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Anybody's Bike Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Bike Repairs Paperback – April 1, 1998

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From Library Journal

This is the how-to-fix-it manual that launched Ten Speed Press nearly 20 years ago ( LJ 12/15/71). Aimed at riders who want to accomplish their own bicycle repairs rather than relying on a bikeshop, it remains quite good and fairly comprehensive. The new edition covers mountain bikes and index shifting as well as more traditional features and bikes. The main drawback is the illustrations: while clear, they aren't as good as photos. Libraries with Clarence W. Coles and Harold T. Glenn's Glenn's Complete Bicycle Manual ( LJ 7/73) and/or Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair ( LJ 5/1/86) might skip this, but the price makes it a real bargain.
- Thomas K. Fry, UCLA Libs.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Cuthbertson was Ten Speed Press's first author, and his friendly bicycle repair manual not only inspired the name of our company, it made bicycle repair accessible for the casual and serious cyclist. As the technology of bicycles has evolved, so has his classic book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898159962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898159967
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought my first copy of this book back in 1974 at the age of 14, and proceeded to tear every part of my bike apart, and more importantly, successfully put it back together! I recently began riding again, and the first thing I did was to buy the newest edition, and proceeded to tear apart my bike again! This book makes it fun to work on bikes! In fact, once I had finished completely overhauling it, I was a little bummed because all that is left to do now is to ride it...
The bood is well written, funny, informative, and covers almost everything. I highly recommend it to anyone who owns a bike and is interested in learning to maintain it!
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By A Customer on December 17, 1998
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I think that this is the one book that anybody with a bike needs. It covers all aspects of bike mechanics from the simplest, like choice of tools, to more complex, like working on the power train. There is a lot of practical advice about dealing with problems on the road such as straightening the front end after a collision, to replacing broken spokes.
The writing style, and clear illustrations, make it easy to read.
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By A Customer on August 10, 1998
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This is the best bicycle repair manual on the market. I have used an older version of this book many times and it has never let me down. Highly recommended for all bicycle enthusiasts.
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First of all, if you happen to have the author's "All-in-One Bike Repair Manual"(1996), you won't need this. They are about 95% identical, with the introduction of the V-brake (to the exclusion of the U-brake) being the only significant diffence.

Secondly, if you happen to have an old three-speed that you might want to refurbish, forget either of these books. In the earlier tome he was "sad to say" that he had to drop the three or four pages which would have to been added to address their unique needs, and in the current book, he does not mention them at all. However, if you can get a hold of an earlier version of the Everybody's Bike Book, you will learn all you need to know...

For all others who are not addressed above, I highly recommend this book. I have a first edition which is still my bible to the care and feeding of two-wheelers.
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This is a great book; it was the book that got me interested in working on my bicycle way back in the 70's. I love the drawings and the verbage. This is not the super-techincal book you buy for becoming the master mechanic on your highly-tuned road racing machine; ratherly, it's the book you have around to answer simple questions or to loan to some kid on the block to help them fix their bike. For that it's the best, somewhat like Mad Magazine meets the Zen of motorcycle maintenance.

Buy it, you'll like it.
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I've left Cuthbertson handy in my bathroom for the past 6 months. In that time, during spare moments, I've learned how almost everything on my bicycle works. It helped me immensely to break down the component groups into easily understood functions such as "drivetrain" -- and after all, why should understanding how a bicycle goes together be any more difficult than understanding how an internal combustion automobile goes together? When things get too ginchey, that seems to be the right spot for one of Morall's pen-and-ink sketches to show up. (My favorite is illustration 11-10, depicting the parts of a down-tube control lever, painstakingly sketched, and labeled as per the text as "thingamabob," "doodad," and "mounting bolt." ... Of course, the point was how fiendishly complicated such an arrangement can be.) The information is clearly presented, and differentiated among mountain, road, and "cruiser" bikes. I'll be moving the book down to my shop this week! :->
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This book has all of the information that I will probably ever need to keep my bike working in perfect condition. However, it has only a handful of "drawing"-type illustrations. I need lots of pictures in a how-to book...especially one that is so technical.
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This is my second copy of this great book.....lost the first one during moving. I am a returning cycler (Age 79) but remembered how informative and clearly written my first copy was. Cuthbertson knows whereof he speaks and more imptortantly knows how to teach others. In addition the drawings clearly show what the text is discussing. Great book, glad I replaced it! Money well spent.
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