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The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes Paperback – September 28, 2010
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TODD DOWNS has been a self-taught, full-time wrench since 1989. Downs has been published in Dirt Rag magazine. He lives in Austin, TX.
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This book is a waste of money. All the information contained in this book can be had on the internet, specifically parktool.com and youtube videos. I thought this would add something about and beyond what the internet provides, sadly I was mistaken.
Bottom line, if you want some basic knowledge grab this book, but even doing simple tasks on your bike this book won't be of help and you will find yourself looking to the internet for more help or your LBS.
if you are a professional and familiar with bike repair, then this book probably makes sense, but then, do you really need this book?
otherwise if you are like me, with very limited technical knowledge, you are better off with something more basic and/or better explained with helpful graphics.
I still use Park Tool's website, Sheldon Brown's website, and youtube videos, but having this right there at my bike is a great help. Between those resources I eventually get everything figured out. I'm saving way more money than this book costs in repair and service charges already.
Be that as it may, the proofreading for this Kindle edition (maybe even the printed ed.) is far inferior. I started to make "notes" to try to explain (to myself & others) that 181/4" actually means 18x1/4" or eighteen 1/4 inch ball bearings, rather than 181/4", which would be about 45.25". Sloppiness like that may be forgivable in a romance paperback, but it makes life difficult when trying to understand a repair manual.
Yes, I can make allowances for missing "spaces", and I have... but, I don't like it, especially when they happen as often as they do in this manual. I gave up "making notes". As I suggested, this is just sloppy editing. I'm pretty sure that there is "NO EDITING" in this day and age, as we all fall into the morass of "blogging", "texting", and "Instant Messaging" with their attendant shortened (mis)spellings and general lack of grammar and punctuation. That's all cool, especially the entertaining abbreviations like IMHO, ROTFLMAO, etc., but it does not belong in a repair manual. But, I digress.
Standard Disclaimers Apply; I haven't read the whole manual, but I am, so far, disappointed in its lack of professionalism. The author may know how to wrench on a bike (He seems to "know his stuff"), but he ain't no Shakespeare (bad analogy... I can't understand Shakespeare, either). You need to know that this is a poorly edited manual with many "typos" and other problems. Is it worth $10? We-e-l-l-l... I kinda' agree with the reviewer that said you can get better info online... for free... but be careful... you can get much worse info online, too. I like Sheldon Brown's website [...], too, though it's a bit difficult to find what you want there. Wha-a-a-t? Vietnamese women? WTF?
Lor'nce (aka Buellist, aka Konservativ Anarkist)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information - if you want to maintain you bike this will help a lot.Published 16 days ago by Greg Trim
Somewhat verbose theory chapters and illustrations are not generally on-page with text until further implementation sections. A worthwhile read and maintenance companion !Published 24 days ago by Rialbo
A different approach to wrenching. Aimed more at the home mechanic, but does not leave out details that matter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kevindsingleton
I have been reading different things in this book. For a beginner, it is the best thing. Great book for the price.Published 1 month ago by Candy
The product(s) arrived on time, as described by Amazon & manufacturer, it was shipped without issue, arrived within prescribed estimates, the packaging was undamaged, and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer, Paul
The book is very informative. But I never use it. Obviously it's too heavy to pack on the bike, and when I need to look something up, I find myself cheating with Google. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AMZD
Great book to keep around for a reference, excellent layout, photos are clear and concise. I picked up an older version from my local library and saw it was so good that I wanted... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen Laird
This book has all of the things I need to know in order to keep our bicycles in great working order.Published 6 months ago by Heaven Bound Thanks to Jesus Christ