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I am not a mechanically gifted person. I can basic things like fix a flat and I really don't want to change that. You won't see me building a bike from scratch any time soon.
However, there are times when I think that a little more handiness with tools might help. For example, when I get up in the morning and discover that the pothole I hit yesterday really put my wheel out of true. it would be nice to be able to fix that rather than having to head to the gym. Or adjusting a break which is rubbing because it got conked when loading the car. Simple things.
any suggestions about where to start?

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Carol (not verified)

"Bicycling Magazine's ""Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair"" or ""Richards' Bicycle Repair Manual"" by Richard Ballantine and Richard Grant. (The copies I have of each are somewhat old - don't know if they've been updated or are still in print.)

Also, Bicycle Habitat does bike maintenance classes."

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Evan Marks (not verified)
Truing a wheel is more than just a repair...

"'s an art.

Check - search for ""bicycle maintenance."" Both books Carol mentions are still in print and there are quite a few others too. Read the reviews before you buy - some of them are quite mixed. I have an old edition of the Bicycling Magazine book but it wouldn't be my first choice today.

FYI, both Specialized Bikes ( and the Barnett Bike Institute ( put up a different chapter of the Barnett Manual on their websites every month or so - not the latest edition but comprehensive ... and free.


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John Herman (not verified)
Bike Repair Book

I was advised to buy Zinn and the Art of Bycycle Maintenance. I've read through it a bit and found it easy to understand. The one time I needed to adjust my gears, which I had mal-adjusted, I followed his directions and it was perfect.

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Eloy Anzola (not verified)
Park Tool Website

Check out the Park Tool website. It has a whole section on Bike Repair.

Very informative:

hope it helps

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
Also try Anybody's Bike Book

Anybody's Bike Book by Tom Cuthbertson is also pretty good for a lot of general repairs. It was recommended to me this year by club member and A19 SIG captain Dr Ed Fishkin, who also happens to be a first class bike mechaninc, having built several of his own bikes, if not all of them.

I've been using this book since April and have used it on a few occasions to make successful minor brake and gear adjustments, that would otherwise have resulted in a trip to the bike shop.

There is a chapter on wheels, which will give you good advice on getting a wheel good enough to ride home after an incident, but wheel-building is quite an art, not to be underestimated. There is quite a difference in getting a wheel good enough to ride home with, as opposed to truing a perfect wheel, which probably requires some expert tuition and some reading of books specifically on the subject. You should read something good on wheel building before even attempting to get a wheel good enough to ride home on.

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Adam Jacobson (not verified)

Thanks for all your suggestions. I ordered a couple of them from Amazon. We'll see how it goes.

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