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Maintenance/repair book recommendations... from a newbie(7 posts)

Maintenance/repair book recommendations... from a newbiericer_dad
Oct 4, 2003 2:17 PM
I would like to purchase a book or 2 about maintaining my newish MB (Trek 4900 w/disc). I am very familiar with tools but not so much working on bikes. Most ambitious job so far... replacing handlebars. I would like to know more about disc brakes, headsets, wheels/tires, cassettes. I now have stock MB wheels and tires but would like to get less agressive tires and a second set set of wheels for hybrid style (streets and improved paths) biking. Instead of changing tires, just slip on the second set of wheels/tires.
Any recommendations? Thanks.
Oct 4, 2003 2:30 PM
Zinn's books ("Zinn and the Art of Road/MB Maintenance")are well done and readily available. Bicycling's maintenance and repair book is not as technical but has loads of pictures and is easy to follow. Good luck
Oct 4, 2003 2:34 PM

... not a text per se (of course, you can do like me and print out relavent info)... but lots of good stuff can be had at this (of course, they recommend Park tools for toll specific jobs) and other internet sites (plus, it updates a bit easier than printed text).

Specialized used to offer chapters out of the Barnett manuals... check their site as well.

Be the bike.
re: Maintenance/repair book recommendations... from a newbielyleseven
Oct 4, 2003 3:16 PM
Barnett's Manual is the definitive text, but very voluminous and probably not necessary for everyday repairs. Zinn is great for the value.
re: Maintenance/repair book recommendations... from a newbieal0
Oct 5, 2003 3:11 AM
BTW, there is a link from Specialized site to selected chapter of Barnet Manual (changed monthly?). Investigate site that those link points to you usually would be able to find one more chapter.
Barnetts Manual, Chapters 1-38Mel Erickson
Oct 5, 2003 6:04 AM
Online here:

Everything you always wanted to know and weren't afraid to ask.
The Zinn Book is great - nmbenja15
Oct 6, 2003 7:42 AM