Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Mountain bike repair manuals

    Can anyone recommend a good mountain bike repair manual or CD Rom? I'm trying to decrease my dependence on the bike shop repair people! Thanks.

  2. #2
    I ride a REAL Schwinn!
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    NH, USA
    My Bikes
    Lemond Nevada City (stock), '00 Schwinn Moab 3 (very upgraded)
    Posts
    607
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would reccommend Bicycling Magazine's maintenence and repair book for most stuff. Zinn and The Art of Mountain Bike maintence is also good, though the bicycling books has more pictures of step-by-step fixes. If you're really serious about fixing stuff and have a lot of cash, the Barnett's Manuals would be your best option. They can be purchased seperately(4 books) for $30 a piece or together in a set for $100. You can find them at big books stores and even cheaper at Amazon. Barnett's has very detailed drawings, and explains tool choices, complications, and difficulty level before every repair. I have found it to be by far the best reapir book I have owned. I have also heard, but never used, the Break it-Fix it-Ride it CD for the computer is good, although some poeple think it isn't specific enough about certain new developements, such as the difference between one company's disc brake dissasembly and another's, for example. Barnett's Manual does this.

    -moabrider

    P.S. - you might also want to try to get into a class at your local shop if they offer one. Park Tool also travels to different shops giving lessons on repairs. I have found that these classes are the best because you can work on your own bike doing certain repairs, but there is a mechanic there to fully explain everything and fix something if you mess up.
    Last edited by moabrider47; 05-26-02 at 12:17 PM.

  3. #3
    Bash US - We'll Bash You
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    138
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Years ago I sprung the cash for Barnett's Manual and I'm glad I did. List price is $115.00.

    Amazon.com has the complete manual for $80 or $85.
    As moab mentioned, you can also purchase sections of it as well.

  4. #4
    In Banff, AB Dwagenheim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    My Bikes
    Cannondale F400, Worksman Trike (customized for hauling)
    Posts
    1,622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Mtraction,
    I have an extra copy of Zinn and The Art of Mountain Bike maintence, brand new, that I'd sell you for 23 bucks which is pretty much what I got it for. I bought one and a friend got one for me as a gift at the same time. Its a highly reccomended bike manual.

    Dave
    www.cyclingtheamericas.org
    Prudoe Bay, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina by bike...eventually. (2/3 done!)
    Support Organic Farming
    Whirrled Peas - No War!

  5. #5
    Who's scruffy lookin? uhm...yea.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have Break it, fix it, ride it. it's great for when your first starting out, but no, it is not specific enough. however, for only 30$, it helps to be able to see stuff that most books wouldn't have pictures for.
    Guess what? I don't know much.

  6. #6
    Senior Member TotalKos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    the T-Dot
    Posts
    171
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Breakit Fixit Rideit is what I have and for a newbie it is exellent. It has saved me several trip to the shop and it feels good to solve the problem yourself. The best part is that the manufactures like Macintosh more than (stupid, ugly, always breaking down, slow) PC's. By the way, in case you can't tell I have a Mac.

  7. #7
    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
    My Bikes
    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
    Posts
    7,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just go to Park tools website. http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml

    There is a step by step with decent pictures of what it's supposed to look like.

    L8R
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •