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The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair: For Road and Mountain Bikes

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This revised, updated, expanded fifth edition is indispensable-with all the latest models, parts, and repair techniques, and terrific money-saving tips to keep any ride in tip-top shape
Since its first publication, Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair has sold over 400,000 copies. The fifth edition is guaranteed to remain the category killer
Paperback, Revised, Expanded, Fifth Edition, 384 pages
Published March 16th 2005 by Rodale Books (first published 2005)
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I didn't rate this one because it's like a beginner trying to rate a detailed chef's manual. I'm glad I checked the library before the bookstore because although this is a very detailed and informative book, it's not what I needed. I should have realized this early on, when there were apparently 30 or so "required" tools for bike maintenance. It's a wonder my previous bike was still going strong after 7 years where "maintenance" meant pumping up the tires, oiling the chain, wiping it down to get ...more
This is a complete manual to bike maintenance and repair by Todd Downs, meant to cover the needs of road bike, mountain bike and triathlon/time trial bike owners. The sixth edition, which I purchased, is divided into 17 chapters each dealing with a set of components: headsets, brakes, saddles & seatposts, pedals, etc. Within each chapter, there is an introductory portion describing the general working of the part in question, followed by how-tos for common repair tasks. These how-tos are div ...more
I thought this book was very interesting. It explains everything about bike maintenance in detail in a way that is fairly easy to understand. It also goes into how the geometry of your bike, like head and fork angle affect the overall ride and feel of your bike. It explain everything from a simple chain cleaning to replacing and cleaning your front and rear suspension on a mountain bike. Overall a very helpful resource for bike maintenance.
May 28, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
I ride to and from work everyday on a dual-suspension mountain bike; currently its in the shop for its annual tune-up. Every year I ignore all the little things that go wrong for as long as I can, then I pay someone else to fix it up. My goal this summer is to learn how to keep my bike in communting condition myself. So far I've only used the book to adjust my front derailers and figure out how to detatch the back brakes, but it looks great - lots of pictures detailing almost every action make f ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Danno rated it it was amazing
Hands-down the best bicycle maintenance manual on the market. When I first became a bicycle mechanic this was given to me by the shop. It's indispensable go to guide whatever you're looking to do a tuneup or adjustment you haven't done in a while.very easy to understand language in excellent illustrations. I've purchased additional copies for various friends over the years. Whether you're a daily commuter a racer or a tinker you would learn so much from this book.
John Lee
Mar 20, 2014 John Lee rated it really liked it
I own this edition and a much older one, too. The older one got used so much that it's falling apart. I personally think this book is a must-have, especially if you want to do your own repairs and maintenance. With a book like this, many repairs and upgrades are possible without having to take your bike to the shop. Without a book like this, almost any do-it-yourself job can quickly turn into a very expensive mistake.
Stephen Smith
Sep 03, 2015 Stephen Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with tons of information. If you are wanting to make some minor fixes to you bike it is worth getting so you don't have to keep getting your computer or laptop dirty looking up how to fix a derailleur.
Sep 02, 2014 Cloay marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, science, nlb-sg
- available in SG NLB 629.28772 (ToaPayoh)
Oct 28, 2014 Eddie rated it it was ok
More pictures!!!!!!!
Feb 06, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, fitness
My wife gave me this one when I was doing triathlons, and doing a bunch of work on my bike. I guess I dream of trying to reduce my carbon footprint has me deeply in love with bikes and since they are so much easier to work on than cars I have always wanted to learn to do all the repairs. I dream of trying to build a bike from scratch, and so This book is going to come in rather handy.
May 29, 2007 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, bicycles
Not intrinsically interesting, but very useful. Nice clear pictures, good step-by-step instructions. Occasionally I run across a component that isn't covered in this manual (rollercam breaks, for example), but it's pretty good at covering most repairs/adjustments.
Jun 05, 2010 Leifer rated it liked it
I keep looking for a book on bikes that is easy to follow and non-geeky. No luck yet. What i really want to find is a book on vintage road bikes, since that's what i'm into. This one was more how to pimp out your totally pimping $5000 bike. Not me so much.
Jason gan
Aug 07, 2007 Jason gan rated it really liked it
good to have... i learned better repair tricks to keep from being stranded on the road side.
Ballan Campeau
Mar 10, 2012 Ballan Campeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Describes and documents steps in maintaining and repairing bicycles. Photos and text is very helpful. Of course YouTube is great also.
Mark Heeyeaah
Jun 04, 2008 Mark Heeyeaah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bicycle enthusiasts
Great book for the shade-tree bike mechanic. Pictures and step-by-step make full disassembly easy.
Aug 14, 2009 Risa rated it really liked it
Shelves: livebikework-com
this and Zinn are the standards for bike geeks everywhere.
Dec 16, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it
Lots of good information, ranging from broad overviews to specific nitty gritty. Has done a lot to expand my understanding of the technical/mechanical aspects of cycling, and will undoubtedly be something I refer back to frequently when doing maintenance or purchasing new parts in the future.
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