Usefulness of bicycle maintainence books?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by TheDL, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. TheDL

    TheDL New Member

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    I'm going to be installing an, ISIS bottom bracket, crank, both derailluers, and SPD-SL pedals...I've never really installed anything before on a bike but I think I'm just as mechanically inclined as the next guy (I've done my own basic auto maintence for years). Do you guys think that I can tackle this myself with the mfg provided instuctions? Would a book be helpfull? or should I not kid myself and take it all in to an LBS to have it done?

    of course I'll aquire the proper tools for all these jobs before attempting them.
     
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  2. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Instructions are usually good enough,especailly shimano's. www.parktool.com has lots of free how to in the repair section.
     
  3. TheDL

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    Thanks. In the long run it would serve me best to learn all this myself I'm sure.
     
  4. eric_the_red

    eric_the_red New Member

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    If you do your own auto maintenance then you'll probably find working on a bike no problem. Usually the biggest problem is adjusting derailleurs. Like boudreaux said Shimano's instructions are pretty good. You might also check out Sheldon Brown's website, http://www.sheldonbrown.com/articles.html.
     
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    I have been to the listed web sites, and found them good. But my long-standing noise problem in my rear derailer was not solved until I bought " Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance”. My book from Bicycling is now a paper weight!

    If you are going to wrench, Zinn’s book is tops :p
     
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