Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-08-02, 09:02 AM   #1
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
what's the best book for bike maintenance?

I'm getting more and more into cycling but the trouble is that I live in a place with no English book-shop. I don't want to order a book until I'm sure it's a good one. Can anyone recommend one which:
a. Is generic. I'm in Poland, not the USA, so a book which tells me to get Home Depot's thingy serial number abcdefg to do the repair - that's no good.
b. Is for beginners. I've SEEN someone change an inner tube, but never done it myself - that's the limit!
c. Won't break the bank!

Thanks everyone. Also, please let me know if you've come across any particularly BAD books. If I end up just taking pot luck from Amazon, I'd like to know which books to strike off the list before I start!
maenad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-02, 10:03 AM   #2
Love Me....Love My Bike!
aerobat's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Winnipeg
Bikes: Bikes: Giant hybrid, Trek 4500, Cannondale R800 Some commuting 20mi/day, mostly fitness riding - 20-50 mile rides
Posts: 1,231
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
The Zinn books are good - there's one for road bikes and one for MTB's. The Bicycling book is good as well, and then there is Bartlett's, very complete but it is pretty expensive.
"...perhaps the world needs a little more Canada" - Jean Chretian, 2003.
aerobat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-02, 10:31 AM   #3
I ride a REAL Schwinn!
Join Date: May 2002
Location: NH, USA
Bikes: Lemond Nevada City (stock), '00 Schwinn Moab 3 (very upgraded)
Posts: 607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree with aerobat, the Zinn and Bicycling books are excelent for beginners. I found Zinn to be the better between the two of them though. Just make sure to buy the right one. There is a Zinn and the art of Road Bike Maintenance and Zinn and theart of MTB maintenance. If you have the cash though, Barnett's Manual is the way to go. It is by far the clearest, easiest to understand manual out there. It has tons of pictures and step by step instructions, along with tool lists, tool recomendations, and a big trouble shooting section after each chapter. The Manuals are packaged in a 4-book set for $100, or you could buy one or more fo the four books for $30 each. Each of the books in the set detail a certain part of the bike. e.g. drivetrain, shifters, etc. Its worth getting all of the books in the set, as some books refer to other books. At Amazon, you can usually get the whole set for under 100 bucks. Just make sure you get the newest volume(4) so you get the most modern information.
moabrider47 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:32 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.