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Good Bike Mechanic Book...(12 posts)

Good Bike Mechanic Book...Ran D
Mar 19, 2001 11:59 AM
Anyone have any suggestions on a good book for overall bike mechanics and care for your bike. (Things to watch out for, how to clean, how to set it up for proper fit, how to install shifters, etc.)
re: Good Bike Mechanic Book...ANTULE
Mar 19, 2001 12:27 PM
I asked the same question last week and was told to look at "Zinn and The Art of Road Bike Maintenance". I didn't get any other suggestions.
Mar 19, 2001 1:27 PM
this is the best one I've seen.
re: Good Bike Mechanic Book...Ocky
Mar 19, 2001 3:51 PM
i'd have to say that the Barnetts Manual is the most comprehensive that i've read...covering every aspect of bicyle mechanics and repair. the specialized website has a new chapter (pdf format) that you can download every month if your a registered user, so you might want to check that out before you buy. there are 4 books in the complete set, and i think it runs for about a $100.
I have ch. 1-13 if you want themyodleboy
Mar 19, 2001 4:06 PM
I have ch 1-13 of the Barnetts manual from
I think I'll just get some free space on geocities and upload them there if anyone wants them. i can post an address tomorrow..
Zinn's book is great.nigel
Mar 19, 2001 5:56 PM
"Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" is certainly one of (if not the) best out there. Lennard Zinn's a master framebuilder/mechanic, and his book displays things neatly, expertly, and in terms that anyone can understand. Not expensive, but pretty much comprehensive. I've learned a lot, and now feel much more "mechanically inclined" with my bikes.
I wrote that one...TJeanloz
Mar 20, 2001 6:59 AM
Well, more like my boss helped write that one. Lennard lives up the street from the shop- there should be a shout out to us (Louisville Cyclery) on the acknowledgements page. I just felt like I needed to take some credit where it isn't really due.
there is a mentionColnagoFE
Mar 20, 2001 7:05 AM
I think he mentions steve at LC in the book...great book by the way. i've tackled many a job that i wouldn't have previously with that book by my side. lennard is a great guy too. you ever ridden one of his frames? maybe someday when i get some extra $ I'll get one...his frames aren't cheap by any means.

by the way...supposed to be 67 degrees by sunday...should be some good riding around these parts this week!
Zinn BikesTJeanloz
Mar 20, 2001 8:48 AM
All of our long term employees ride custom Zinn bikes, that is, when we have time to ride. His frames are by no means cheap, and except for really big or really small people (his specialty is designing bikes for the super tall), there are probably plenty of frames out there that are just as good.
Zinn BikesColnagoFE
Mar 20, 2001 2:02 PM
I ride a 62cm Colnago so I think he'd build a good bike for me even though I'm on the shorter end of who he usually builds for. super nice guy too.
Mighty good job, TJ!nigel
Mar 20, 2001 8:22 AM
Again, the Zinn tome has become my bike-maintenance bible ever since my wife got it for me for Xmas. Before that, I'd used the (dare I admit) Bicycling Mag's Guide to Bike Maintenance (or something) for years. Your text is not only more current, but I trust it more and have learned much more from it and its illustrations and exploded views of parts.
Great to know we have people like you on the board with such expertise. Congrats on the book, and thanks for all of your knowledgable suggestions here online.

Take care and ride fast,
re: Good Bike Mechanic Book...Alan B
Mar 20, 2001 8:12 AM
Just to give you another option, Bicycling Magazine publishes a good one. Bicycle Maintenance and Repair. About $20 at your local major bookstore, or