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learning maintenanceneube
May 6, 2002 7:22 AM
i've been riding a lot lately, and i'm in need of some maintnenance. i know next to nothing about bike maintenance. rather than bother my riding buddies or pestering discussion boards, i'd rather just go and learn for myself.

my question: is there a road bike maintenance bible? some book or reference material that's through? or an online source?

thanks
There are quite a few...Jekyll
May 6, 2002 7:39 AM
On line you can go to: http://www.parktool.com or http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/index.html#articles
For books check out "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" - If you want a cover to cover, detail reference you can get the Barnett's manual (kind of pricy).
re: learning maintenanceAlpedhuez55
May 6, 2002 8:06 AM
THe best book I have found is Zinn and the Art of Road Kike Maintenance. It is very thorough and informative with good illistrations. The Bicycling Magazine book is also good but not quite ans informative. Sheldon Brown's Website is also a great source.

I would also consider taking a class at a local bike shop this winter. Most of them will offer one on one lessons in the off season. THe are probably too busy this time of year to offer that service though. If you are in a club, see if they can get a shop who will sponser a clinic of some type as well. I know the shop down the street from me did a clinic like that. It helped them bring in a lot of new business. Also, if there is an Adult Education center where you live, they will usually offer some type of class. It will help you apply what you learn from the books to the bike.

Good Luck
Mike Y.
Look for classes as wellCalvin
May 7, 2002 5:23 AM
There are some retailers who also are teaching bike repair. These can be an excellent source of learning as you get instant feedback and can ask questions. See some of these at http://www.parktool.com/park_tool_school/retailer.shtml