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Hi all,

About 30 years ago I used to repair my own bike and the bikes of others (my first teenage job), but things have changed a good bit since then and I think I need an update. Could folks recommend a bike repair book (or books) that covers repairs. For those who don't know me, I'm a road bike rider.

Thanks in advance for the help!


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An anonymous cow! (Christian Edstrom) (not verified)

The Rob van der Plas manuals are pretty decent, if you're looking for a single-volume paperback manual. They do presume that you have some familiarity with the overall systems used to operate a bicycle. http://www.cyclepublishing.com/cyclingbooks/brss.html There is also a mountain bike specific one.

Also, the Park Tool website has excellent step-by-step instructions for most repair and replace jobs. http://www.parktool.com/repair/

If you want the ne plus ultra of bicycle repair books, you want the Barnett's Manual (http://www.bbinstitute.com/manual.htm) which is $115 for hardcopy and $85 for download. It includes everything from replacing a brake cable to rebuilding a Sturmey Archer AW-3 to repairing hydraulic brake systems to overhauling cup and cone bottom brackets and hubs. I don't need to reference mine all that often, but when I do, it's indispensable.

- Christian

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Tony Rentschler (not verified)
Zinn books, too

Lennard Zinn, who builds frames and writes technical articles for Velo News, has books on road and MTB bike repair. I have both and can recommend them:


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Neile (not verified)
Shimano service manual downloads:
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Jay (not verified)
three more suggestions

bike repair chapters in these books:

Complete Bike Book Chris Sidwell
Bicycling For Dummies Allen St. John
Effective Cycling John Forester

These chapters are pretty clear but I'll never be a bike techie

-Jay, the bike librarian

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Jay (not verified)
"""Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair"" by Park Tool USA"


www.parktool.com/bbb1 ""They wrote the book on bicycle repair!"""

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