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These following books are ones I personally have on my bookshelf.
Bicycle Repair Manual by Chris Sidewells.
2004 Dorling Kindersley (DK) Publishing. 160 pages. ISBN: 0756602955
Although not an in-depth manual, this is probably the
best book for beginners who want to learn the basics of bike repair. Its
small size makes it convenient to carry around. The succinct writing style
coupled with hundreds of color photographs and detailed computer-generated
diagrams makes for quick, information-absorbing reading.
This is a new publication (2004), and is up-to-date with
information on modern bicycles, including topics on different
types of suspensions. Coverage of "older" bicycle technology,
such as cantilever brakes, is just as complete. top of
Bicycle Repair Manual
Bicycling Magazine's Complete
Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes
by Jim Langley. 1999 Rodale Books. 351 Pages. ISBN: 1579540090
This book is slightly dated (1999) and the organization of information
could be somewhat improved. However, I like the fact that this book
goes a bit into theory -- i.e., it explain "why" something
works the way it does. For example, the discussion on gears is coupled
with tables and formulas to help you determine the best cassette or
freewheel for your particular needs. I found this quite helpful when tweaking
my bike for mountain touring.
All illustrations and photographs are in black and white, but because
this is a full-sized book, they are large and clear. top
Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
for Road and Mountain Bikes
The Haynes Bicycle Book
by Bob Henderson. 2001 Haynes Publications. 192 pages. ISBN: 1563924285.
This is a step-by-step repair and tune-up manual. Repair procedures are
clearly sequenced (1, 1a, 1b, 2, 2a, 2b, etc); each procedure
usually has a detailed and labeled color photograph (and there are
hundreds of all-color photographs in this manual). The book a bit dated
(2001), but it seems to cover most of the latest technologies, such
as disc brakes and hydraulic shocks. The troubleshooting tables are
very helpful. Please note: This is a practical, hands-on "how-to" book.
It is not a why-it-works theory book. top of page
The Haynes Bicycle Book
Bicycling Science: Third Edition
by David Gordon Wilson. 2004. The MIT Press. 480 pages. ISBN: 0262731541
The book, from the world-renowned engineering school MIT, begins with
the history of bicycles and separates facts from myth. It goes on to discuss
such topics as human-power generation, bicycle physics and concludes with
extensive coverage of all human-powered machines.
This is a highly technical book, often using mathematical formulas, graphs,
charts and technical drawings. However, this is not a university-level
textbook. If you are technically curious and took high-school algebra,
this book will help you learn bicycling science. It is an excellent educational
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Bicycling Science: Third Edition
Barnett's Manual: Analysis and
Procedures for Bicycle Mechanics by John Barnett. 2003/2004 VeloPress;
5th edition. 1080 pages ISBN: 1931382298.
I can confirm what others commenters have noted on Amazon: if you really
want to know the in's and out's bicycle mechanics, this is the reference,
containing over 1000 pages. This is not an inexpensive book. But consider
it an investment. By doing it yourself, instead of paying a bike shop
to do it for you, it can pay for itself many times over.
Here is Amazon's description:
Barnett's Manual has become the industry standard, demystifying every
aspect of bicycle repair by emphasizing detail, logic, and measurement.
The manual, published in four volumes and printed on perforated, grease-resistant
paper, can be used by both bike mechanics and the serious DIY-er. Each
chapter is structured logically for maximum use: terminology, reasons
for service, prerequisites, tool choices, anticipation of complications,
fits and dimensions, service procedures, and troubleshooting. Extensive
reference information minimizes the need to cross-reference to other sources
when solving a repair problem, and the drawings on nearly every page help
explain each procedure. This new, updated edition of the bible of bicycle
repair also includes more than 1,000 clear and detailed drawings illustrating
each procedure. top of page
Barnett's Manual: Analysis and Procedures for Bicycle Mechanics
Zinn and the Art of Road Bike
Maintenance by Lennard Zinn, Todd Telander, Jonathan Vaughters.
2000 VeloPress. 284 pages. ISBN: 1884737706.
This book, along with Zinn
and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, Third Edition and several
others, was written by someone who actually builds
bicycles for a living.
This is a fun book! The maintenance procedures are written in a very down-to-earth,
often entertaining style, which is important because bike repair can initially
be intimidating. Zinn explains difficult concepts even novices can understand,
using well-organized procedures and illustrations.
This book is one of the best-rated bike maintenance books on Amazon.com.
Get either the Road or Mountain Bike book based on the type you have.
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Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
Camping and Touring
Ken Kifer's Bike
Pages: A well-organized, educational and comprehensive web site from
an experienced, long-time biker. Ken was, unfortunately, killed on his
bicycle by a drunk driver in 2003.
Paul Dorn's Bike
Commuting Tips: Lot's of real-world tips from a fellow Californian
and serious commuter.
International Human Powered Vehicle
Association: an association of national associations and organizations,
dedicated to promoting improvement, innovation and creativity in the use
of human power, especially in the design and development of human-powered
Probicycle: A bicycle advocacy group
with a simple message: "Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation
on every road, just as do all other users. Nothing more is expected. Nothing
less is acceptable."
Repair, Maintenance and Helpful Tips
Jim Langley's Bike
Site: Bicycling magazine contributor and former professor of bicycle
maintenance at University of California at Santa Cruz, Jim Langley, has
put together a very comprehensive web site. There is lots of tips and
how-to's, complete with color photos illustrating myriad procedures.
Park Tool, probably the most reputable manufacturer of bike tools, has
an excellent repair and maintenance section featuring a unique Bike
Repair Map. Please note: Their instructional procedures are based
on using specific Park Tools.
Sheldon Brown's classic
site. Sheldon's articles and tips cover practically every aspect of
bicycle maintenance The Glossary is indispensable.
League of American
Icebike: a site created and
maintained by winter and cold-weather cyclists. As a former Ohioan --
and winter bike rider -- I can identify with these brave souls!
- "Bicycle Info
- DISRAELI GEARS--A derailleur collection
- Panasonic bicycle museum
- Schwinn bicycles (vintage / classic)
- bikecatalogs.org -- Catalogs
by Make (Schwinn; Raleigh)
- bicyclepointofview.blogspot.com -- Schwinn
- GEBLA bicycle -- precision frames
- Fuji bicycle -- (Hybrid, Lifestyle
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Parts and Supplies
Here are vendor links for various parts and accessories recommended
on this web site: Note: The vendors recommended on this site have earned a reputation
for carrying quality bicycle components and accessories...all at a reasonable
cost. Some vendors were also chosen based on their independent support of
environmental and/or humanitarian causes through philanthropy. Most of the
parts and accessories on my bicycles were purchased from these vendors.
First Aid Kit
Alien II Multi-Tool
Bell Metro Cycling Helmet (features non-aggressive commuter styling)