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The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes Paperback – September 28, 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has all of the things I need to know in order to keep our bicycles in great working order.Published 16 days ago by DoYouKnowHim
Terrible Kindle edition! I thought I'd get the Kindle edition to take with me on tour since I can take a full library, but the photos and diagrams are a joke, and the links I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Howard T. Maher
Explanations are very good, but in the kindle version photos are very small and when you try to open them directly (in the telephone or tablet) the resolution it's quite poor...Published 4 months ago by David
Clearly explains various aspects of maintenance, including lots of clear photos of the different types of construction (like the difference between a freewheel and a freehub, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Blankenship
bought along with the Big Blue Book and the two together provide a valuable resourcePublished 9 months ago by ray J