- Ring-bound: 613 pages
- Publisher: Sutherland Pubns; 6 edition (May 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091457809X
- ISBN-13: 978-0914578093
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 3.2 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,244,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sutherland's Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics 6th Edition
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As a list of standards this book dispelled the darkness of an unwritten oral tradition passed down from from Father to son and shown like a morning sun to become the golden standard by which all others must be judged. Bicycle repair before Sutherland's was a state of confusion and even learning the different standards was a big part of a bicycle mechanic's apprenticeship. Good mechanics could recite 6 different spoke lengths: 3X & 4X wheels on hi & lo flange hubs for 27" & 700C. There were a couple of different seat-post sizes but you weren't surprised to find one you hadn't seen before. Wonder what size seat-post any bike has? After Sutherland's appeared all you had to do was turn to the page of seat-posts to turn on the lights.
Using the famous Campagnolo Tool Kit used for prepping a frame used to be the difference between a finishing technician in a pro-shop whose job it was to set-up people's dream bikes and a garden-variety mechanic who had more in common with a blacksmith. However, it is not obvious how to use all the tools in a Campagnolo Tool Kit and because it did not come with a set of instructions you had to be shown by someone who knew. This meant you had to work in a shop that had a Campagnolo Tool Kit and it was the final part of your apprenticeship in learning to prep and check the alignment of frames. While not many were so lucky Sutherland's has a chapter with photographs that shows you how to use a Campi Tool Kit to prep a frame. However, the most useful section was the spoke length tables. Though spoke length calculators have replaced looking at charts this book has an alternative to having a computer. Whenever I need to look up a spoke length I consult my handy copy of Sutherland's. Though I generally tend to avoid a computer monitor to look up spoke lengths, I have not used the CD that is available and cannot comment on it.
Sutherland's Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics are no longer being updated. Not having spoke length tables for the low-spoke-count high-tension wheels that are becoming more common and there are no guidelines for hydraulic or disc brakes and the bottom bracket section does not include ISIS bottom-brackets. So while an apprenticeship is how you have to learn about modern equipment this book is the bible for bicycle part interchangeability before 2007.