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Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
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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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.
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
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!
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!
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 Although some of the sections are a little out-of-date by today's road bike standards, overall it is an absolute great guide!
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.
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