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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-14-07, 11:44 AM   #1
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Bicycle! A Repair and Maintenance Manifesto

Just thought I'd post a little review for a new bike maintenance book I came across. We just got this book by Sam Tracy in at the bookstore I work at, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! While it's a little light on illustrations for some of the repairs he describes, the book is packed with little tips that I found really helpful. e.g. his description for changing tires was really helpful in mounting some stubborn rubino pros. Also he rides fixed and has a really good intro to fixed and winter riding (just to connect it to the forum ;-). All in all I'd have to say it would make the perfect addition to those who already have something like Zinn's repair book and want a little more day to day how-to info.

http://www.speckpress.com/books/bicycle.html



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Old 04-14-07, 05:10 PM   #2
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I read this book while I worked at borders. It honestly didn't contain enough cool stuff to be a cool book, or enough technical stuff to be a technical book.

I'd just go for the two extremes and get Bike Cult and Zinn's Guide to Road Bike Maintenance.

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Old 04-14-07, 05:33 PM   #3
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Yeah I just liked the info at the back really. Some useful info for someone interested in going fixed but nothing Sheldon hasn't covered really

haven't seen the bike cult book. can you post a link? I'm always trying to get more cool bike related stuff in the store ;-)

Also does anyone know Sam Tracy? From his bio it seemed like he might have a few connections to the board.
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Bike Cult looks cool, but any idea where you can get it for less than 60 bucks?
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My Aunt got that for my B-day last year. It's really light on maintenance info,heavy on style. Many other books out there that are way more informative.
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How To Rock and Roll : A City Rider's Repair Manual by Sam Tracy, Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza and The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt are helluva lot more interesting.
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i don't support anything that even comnes remotely close to being communism related, or even alludes to communism, which this book obviously does.
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Communism Ftw! Yea!
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i don't support anything that even comnes remotely close to being communism related, or even alludes to communism, which this book obviously does.
Yeah! pinkos! Goldener will never have a red star next to his name!!!

Seems like everyone wants to hate on terrorists now. It's good we can still hate on the reds.
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This thread has the word "communism" in it. Therefore, please cancel my subscription to Bikeforums.
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