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Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes Paperback – June 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 4 Updated edition (June 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579540090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579540098
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your local bike mechanic might have you thinking that "wrenching" is right up there with rocket science. But the truth is, anyone can master the ins and outs of bicycle maintenance under the guidance of a good teacher. In lieu of a professor, the editors of Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines have created a shop companion, which they refer to as "another tool for working on your bike." They guide you from the basics of your pre-ride checklist to tuning your derailleurs and overhauling your hubs. And they offer updated information on maintaining front shocks and even a handful of rear suspensions. What's more, they can walk you through the arduous task of rebuilding ancient parts that some shop mechanics haven't even heard of. If you've ever tried to work on your own car, you've undoubtedly developed a healthy fear of automobile shop manuals. But unlike the cryptic list of part numbers and equations you'll find at Pep Boys, this guide is written by people who want you to see just how rewarding bike maintenance can be. --Ben Tiffany

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In an old Monty Python sketch, the world is populated with Supermen, each wearing tights and a cape and an S on his chest. But one mild-mannered Superman is, in reality, Bicycle Repair Man, a hero who fixes bikes quickly and efficiently, all to the awed delight of the assembled Supermen. Now there is a way for any man or woman to become a hero with this easy-to-use-and-understand how-to, complete with superb photos of each and every movement the repairer must make. First there's a list of tools and all the maintenance that needs to be done on a regular basis. Then it's on to specific items (frames, suspension, wheels, tires, hubs, brakes, seats, and handlebars). Langley contends that anybody who has learned the basics of maintenance can fix a bike when equipped with the proper tools. He also provides for unusually constructed bikes and foreign models. Probably the most important advice appears at the beginning of the book, with the focus on preventive maintenance. Joe Collins

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Simple step by step instructions with loads of matching pictures.
Andrew Dapkins
If all you want to do is the basic things, then this book may be for you, for me however, I do not want to go to the shop, I want to do it my self.
Skooter Holloway
This is an excellent book on the maintenance and repair of all bicycles.
John H. Henderson

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John H. Henderson VINE VOICE on September 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book on the maintenance and repair of all bicycles.
Each of the 17 chapters discusses one component of the bike, such as rear derailleurs, front derailleurs, brakes, wheels, suspension, frame and others. Each chapter begins with a drawn illustration of the system, which is followed by a text description of the system and maintenane and repair of the system. This is followed by a troubleshooting section listing common problems and their solutions. But the best part of each chapter are the step-by-step procedures with excellent black-and-white photographs of each step.
In addition to discussing bike systems, there are chapters on creating a home workshop and even how to box a bike. (Exactly how my bike came from its manufacturer!)
There's really not a lot more to ask for from this book. The main complaint is that some of it seems a little out-of-date despite its 1999 copyright date, and I regret now that I did not list examples as they struck me, but a minor one, for example, was ignorance of 10-speed cassettes. However, some bicycle components are changing rapidly, and it's difficult for authors to keep up. Note that this is the 4th "expanded and revised" edition, so it does appear that the editors of Bicycling have made a commitment to update the book regularly.
I also got bogged down some times in the text description of procedures without pictures, but everything is clear when you get back into the step-by-step procedure section with the photographs. So it also seems that information is unnecessarily repeated.
Bicycling magazine has run articles on how to get home from different types of roadside breakdowns. It would be nice if they include this as one separate chapter that can be read before a trip.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mike B on November 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book might suffice if you've got an old bike, and need advice on something simple like cleaning, or tire replacement. But, if you're a do-it-yourselfer like me, who wants all the details, and maybe even some tips and tricks, this book falls pathetically short. Most of the components pictured look like they were late 80s vintage. There's little or no information on newer equipment. I've even found blatantly incorrect information. The "step by step" instructions jump around like they were written by someone in the late stages of Alzheimer's. You'd be better off trying to assemble a bike from scratch using only a picture of what it's supposed to look like when it's done!
I recently built my own criterium bike from the bottom bracket up. This was my first attempt at bike building, so naturally, I had a lot of questions and needed step by step instructions. I went through just about every chapter of this book during the project, and found serious problems with nearly all of them. I spent more time trying to decipher the book than if I would have learned on my own by trial and error!
Save yourself some money and a whole lot of headaches, and buy Zinn & The Art of Road (or Mountain) Bike Maintenance.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2001
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I had great hopes for this book. They have been repeatedly dashed. About 10% of the time I find what I need to know. Until recently, I thought the problem was me, since I'm a novice cyclist and bike mechanic. But then I discovered 'Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance'. I no longer feel stupid! I respect Bicycling Magazine, so it's a bummer that this book, which they published, is lousy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Francis Mihalovic on February 13, 2001
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This guide is just okay. For a more precise and clearer description of how to fix a mountain bike the Zinn book is preferable. The Zinn drawings are more detailed and he addresses the specific differences between various brand parts more precisely. Zinn is a better writer.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jgvipergts" on March 27, 2002
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Like most of the other reviewers for this book, I too had high hopes for something that is published by such a big-name magazine! Unfortunately, my hopes were all shot down as soon as I needed to do some repairs that would be considered futher than the "basics". I felt very confused with many of the diagrams and the text just didn't make it any easier. ...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
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I don't and won't own this book.
I reviewed it carefully at my local bookstore and then returned it to the shelf.
I suggest prospective buyers do the same.
Material is dated and lacking in illustrative photos. Unable to find decent photos of modern brake systems.
Bicycling magazine should be able to do better.
Bicycles are covered extensively, but as other reviewers have stated, a great deal of detail required for repairs is missing.
Revising and updating should involve more than changing the cover and/or the publication date.
Currently marketed bikes such as Fischer, Trek or even Huffies have newer components, not illustrated.
A good beginners book, but tough problems will still have to go to a pro shop.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Skooter Holloway on August 13, 2001
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I found this book to be a big disappointment! One would think with Bicycling Magazine's endorsement, that this book would be more complete. This book will get you through basic tune-ups and some maintenance, but evades the larger jobs by stating in the book to seek your local professional bicycle technician. Heck if I wanted to do that, I wouldn't need this "flippin" book! If all you want to do is the basic things, then this book may be for you, for me however, I do not want to go to the shop, I want to do it my self. I am returning this book for a more complete book on bicycle maintenance.
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