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Bike Maintenance: good book.

Old 04-22-08, 10:24 AM
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Bike Maintenance: good book.

A couple of questions.

Can anyone recomend a good bike maintanence book, is there a widely accepted bike maintenance bible.

what is the furthest people will go, i.e do you repair wheels, replace derailers, change chainsets.
What do you recomend leaving to the pro's.

thanks for any help.
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My well thumbed copy of:



As recommended to me on this forum. The Sheldon Brown (r.i.p.) and Parktool websites are also great
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^^ that's about all you need. It's the Chiltons/Haynes of bicycling. Though it could use an update, what with all the new components that have come out (i.e. SRAM, BB30, UltraTorque, etc.)
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Nothing wrong with the Park or Zinn books, but I like the Bicycling Maintenance book: http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Comp...8884352&sr=8-1


For wheels, you should buy the book by Jobst Brandt. It's an expensive litte bugger, but it's the bible. http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Wheel-...8884422&sr=1-1
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Old 04-22-08, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post

As recommended to me on this forum. The Sheldon Brown (r.i.p.) and Parktool websites are also great
+ 1,000

Does anyone know if the Sheldon Brown site will continue now that he is riding his bike in the clouds?
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Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
+ 1,000

Does anyone know if the Sheldon Brown site will continue now that he is riding his bike in the clouds?
I'm pretty sure harris will keep it going, and anyone who has ever used it wouldn't mind throwing in a buck or two to keep it active if keeping the site up ever gets to be an issue.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
I'm pretty sure harris will keep it going, and anyone who has ever used it wouldn't mind throwing in a buck or two to keep it active if keeping the site up ever gets to be an issue.
i would totally pitch in some money!
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+1 for Zinn and sheldonbrown.com. That is 99% of all wrenching knowledge you may ever need.
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Only thing I don't do is frame prep. Haven't built wheels yet, but I would if the opportunity came up (I have trued my wheels).
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Do a search there must be 25 posts on this subject.
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Zinn is great if you have little or no mechanical acumen. I like Park if you kind already know what you are doing.
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Plus 1 for Zinn. I bought the book and its nice to read up, even when nothing is wrong with the bike.
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
My well thumbed copy of:



As recommended to me on this forum. The Sheldon Brown (r.i.p.) and Parktool websites are also great
+1
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The book is great. So is Google, when you are having a tough time.

As for what repairs? No one touches my bike but me. I *might* have someone build my PowerTap wheel for me in a few weeks here.
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