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A good bike repair booktheWdotY
Jul 4, 2003 6:31 AM
Just wondering what is a good bike repair book that's out there. I'm fairly new to cycling and would like to pick up a book that allows to learn lots and be able to do lots of work on my bike myself.

There are several........davet
Jul 4, 2003 7:25 AM is by Haynes, the auto repair manual people. Well written, clear and concise and very well illustrated. The other is by Zinn, which I haven't read but a lot of people rave about it.

Another good source is in the Park Tool website: This is probably the de-facto go to site when you need help.

There are many other repair books out there. Find several that you like. There is no such thing as too much information!
re: A good bike repair bookgav
Jul 4, 2003 9:21 AM
I'm not the biggest fan of Zinn's as it doesn't seem to be very clear in alot of places but I liked the Park Tool Repair Manual..
re: A good bike repair bookrussw19
Jul 4, 2003 5:16 PM
Pick up a copy of Park's Tool School book. It's amazingly well laid out. It shows you how to do about everything, and it's pretty cheap. What it doesn't cover, you can get from their website.

Bike service in not rocket scienceAtombomber
Jul 5, 2003 10:38 AM
All that is really required when servicing you bicycle is common sense. If something is tight, loosen it. If something is loose, tighten it. Oil and grease where required, clean when dirty, lube when movement is not smooth. Replace parts when they cannot be repaired or are worn out from use. Frequency of service depends on conditions and intensity of use. When taking something apart, not the order things came off, so that reassambly is opposite. Use egg cartons for smaller parts and use each holder in order as pieces come off.

The references listed prior are will help if you're stuck.
Jul 5, 2003 10:49 AM
Bicycle specific tools are a must for certain areas. Trying to use Channel-Locks and crescent wrenches is not recommended. Park offers a very good starter kit, but determine what you need first, since there's no point in getting a headset wrench set if you use a threadless design, or no point in getting cone wrenches if you don't have hubs that require them. A pedal wrench, a good quality allen key set, the required cassette tool and chain whip, crank puller if you don't have self extracting cranks, bottom bracket tools for what you have, chain tool, a mini grease gun and a decent work stand are what you should start investing in. As your experience and wallet size increases, more specialized tools can be purchased such as wheen truing stand and dishing tool.
Jul 6, 2003 11:21 AM