Which Bicycle Maintenance book?

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Which Bicycle Maintenance book?

Postby TailWindHome » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:03 am

Can anyone recommend a bicycle maintenance book? Something with nice big clear pictures would be good.

I flicked throw the Haynes book and wasn't really impressed.

Park Big Blue Book and ZInn seem to be the other choices.

Any thoughts?
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Postby jamesco » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:28 am

I got this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycle-Repair- ... 79-0569665

It's useful, but the videos on http://bicycletutor.com are so helpful that I don't know if I'd buy a bike-repair book again.

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Postby rjsterry » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:00 pm

Road Bike Maintenance by Guy Andrews. Very similar layout to the Workshop articles in C+, but bigger pictures. Also, it's spiral bound, so will stay open on the page you want, which is more of a plus than you might think with filthy oily hands halfway through stripping your back wheel down. Which reminds me, I need to find my copy.
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Postby dvdfoz » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:03 pm

rjsterry wrote:Road Bike Maintenance by Guy Andrews. Very similar layout to the Workshop articles in C+, but bigger pictures. Also, it's spiral bound, so will stay open on the page you want, which is more of a plus than you might think with filthy oily hands halfway through stripping your back wheel down. Which reminds me, I need to find my copy.


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Postby The Hundredth Idiot » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:09 pm

Zinn

If you've got a slightly older bike, see if you can find the Zinn edition from around that time (say on eBay). I have an old copy of Zinn and Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance which is very handy for the couple of older MTBs I have - e.g. cantilever brakes rather than discs, cup and cone BB rather than sealed unit, ... Might be that the newer edition still covers that, though.
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Postby nicklouse » Fri Jul 09, 2010 17:58 pm

zinn if you know nothing. but the web sites in my sig cover everything.

yes it still covers it but so does Sheldon rather well and it is free.
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Postby sc999cs » Fri Jul 09, 2010 19:39 pm

Park Tools website is good as well.

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Postby beverick » Fri Jul 09, 2010 22:29 pm

To be honest, bikes are (still) very simple things and I work on the basis that anything I'm likely to need a manual for, I'll pay someone else to meddle with that bit anyway - so that's items like BB, suspension forks and steering components. Few things need anything other than an allen key, screw driver or perhaps a spanner.

Most manufacturers provide detailed instruction sheets for their components many of which can be downloaded from their web sites (Shimano in particular).

Youtube is your friend also!

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Re: Which Bicycle Maintenance book?

Postby Buckled_Rims » Fri Jul 09, 2010 22:56 pm

TailWindHome wrote:Can anyone recommend a bicycle maintenance book? Something with nice big clear pictures would be good.

I flicked throw the Haynes book and wasn't really impressed.

Park Big Blue Book and ZInn seem to be the other choices.

Any thoughts?


I bought the Haynes a while ago and even then seemed outdated, but I was allured by the photos and clear page descriptions. I'll give 5/10.

The "Bike Repair manual" by Chris Sidwells is a very good book. I've got the 2005 ed so it might be updated. 8/10.

Dummies bike repair and maintenance is more wordy, with few diagrams and photos but still decent 5/10
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Postby Aguila » Sat Jul 10, 2010 05:45 am

I have and like the zinn book.

I also find the bicycletutor website useful, watching something is aften easier than reading a description:

http://bicycletutor.com/

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Postby TailWindHome » Sat Jul 10, 2010 17:10 pm

Thanks all for your recommendations

The online resources are good and I'll probably use them too, but I'm a bit old fashioned in that I like books.
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Postby rjsterry » Sat Jul 10, 2010 17:36 pm

Also a book doesn't require a handy power point next to where you do your maintenance, and oily finger prints on the keyboard are not good if you're not the sole user.
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Postby nicklouse » Sat Jul 10, 2010 19:23 pm

still cheaper to print out the bits you need as you need them.
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Postby too slow to go » Sat Jul 10, 2010 22:27 pm

Daft question alert! :oops:

I have a copy of Zinn mountain bike maintenance, would i be able to use that for the basic maintenance on my road bike? i really can see there being much difference in the gears shifters and brake callipers to discs.

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Postby rmhodv » Mon Jul 12, 2010 08:12 am

too slow to go wrote:Daft question alert! :oops:

I have a copy of Zinn mountain bike maintenance, would i be able to use that for the basic maintenance on my road bike? i really can see there being much difference in the gears shifters and brake callipers to discs.


No, not a daft question. It's good point

In the the Zinn book for road bikes it does not cover how ro maintain 'V' brakes, for this you need to refer to the mountain bike edition. I bought the the road bike version fo my Trek 7.2FX, which has 'V' brakes, although every other part of the bike is covered in the road bike manual.

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Postby jonnyboy77 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 09:12 am

I got Zinn for Mountain Bikes this weekend, very impressed with what I've read so far ... putting it to the test soon when I strip the front end of the Kona down ...

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Postby rjsterry » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:54 am

nicklouse wrote:still cheaper to print out the bits you need as you need them.
With the extortionate price of inkjet cartridges? I'm not so sure. (Assuming you're printing at home that is) Also the formating can be a bit of a pain when printing from a website.
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Postby ShimanoBottomBracket » Sun Aug 20, 2017 14:30 pm

jamesco wrote:I got this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycle-Repair- ... 79-0569665

It's useful, but the videos on http://bicycletutor.com are so helpful that I don't know if I'd buy a bike-repair book again.



How do you actually access those videos on bicycletutor? I ended up with a request to subscribe. Well they can F.O if thats whats required just to watch a few vids.
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Re: Which Bicycle Maintenance book?

Postby Ben6899 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 09:37 am

Bike Mechanic
https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/ ... &q&f=false

First third is tales from the road and the last two thirds are how to maintain your bike... to the level you'd expect from a mechanic looking after a Pro team.
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