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Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance

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You only need one look inside to see why Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has become one of the world's best-selling books on bike repair. This smartly organized and clearly illustrated guide to road bike repair and maintenance—now in 2 colors for easier reference—can make a mechanic out of anyone. Lennard Zinn's expert advice makes quick work of taking care of ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Velo Press (first published 2000)
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Christina
Because looking at sexy road bikes and road bike parts is porn.
James Paden
Nov 12, 2015 James Paden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've struggled a long time with maintaining my road bike. Youtube videos don't have enough detail and I hate watching a 20-minute video to answer just one question. Google searches return confusing results. This book has answered every question I have so far and has done it in seconds.
Kate
Mar 23, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biking
"Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."

"Never mistake motion for action." --E.H.
Thomas Delaney
Mar 26, 2013 Thomas Delaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I didn't read this book in its entirety, I will say this book is a godsend for people who bike and want to learn about bikes. Zinn explains every task you can think of, many of which I wasn't aware of or did not need to know about. It really is about "road" bike maintenance. This book can help you regardless of your ride, but if you use a road bike you can get alot more from reading Zinn. There is no way you will read through this once, or 100 times, and get everything you need out of i ...more
J.T.
Oct 13, 2015 J.T. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The 2000 edition felt extremely dated. It's interesting to learn about the changes in bicycle components over the past 20 or 30 years however, mixing history and practical step by step instruction just made certain sections feel muddled. Illustrations were hand drawn and not very clear. Really would like to find a good comprehensive guide that covers as much as possible, within reason - this doesn't seem to be it for me. It's funny how practical YouTube videos are for subjects like this!
Molly
Dec 28, 2007 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will never, never be the type to do my own repairs. It took me an hour an a half to fix my flat tire last month. How embarrassing. But, if I were the type - this book would be really helpful.

Leif, you want this book?

Emily
Sep 16, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Not at all interested in bike maintenance, but this book is great for the novice or expert biker. He also makes some good arguments in the beginning about why you need to be able to do basic maintenance on your bike if you ride!
Dave Reed
Jun 21, 2010 Dave Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the everyman's bible to road bike repair and maintenance and must read for anyone wanting to get into bicycle wrenching. Although some of the sections are a little out-of-date by today's road bike standards, overall it is an absolute great guide!
Joseph
Jul 12, 2007 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bike nerds
Describing mechanical adjustments of simple, yet elegant mid-eighties bike parts appears to be a gift that comes naturally to Zinn. His instructions for adjusting cup and cone style bearings make the process easy.
Joe
Dec 12, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent diagrams, nothing on disc or v-brakes though.
Phil Baier
Aug 17, 2009 Phil Baier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book on bikes! Whoop!
Bill
Jul 04, 2010 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear and practical
Elly
Oct 21, 2007 Elly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Working on my bike used to make me cry. Now it doesn't. Best book ever.
Brian
Apr 03, 2008 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bikes
good info, but not nearly enough pictures to adequately illustrate what is being explained.
Joe
Aug 07, 2011 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not so much "already read" as "often referred to". This book has become my go-to when I need to know such things as the torque rating for my chainring allen bolts. A great reference..
Justin
Dec 04, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for me this is essential reading. a few really great tips and a lot of right on knowledge.
Mikey
Jun 24, 2009 Mikey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only book you will need to learn how to fix all road bikes. Execelent diagrams.
Shayne
May 15, 2015 Shayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-book
Huge book, full of good pictures and reference. Would check out to do something complicated to my bike.
Drew
Feb 10, 2013 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything the aspiring bike mechanic needs.
Theodore Starks
Feb 07, 2008 Theodore Starks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
helpful

Andy
Aug 01, 2007 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent directions and illustrations. Everything you would want to know about fixing and repairing your road bike is in this book.
Ann
Oct 23, 2007 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ok book, but the diagrams are disappointingly unclear.
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