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  • Series: Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair for Road & Mountain Bikes
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Sixth Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294872
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

TODD DOWNS has been a self-taught, full-time wrench since 1989. Downs has been published in Dirt Rag magazine. He lives in Austin, TX.

BICYCLING connects with millions of active, affluent professionals for whom cycling is the centerpiece of a vibrant, experiential lifestyle. Its unique combination of travel, gear, fitness, style, and award-winning stories brings the sport to life for passionate readers.

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This book is very easy to read and follow.
Ryan M
Good for the person that wants to start working on his own bike or the person that wants to get deeper into it.
pack88jp
It's a very informative guide on bicycle maintenance and repair.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By AG on March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to assist me in learning how to work on my bike. The book does cover a lot of areas, however, it does so in a very cursory manner. For example, I was replacing my chain. The book is very good about how to break your chain, or take it apart, but completely neglects to instruct a user how to install a new chain and is missing information like chain sizing and how to properly place your chain through your rear derailleur. Another example is front derailleur information, the coverage is cursory at best and a now obvious issue I was having wasn't even covered in the book, I had to go to Youtube. While this book does feature 'links' to online content, the online videos are just as bad and as cursory. Thus far I have replaced my entire drive train and found this book to be maddeningly insufficient in detail. I doubt I will go back to it when I need to work on other areas of my bike.

This book is a waste of money. All the information contained in this book can be had on the internet, specifically parktool.com and youtube videos. I thought this would add something about and beyond what the internet provides, sadly I was mistaken.

Bottom line, if you want some basic knowledge grab this book, but even doing simple tasks on your bike this book won't be of help and you will find yourself looking to the internet for more help or your LBS.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Flash 927 on September 20, 2013
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The book provides adequate descriptions of most basic maintenance and repair issues but the images and diagrams are of such poor resolution that they are virtually USELESS, even on an iPad with retina display and iPhone 5. I purchased this digital edition, instead of a book format like the Park Big Blue Book, so that I could have a smaller format to take with me when I bike. All of the images are fuzzy and difficult or impossible to view adequately to be of any use. It would have been so easy to have high quality images, but obviously the author and publisher don't care. There must be better alternatives out there, so keep looking, because you will regret this purchase if you like visual representations to help guide you in your repairs and maintenance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey K. Wright on November 3, 2012
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My comments relate only to the electronic download version, not the printed copy. While the written info might be good, the VERY small photos are nearly useless. I am not sure the file I downloaded was properly converted from the written version and perhaps something happened to minimize the instructional photos. I would return it if I could and buy the printed version.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By petelog on October 12, 2010
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I decided to buy this book after reading the good reviews, I was looking for a fairly basic book to help me with bicycle maintenance and some easy repairs or adjustments, like how to adjust a rear derailleur, etc. I am very disappointed, the book is filled with technical language, there are a series of photos with little or no legend, which makes it very difficult or impossible to understand and follow the instructions, annotated graphics would have helped a lot instead.
if you are a professional and familiar with bike repair, then this book probably makes sense, but then, do you really need this book?
otherwise if you are like me, with very limited technical knowledge, you are better off with something more basic and/or better explained with helpful graphics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mtn otaku on August 7, 2013
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The book appears to be a good, comprehensive repair guide. However, in the Kindle Edition (on Android - a Nexus 7 2013), the illustrations are the size of postage-stamps. This makes it really difficult, especially if you're depending more on the illustrations than the text. A few of the tables are strangely formatted as well, where you need to scroll left and right within the table to read. Wish Amazon did a better job capturing the illustrations and tables in these sorts of books. Buyer beware.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Burke on October 12, 2012
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I bought the Kindle version, which is horribly formatted. References to illustrations not where they should be, etc. Also, poor linking within the book made it difficult to find specific topics, or subtopics quickly. A lot of time was wasted just searching for what I wanted to know about.

When I found the information, often it was too vague or poorly explained. Example: The discussion on different types of bottom brackets and how to maintain or replace them. I learned about the evolution of bottom brackets and about the new R & D of bottom brackets, which is OK information, but I never figured out from this chapter what kind of bottom bracket my bike has. The explanation came short of describing my bracket (which is not uncommon). Illustrations or pictures showing some of the types and/or brands of bottom brackets to clarify the text, basically are non-existent. It's frustrating spending a lot of time searching and reading a book and then not find the answers to my questions. Time is too precious to waste.

Here is my opinion of this and some other books that I've seen lately. Writers and/or publishers are in too big of a hurry to get their books done and published so as to start making money. They spend far too little time developing and constructing a really thorough and useful instruction tool for people like Joe Consumer who want and need it. If authors would read and re-read, and think and re-think about what they wrote and what ways they could improve their books for public use, and then have them edited and evaluated by knowledgeable sources, and then go back and back again and again and make needed changes, then they would have a complete body of knowledge on a subject, properly structured and formatted for public use.
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