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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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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 The main complaint is that some of it seems a little out-of-date despite its 1999 copyright date, and I regret now that I did not list examples as they struck me, but a minor one, for example, was ignorance of 10-speed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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book on the basics of bicycle maintenance. I you do your own bicycle maintenance you should consider this book.Published 6 months ago by R.E. Klaus
Good book. A little out of date at this point but good on the basics and most bikes.Published 8 months ago by JAMES
Easy to read and follow. Great book to have as you work with the repairs.Published 11 months ago by dswilson206
bought for a young friend with a wife and kids who cycle with him. very complete and easy to understand.Published 11 months ago by William J. Price
I have had this book for some time, but plan to get another one. It provides a lot of information, but I would like to make basic adjustments on my front and rear derailleurs. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JMC
Book was fairly priced, and got here in good time. Thanks jerry grohmanPublished 20 months ago by jerry grohman
Interesting chuck full of photos and instructions.Great value all around a winner.I'm a novice at bike repair it was great help for me learning what I needed to learn. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by NY Adirondack Man