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Editorial Reviews


“Lennard Zinn’s book is packed with in-depth explanations and useful diagrams.” — VeloNews magazine

“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

“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

"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. This book essentially takes the place of a collection of several other books, component manufacturer’s assembly sheets, and the collective wisdom of years of hands on bicycle maintenance. And it’s all in a very enjoyable format intended to be encouraging and confidence-building." — USCyclingReport.com

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.” — PodiumCafe.com

“If ever there was a classic text on bike maintenance, this has to be it. The joy of this third edition, like its predecessors, is that 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.” — 220Triathlon.com

From the Back Cover

Nobody covers bikes like ZinnNo matter what kind of road bike you own—a trusty old ten-speed or the newest carbon fiber race machine—you will find the best way to maintain it in this book. Since the publication of the first edition, Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has become one of the world's best-selling guides to bicycle care because it covers everything you need to know in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format. Look inside and you will find clear instructions for basic maintenance and advanced repairs, accompanied by hundreds of illustrations, exploded views of how parts go together, time-saving tips, shortcuts, and smart recommendations from Lennard Zinn, America's leading expert on bikes and gear.The Basics:• How to choose a bike, including fitting and sizing• Simple instructions for regular maintenance• Full coverage of road, touring, and race bikes old and new, including daily commutersAdvanced repair:• Integrated-spindle cranks with external cups or press-in bearings, clipless pedals, carbon fiber forks, internal headsets, hub and cassette overhaul, integrated seat masts, and much more• Problem-solving for frozen parts, stripped threads, missing pieces• Pro Tips to speed your workAll about wheels:• Tubeless tires, tubular tires, conventional tires, carbon rims• Wheelbuilding and general wheel maintenance and repairThe latest and greatest:• The newest components including Campagnolo 11-speed, Shimano electronic Dura-Ace, SRAM Red• Expanded cyclocross coverage throughoutThe most complete reference available:• Glossary of bike terms, specifications for bolt tightening, gear chart for conventional and compact cranks, and a comprehensive troubleshooting index• More than 350 illustrations, including exploded views of critical assemblies 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 framebuilder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer forVeloNewsmagazine and Singletrack.com 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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press; Third Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030424
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brennan Johnson on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I spent the better part of yesterday reading through this book and working on my badly-out-of-tune bike. I learned how to properly clean and maintain my bike, adjust derailleur positioning, cable tension, limits, and how to true the wheels. I also learned a bunch of emergency repair techniques. By the end of the day, my bike was properly cleaned and lubed, was shifting quickly and smoothly, and my noticeably wobbly back wheel was perfectly straight. I did all of these things using only my Topeak Alien II (which I highly recommend) and a makeshift bike stand. Today, I took my bike out on a 3-hour ride to test it and it worked flawlessly. I'm giving this book a 4-star rating now because I haven't had enough time to read through the whole thing yet, but I can say that it definitely deserves a 5-star rating for basic bike maintenance instruction.

The book is well illustrated and the instructions are very much to the point and generally very easy to follow. The pages are 8.5 by 11", so there's plenty of room for large illustrations and the text spacing makes it very easy on the eyes. It explains each process for multiple brands (Shimano, Campy, SRAM, etc.), which is extremely useful because the directions describe the exact part you're working on. It is well written and the author's personality comes out to some degree and makes it entertaining to read. The illustrations are excellent and very helpful--there are many exploded-view drawings of parts so you can see exactly how it works and how to take it apart and put it back together. Overall, it has been an excellent resource so far and one day's use has saved me a ton of money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jy on September 27, 2009
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I have a hybird bike (Trek 7.3fx) that sits a little more toward the road bike side of the Road-Mountain bike spectrum among hybrids. Because of this, I thought this road bike edition of the Zinn book was more appropriate.

Turns out I was wrong. There is no V-brake section in this version. You need the mountain bike version for that. I am now a happy owner of Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, but it would have been nice if the choice had been clearer earlier on.

For what its worth, having seen both the road and mountain versions of this book, I'd recommend the mountain bike book to hybrid bike owners. Of course this depends on the particular bike you have, but the hybrids I've seen will mostly likely be better covered in the other work. Especially if you have V-brakes, the choice for the mountain bike book is a no-brainer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery G. Gedgaud on October 16, 2009
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Lennard Zinn takes you through your road bike to get it tuned up and in perfect working order for beginners and professional bikers alike.

Contents 25/25
Ease of Understanding/Practicality 23/25
Pictures/Illustrations 18/25
Additional Features 20/25
Total 86/100

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance takes you from basic bike anatomy to maintaining, tuning up and troubleshooting problems. Lennard Zinn has been an award winning writer of bicycle maintenance books and has released an updated release for road bikes to keep your road machine in top condition.

With winter now upon us we can put those bikes up and get out our winter sports gear but you should not just hang that bike up on the rack and forget it. It's time to do some preventive maintenance as well as get anything you find fixed and have it ready for the next nice day.

Preventive maintenance is a term I really learned in the military and have come to respect the idea behind keeping things working and in top condition. Money spent on preventing rust and other wear and tear as well as fixing things when they are small really makes sense and saves you money.

Lennard Zinn has spent years as a bicycle frame builder, master framebuilder is the term I keep reading on the internet so he does know his bikes. He takes beginners and experienced riders through the bike anatomy, preventive maintenance and on into those complex repairs like replacing gears and crank bearings.

The Art of Road Bike Maintenance goes from simple bike anatomy and tools to doing what you need to fix and keep your bike in top shape.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PH on July 3, 2011
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This book will pay for itself! Most shops in my area charge $45 for a basic bike tune up, $150 for a total overhaul. I've done both at home with help from this book. It's nice to have a nice shifting, smooth ridding bike on the club rides. It's even cooler knowing that I did the work myself and saved $.

The book doesn't have pictures, it's all very detailed illustrations. A cool thing I liked was the part they talk about the tools. There is an illustration of all sorts of tools and they are all labeled! My tool kit came with a bunch of tools and no labels. So I had no idea what did what. Well, now I know :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By porscheowner on August 9, 2011
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I got this book on the advise of my nephew who is more heavily into cycling as well as repair. His recommendation was spot on!
This book is well organized. The chapters are organized to cover various aspects of cycle repair, so that if one has a problem with, say, spokes, one can go right to the chapter covering wheels and find it. It is also well equipped with illustrations and, best of all, the advise on repairs is graded as to the difficulty. It even divides the tool recommendations into the same three grades.
I especially enjoyed that the author is, unlike so many technicians, able to communicate very effectively without resorting to the jargon of cycle repair. In other words it is an easy read.
I would recommend this book to anyone, of any skill and interest level, who is looking for a "how to" book of road bicycle repair.
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