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Old 12-11-09, 05:31 PM
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Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Book

Hi Everyone, I am trying to get more into biking. I just had some downtube shifters switched to barcons at my LBS and it cost $50, discounted from $75 because I go there frequently. Regardless, that was a big chunk of change missing from my wallet. I would like to get a little more proficient at bicycle mechanics myself so I don't have to keep paying someone for work I can do.

Can anyone recommend a book that covers the basics of modern bicycles and also includes some more technical information? I don't really like staring at a computer screen for that long and book is much more portable than my laptop.

Any opinions on Mel Allwood's Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide?
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Old 12-11-09, 07:05 PM
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Parks Blue book of bicycle maitenance
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Old 12-11-09, 08:03 PM
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Park's less exp. book as kycycler recs. is really good. They also have the Big Blue Book; used is 55, new 200 which is a bit much. It goes into shock repair, late type carbon bike comp. rep. etc.
I don't have my Park Book with me right now and don't recall the exact version, I recall it cost me over 20. It's a dry read, an illustrated guide with many refs. to their tools. It was lacking though for the beginner I should say. I see other books on Amazon that appeal to me more.
Tim Cuthbertson has "Anybody's Bike Book", the best place to start. He writes in a very plain amusing way. This is important; such writings can be read at leisure and as a result; better understood as well as memorized. You'll have a feel for bike repair, not only the raw "facts". Park is a ref. guide, boring and photos aren't as telling as simpler illustrations and the authors unassuming "take" on all...
The Park book, as accurate as it is, overlooks and assumes that you know more a few basics.
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Along with the park Tool book this one helped me.
Seems more vintage oriented.
Great chapter on gearing.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...condition=used

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Try a search, I posted a question almost identical to this one and got some good responses.

I have Lennard Zinn's book for road bike work and it is pretty decent....covers most of the salient points. He tends to use humor (good) and likes to talk a lot about tubulars, even though no one I know ever uses those darned things....it's fine, he just obviously used to race with them a lot.

I like Howard Zinn a bit more though .
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What do you mean that nobody ever uses them. When ever I feel nostalgic, I grab the Italian Stallion with full Nuovo Record and "sew-ups" with toe clips and Sidi slotted leather shoes and wool cycling shorts, then go for a dash with the bike club. You should see the looks I get. But your right on a daily basis I would never ride tubulars. But if the OP is eventually going to ride some tri's they may consider tubulars later. I have the zinn book, haven't needed to open it yet. But park tools has lots of instruction for repairs on their website and you could try the Sheldon Brown sites.
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Originally Posted by bmwstbill View Post
Along with the park Tool book this one helped me.
Seems more vintage oriented.
Great chapter on gearing.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...condition=used

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That's the one I started with. I havn't opened it in years but it covers a lot of ground. The park tool web siter as well as Sheldon Browns site make great recources too.
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