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Requested: Title of a good Bike Maintenance Manual(8 posts)

Requested: Title of a good Bike Maintenance Manualakjohn
Mar 31, 2002 1:26 PM
Greetings...I am new to the file of bicycle mechanics:-). I am interested in overhauling an older (but low mileage) mountain bike, and learning to do overhauls, tuneups and routine maintenance on new road bikes. I would appreciate recommendations for a comprehensive and well-written bike maintenance manual.


Mar 31, 2002 1:33 PM
and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance ... Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
Ditto on Zinn, only problem is...DINOSAUR
Mar 31, 2002 1:50 PM
Most of the illustrations don't coincide with the written instructions on the same page, you usually have to leaf ahead a couple of pages and jocky back and forth between the two. Also has a section about bike fit and how to set up your bike. Money well spent, I have grease marks on some of the pages...
I'm with jtollesonVelocipedio
Mar 31, 2002 1:50 PM
The Zinn books are excellent. Great illustrations, good advice, covers almost everything... and he has a sense of humour...
Also, on line info can helpJekyll
Mar 31, 2002 1:52 PM
A wealth of information is available at and good repair info can also be found at - The Zinn book is very good resource as well.
Thanks for the more ?akjohn
Mar 31, 2002 4:01 PM
I have heard of the Zinn books. I assume that the book(s) cover tool selection?

Mar 31, 2002 4:16 PM
- so will the on line resources - especially the Park Tools site (their goal after all is to sell you the tool). You can go to an on-line retailer like and get a pretty complete Lufi (sp?) tool kit for around $45 which will get started. The tools are not Park quality but more than adequate for most do-it-yourselfers.
re: Requested: Title of a good Bike Maintenance ManualThaddeus
Apr 2, 2002 9:29 AM
I would have to say that Barnett's Manual, the standard shop repair guide is best. There are good checklists for repair instructions, and detailed part diagrams that list every part that could be replaced.]

I have a third edition which I copied at work from a bike store mechanic friend of mine, but its currently in it's fourth edition.