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Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance Paperback – November 1, 2010
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"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." --Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist, U.S. Pro champion, and Tour de France stage winner
"Understanding the mechanics of your bike, knowing how to adjust it to suit your riding style, and knowing how to keep it running smoothly are essential to your mountain biking performance. Nobody teaches these skills better than the famous artiste "Leonardo da Zinnski." --Ned Overend, World and National Mountain Bike Champion
"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
"Regardless of your skill level, this book is a great manual to have on hand. In its 5th edition, Zinn adds to an already impressive knowledge base, keeping things up-to-date with current innovations and tools. It doesn't spend all of its 464 pages going over installation and maintenance procedures; there are also a lot of useful tips and tricks." -- Adventure Cycling magazine
"Zinn is very good at taking you incrementally through the learning process--whether you are a beginner or expert mechanic." -- Out There Monthly magazine
"This book almost rates along with those ‘missing manuals' that exist for computer software. When was the last time the manual that came with your bike bore any relation to it? Exactly. You could barely buy a decent tire for the price of this book and that should be justification enough." -- TheWashingMachinePost.net
"Simple to reaad 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 5th edition contains details on bike technology introduced since 2005. Includes sections on belt drives and internal gear hubs, which are completely ignored in almost ever other general audience repair book." -- Cyclelicio.us
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Understanding the mechanics of your bike, knowing how to adjust it to suit your riding style, and knowing how to keep it running smoothly are essential to your mountain biking performance. Nobody teaches these skills better than the famous artiste "Leonardo da Zinnski." --Ned Overend, World and National Mountain Bike Champion
NOBODY COVERS BIKES LIKE ZINN
"Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance" is the world's bestselling book on mountain bike care and repair for good reason: it covers everything you need to know about your mountain bike in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format.
Whether you are an enthusiastic novice or an experienced old hand, you will find complete instructions for basic and advanced repairs, accompanied by hundreds of illustrations, exploded views of how parts go together, time-saving tips, and smart recommendations from Lennard Zinn, America's leading expert on bikes and bike gear.
- Simple instructions for regular maintenance
- How to choose a bike, including fitting and sizing
- Full coverage of cross-country, hardtail, full suspension, downhill, and hybrid bikes old and new
- Integrated-spindle cranks, clipless pedals, suspension forks, internal headsets, hydraulic brakes, hub and cassette overhaul, and much more
- Problem-solving for frozen parts, stripped threads, missing pieces
- Pro Tips to speed your work
All about wheels:
- Tubeless tires, sealant systems, flat repair, tire sizing and choice
- Wheelbuilding and general wheel maintenance and repair
The latest and greatest:
- The newest components including BB30, BB92, PF24 cranksets, inertial valve suspension forks, air sleeve rear shocks
The most complete reference available:
- Glossary of bike terms, specifications for bolt tightening, gear chart for 26- and 29-inch wheels, 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 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.
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His book covers all the basics from purchasing the right tools to basic maintenance to emergency repairs. (I like his recommended tool lists more than those covered at the Park Tools website or the lists compiled by United Bicycle Institute) He also covers roughly 99% or more of the repair procedures that any home mechanic might need to attempt. The book even covers wheel building (which bike purists would say is holy ground), frame alignment, proper rider fit and has a decent set of torque tables. The repair procedures are broken down by difficulty in each chapter into Levels I, II and III. For example, a Level I repair would entail a procedure that a newbie mechanic could tackle (like changing a tire or adjusting a seatpost), a Level II would be something more for the home mechanic with some experience (like installing a new front derailleur) and a Level III repair would be for the advanced home mechanic or shop guru (like facing a bottom bracket).
There are a few areas where Zinn does not go into much detail, but these tend to be rare topics that even the experienced shop mechanic is probably only going to see a few times a year. Perhaps the only weakness of the book is that for a few of the more detailed procedures, some more photos or diagrams would be helpful. For myself, I was fine with the amount of diagrams but I can see where a newer home mechanic might appreciate it. I am also glad he tends to update this work about once every three to five years. Will be waiting for the next release, and a great guide for more than 99% of home mechanics. Five stars
So far, I've found only one statement in the 5th edition (c. 2010) that is clearly both nonsensical and a fallacy. Chapter 14, page 367:
"Damping is speed sensitive. Don't worry about settings that feel good at low speeds being too light for high speeds; the shock will get stiffer as you hit things faster."
This sentence was within the context of a discussion about rebound damping. First off, the author must have meant "resistive" where he instead printed "light", because otherwise it is inconsistent with his point. However, his point is completely untrue anyway. My explanatory response to his statement: No! Damper oil is a Newtonian fluid. Unlike a mixture of cornstarch and water, it is NOT shear rate thickening, and therefore a hydraulic rebound damper does NOT behave as the author has described here.
Hopefully Mr.Zinn will correct that error in a future revised edition of his book.
Overall, I'm sure this is good for more bike-technical folks. I'm probably just too new to the game to get the most out of it.
If you're not collecting obscure bikes, this book and a decent set of tools should be more than most people need.
However, as a new mountain biker I found it to be a bit advanced. Will exchange for a more "basic" repair guide, and something with pictures instead of line art. Once I get the bare bones basics down, I'll graduate to this book.