Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
From shifters to derailleurs, pedals to handlebars, this book covers every component of a road bike. It helps new bike owners tackle simple to advanced projects, listing the tools needed, explaining bike components, and demonstrating with detailed illustrations how to work on each part.Lennard Zinn is a cycling god. Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is revered as a bible among the fat-tire set; he now extends the gospel to the rest of the cycling faithful in Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.
From simple, routine maintenance to more complicated tasks, Zinn remains “convinced that anyone with an opposable thumb can perform any repair on a bike.” He begins with “Basic Stuff” such as pre-ride inspections and cleaning the drive train, and continues on through the super-advanced task of wheel building–arguing that “the construction of a good set of bicycle wheels is actually a straightforward task.” Zinn guides readers step by step through every possible repair on every possible part, handlebar grips to Maric Mektronic electronic shifting, with plain-speaking text and helpful illustrations. There’s even a section on emergency repairs, including unexpected advice such as straightening a bent rim by hitting it against the ground: “You may be surprised how straight you can get a wheel this way.”
This comprehensive manual is essential reading for those who love their bike. “All you have to do is follow the instructions and trust yourself.” Indeed. –M. Stein