" to me. I think he has a book for Mountain Bikes as well though I'm not sure where a hybrid would fall. I am actually taking a class at my local REI in a week so I will probably attend the class and buy the book after as a refresher.

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    Honestly, I'd advise against buying a book and instead use online resources like websites and video. It's not a bad idea to check out a book from the library and read it just to have some background on the topic, but I've found that I don't use the two books I bought because the online resources are often more helpful (especially videos).

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    Youtube really is your friend here. Yesterday, I had a broken rear spoke and a perplexed look on my face... Watched a few videos on how to remove the cassette (I had the lockring tool already) and true the wheel, and I had the confidence to take it apart, replace the spoke (drive side), and adjust the tension around the wheel to arrive at a reasonably good imitation of "true". Seeing it done, didn't make me an expert or pro, but it turned out to be plenty good enough.

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