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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 4th edition (April 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193138259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382595
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Lennard Zinn’s book is packed with in-depth explanations and useful diagrams.” — Velo magazine
 
“Lennard Zinn is a veritable cycling Einstein, and as a naturally gifted teacher he has the unique ability to explain even the most difficult mechanical task. So unless you currently ride on a high-profile pro team with your own mechanic (and maybe even then), Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is an absolute ‘must-have’ book.” —Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist, U.S. Pro champion, and Tour de France stage winner
 
“Lennard Zinn is an institution in the bicycle world—a legend. Legions of cyclists have learned to repair bikes from him, ridden bicycles he’s built, or used his advice as guidance on how to better enjoy the world on two wheels.” — Bicycle Times magazine

“Today's bicycles are complicated machines that can be expensive to maintain and repair. Zinn has written this book to help both the leisure bike rider and expert mechanic handle almost any problem associated with road bikes.” — Library Journal
 
Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has instructions on anything an aspiring wrench would want to know. What impresses most is Lennard’s overall approach of simplifying a task and reminding us how rewarding it is to perform our own service.” — Podium Café

“Lennard Zinn really is the world’s most helpful and comprehensive human when it comes to bicycle repair and maintenance.” — Bike magazine

“When you read Zinn’s books, it’s like he’s sharing secrets from the pro ranks with you… The illustrations in this book are as informative as they are enjoyable to look at. This is a super helpful manual that belongs on every roadie’s workbench.” — RoadBikeRider.com

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is simple, easy to follow and the illustrations are magnificent…If you are looking for a bicycle repair manual, get this book.” — Cycloculture

“Lennard Zinn’s book might be the work that launched a 1,000 repair projects. Or, at least, it placated many home mechanics when they started cursing skipped shifts or loose headsets.” — Canadian Cycling magazine

“If ever there was a classic text on bike maintenance, this has to be it…Like its predecessors, it goes from super simple right through to complete re-builds. All are explained by a combination of Zinn’s unique humour-filled, insightful and clear text, with Todd Telander’s brilliant illustrations.” — 220 Triathlon

“Zinn is very good at taking you incrementally through the learning process—whether you are a beginner or expert mechanic.” — Out There Monthly magazine

""There really is no other bicycle repair manual like this. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is very up to date, very clear—thanks to the profuse illustrations—and accurate and comprehensive…And it’s all in a very enjoyable format intended to be encouraging and confidence-building."" — USCyclingReport.com

“There is a wealth of excellent info in this rather large tome… Zinn makes little pre-supposition as to the technical abilities of his readers and it's this aspect that makes you feel that you can manage the majority of the repairs detailed in the book.” — TheWashingMachinePost.net

“Simple to read and follow, the illustrated, large-format paperback manual features everything from replacing a flat to repairing components. It’s a great addition to any new biker’s library but offers invaluable advice for experts, too.” — Sports Guide magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Zinn & the Art of Rod Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

The World’s Best Repair Guide for Bikes!


If you are looking for easy-to-follow instructions on how to repair a bicycle,Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenanceis the best guide you’ll find. No matter what kind of bike you own—an aging 10-speed with hard-to-find parts or a brand-new, tricked-out race machine—Lennard Zinn’s guide to all road and cyclocross bicycles is a one-stop reference that will show you the correct way to maintain and repair any bike.

Whether you are a novice bike mechanic or an experienced gearhead, you will find complete DIY instructions for basic and advanced bicycle care, accompanied by hundreds of detailed illustrations, exploded views of how parts go together, and time-saving tips. Itemized tool lists explain what you’ll need to do the job, whether you are stocking a workshop or tackling a roadside repair.

Bicycle Basics
• How to do your own bike fit
• Simple instructions for regular bicycle care
• Maintenance schedules to keep your bike running trouble-free

Complete Bike Repair
• How to fix every bike part: Brakes, wheels, tires, headsets, derailleurs, pedals, chains, hubs, handlebars, saddles—you name it, it’s covered

Solve Common Bicycle Problems
• Diagnose and fix problems like a skipping chain, rough shifting, squeaky brakes, or a stuck seatpost with troubleshooting tables and tips

Everything Covered, Old & New
• Campagnolo EPS and Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems (all types); all Ergopower and Dual Control STI systems, including 11-speed; all SRAM DoubleTap
• Mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes for road and cyclocross bicycles
• All bottom brackets, cup-and-cone to BB90 and everything in between

The Ultimate Reference
• Exhaustive troubleshooting index; glossary of terms; torque specifications; gear chart for compact and regular cranks; bike fit tables

Over 650 Illustrations and Exploded Views!

