- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Velo Press; Subsequent edition (September 9, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884737994
- ISBN-13: 978-1884737992
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 256 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, Third Edition Paperback – September 9, 2001
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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
Descriptions are usually pretty clear and the illustrations are well selected. More would always be nice but then it would be an even thicker book and probably cost twice as much.
If you're not collecting obscure bikes, this book and a decent set of tools should be more than most people need.
The book was also good for brake and shifter adjustments, though I am still having trouble getting the front derailleur properly calibrated. The book helped me prevent the bike from shifting the chain off the gears, but so far I still have a slow response to a down-shift.