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Good book on road bike fixing/maintenance?

Old 08-11-06, 10:27 AM
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Good book on road bike fixing/maintenance?

I am looking to become as independent as I can possibly be from Local Bike Dealers/Hawkhers ("LBD's" formely LBS's )

Is there a recognized "bible" of road bike maintenance books?
Which would you recommend?

Goal is to be able to do most repairs & upgrades at home --away from the LBD's...

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I don't know if I'd call it the "bible", but Lennard Zinn's book is a great book to have on the work bench for bike repair. Here's the details https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193...e=UTF8&s=books
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I don't know if I'd call it the "bible", but Lennard Zinn's book is a great book to have on the work bench for bike repair. Here's the details https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193...e=UTF8&s=books
Just ordered it from the local library today.
If it's all it's hyped up to be I'll probably go ahead and buy a copy.
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i just bought a copy of that book and i have read quite a bit of it and tried a few of the little tune-up things on my bike and as a first impression, the book is really quite helpful. a very very good investment so far.
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i just bought a copy of that book and i have read quite a bit of it and tried a few of the little tune-up things on my bike and as a first impression, the book is really quite helpful. a very very good investment so far.
Yeah, I got the book too. The writing is mostly easy to follow and the illustrations are especially helpful (some of them have subtle jokes worked into them, good for a chuckle). Sometimes Zinn doesn't go into as much detail as I'd like, but overall the book has been very helpful and I've learned a lot. That guy knows his stuff.
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Park tools has alot of good tutorials on their website that you can print out.
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Zinn, Park, and Haynes are good for beginners. For pros, there are Sutherland's and Barnett's.
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Originally Posted by Shifty
I don't know if I'd call it the "bible", but Lennard Zinn's book is a great book to have on the work bench for bike repair. Here's the details https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193...e=UTF8&s=books
I highly recommend the Zinn series of repair books. They are pretty detailed and have lots of pictures, which is very important.

You might also look into Park Tool School, it can cost anywhere from 35 to 100 bucks depending on the bike shop. Best part is, you get the Park Tools book with the class, and the book is another great resource. I have more info about the park tool school on my website, here is a link to the article.
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I have the Zinn book also -- great resource!
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I have the Park and should've bought the Zinn. The Park book is written by an expert, so it seems to skip a lot of the small stuff experts don't know but need to.
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I used "Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair". Written by Jim Langley, who also has a really good web site for bike related stuff:

https://www.jimlangley.net/index.html

Although the book is probably a bit dated now, it has lots of illustrations and doesn't assume you are a bike geek when you are starting out trying to fix your own bike.
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I have Bicycle Maintenance & Repair by Todd Downs. Great book
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Barnett's Manual.

Pricey, but amazon.com carries it at a substantial discount.
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I picked up Zinn And The Art Of Road Bike Maintenance. It is very complete and in depth. Any thing you want to do yourself on your bike from simple maintenace and repairs to full overhauls, it's got it. Plus it is explained in a way that is very easy to understand without being too simplistic like those ".... for Dummies" books. I highly recommend Zinn's book.
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