Lennard Zinnwas a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for more than 50 years. A professional frame builder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer for Velo magazine and hosts the popular Q&A column on VeloNews.com. His other books includeZinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance,Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes,Zinn’s Cycling Primer,The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, andThe Mountain Bike Owner’s Manual. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Lennard Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for nearly 50 years. A professional frame builder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer for VeloNews magazine and Singletrack.com and hosts the popular Q&A column on VeloNews.com. His other books include Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, Zinn's Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, and The Mountain Bike Owner's Manual. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

Very well written book that is easy to understand.
patches
This is a great book and will tell you everything you need to know about bike maintenance.
bikenut71
I think this is a really great book even though I have only browsed through some topics.
Andrew Tang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Hua on March 31, 2013
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I have had many years of wrenching on cars and bikes alike. I felt that this book was a great all-in-one general maintenance book for Road Bike Maintenance. It does not give every single detail that is possible for all parts (e.g. shimano brakes, it doesn't tell give you a parts breakdown like one would if you went to the manufacture site and downloaded their technical documents).

***TIP for specific instructions for bike parts: most manufactures will post up online detailed technical specifications for each part and some will even post a parts breakdown document as well.

Many of my opinions are also formed based upon my maintenance use and owner ship of the Park Tool Big Blue Book 2nd Edition (which should be the current edition). Hands down, this book is much better than the Park Tools book, for it is much more detailed in many areas that the Park Tools book lacks. This book covers most of the popular designs and manufactures (e.g. different shifting systems including campagnolo, shimano, and sram). It also details the differences between the companies as well on certain parts that need attention because of the unique design by the company. The book does a great job at sorting the different repair tasks by three different levels, which most takes I feel are generally level 2. Not only that, it also gives an overview of different type of maintenance tool sets one should have from level 1, the basic level tool kit for the beginner, to level 3 + tools that a shop should own. Zinn also explains each of the parts for every kit level as well. I feel they do a pretty good job overall on giving a easy to follow guideline as to what common tools are needed for each of the different levels of repair difficulties.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K B on February 9, 2013
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I had preordered this book based on the excellent reviews of the previous editions. The book contains an enormous amount of information. I don't think that point can be stress enough. But fortunately the table of contents and index do an excellent job of helping you find what you are looking for. There is a troubleshooting section that is well laid out and quickly directs you to the sections you need. There are quite a few drawings and diagrams(no photos) that help illustrate the point he is talking about. There is a glossary so if you don't know what he is talking about you can just look it up. And one of the best things (imo) is at the beginning of each chapter there is a list of the tools you'll need so you can make sure you have everything before you start tearing your bike apart.

The only down side I have about the book are the cross references. The references to other sections are to the section number only. It would have been nice to have the page number in the reference also.

Overall I really like this book. It has a lot of information and the explanations are well thought out.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Big T on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I think that this book is over rated for 2 reasons. First, the pen and ink type illustrations are not as useful as photos, which the book does not have. Second and more importantly, good how to / fix it books explain how stuff works. If you know how it works, you can diagnose most problems and fix them. By contrast other books (incl Zinn) mostly just tell you the steps to fix something. This is great as long as your gear and problem perfectly match the one the authors intended, but not so good for having to diagnose other problems (or fix stuff in the field where you don't have the book). Based on these criteria, I prefer Mel Alwoods book, although I usually read both before attempting a repair.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rob on January 3, 2014
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As a bike mechanic, I've read all the books. This is by far the easiest to read, has detailed yet easy to understand instructions, and the hand drawn pictures are more than adequate.

Each edition is thoroughly rewritten and updated, so it keeps me up to date. Lennard is a guru and for all the right reasons.

Best of all, this book serves absolute beginners as well as experts. He has an easy writing style that makes this an (almost) can't-put-down book. Once you start reading, you do want to keep going. I've read it cover to cover about three times and gotten information each pass. It's a MUST for any mechanic's bookshelf.

I literally built my first bike, from scratch, just by reading his first edition. I didn't know a darned thing about bikes (literally, I didn't know ANYTHING about bike repairs), but by following closely, I build up a Felt 10x2 that was an amazing ride, all from parts I ordered off eBay by knowing the size I needed because Lennard TOLD me what I needed. It was an amazing experience, and I've built probably 30 more for friends since that first Felt.

I own the previous editions, and each is better than the previous one. That's rare in my opinion. Buy this; it's a must read for the bike enthusiast who wants to wrench himself. And if you don't know a derailleur from a screwdriver, don't worry: Lennard explains the difference.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kswaterman on August 16, 2005
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I have to say before getting this book I was a little worried it would be to advanced for someone so mechanically challanged to follow but it details just about every thing you would ever want to do on a bike that even someone like me can follow.

I was at first a little surprised to see that it had no pictures (only drawings) but they are very detailed and explain the moves in a manner which would have been hard to do with photographs.

Well worth the money.
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