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  1. Just Zis Guy

    Just Zis Guy Guest

    Father-in-law's birthday approaches, and I have a short list of possible small gifties (yes, I know
    I should have bought at the York rally but I was too busy riding the awesome Trice Meteor):

    Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    the flesh?

    Guy
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  2. Andy P

    Andy P Guest

    "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    > the flesh?

    I think both of them are in our library. Certainly the Haynes one and some book with Richards in the
    title. I thought the Haynes one was good.
     
  3. Garry Broad

    Garry Broad Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 18:38:36 +0100, "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Father-in-law's birthday approaches, and I have a short list of possible small gifties (yes, I know
    >I should have bought at the York rally but I was too busy riding the awesome Trice Meteor):
    >
    >Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    >the flesh?

    I have a 1994 edition of The Bike Book that a mate bought at a boot sale. To be honest, I never use
    it, but it's nicely laid out, with loads of good photographs to illustrate all the sections - in
    fact it's *very* pictoral. It definitely has a kind of 'beginners' feel to it, but I'd say it is
    very good.

    I'm assuming it's the same Haynes that publish the car mechanic manuals. I've always found these
    very good too, so no reason not to think that the Bike Book is any less in standard..

    GarryB

    >Guy
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    >notice: ADSL service in process of transfer to a new ISP. Obviously there will be a week of
    >downtime between the engineer removing the BT service and the same engineer connecting the same
    >equipment on the same line in the same exchange and billing it to the new ISP.
     
  4. Penny

    Penny Guest

    "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    > the flesh?

    Your really don't care about this man, do you Guy? Shame. Penny G
     
  5. Just Zis Guy

    Just Zis Guy Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 19:13:58 +0000 (UTC), "Penny" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Your really don't care about this man, do you Guy? Shame.

    Eh? Where does that come from?

    Guy
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    between the engineer removing the BT service and the same engineer connecting the same equipment on
    the same line in the same exchange and billing it to the new ISP.
     
  6. Congokid

    Congokid Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, "Just zis Guy, you know?"
    <[email protected]> writes
    >On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 19:13:58 +0000 (UTC), "Penny" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Your really don't care about this man, do you Guy? Shame.
    >
    >Eh? Where does that come from?

    If you really cared, you'd have bought him free bike services and batteries at his LBS for a year??

    --
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  7. Martinroyce

    Martinroyce Guest

    > Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    > the flesh?

    Given that I fully advocate learning to do stuff youself. The haynes bike book is superb, easy to
    follow very explanative & good value to boot. It has recently been revised to a 2003 edition
    http://www.haynes.co.uk/inc/viewbook.asp?bt=H4000 don't buy of Amazon as they don't acknowledge an
    edition later than 1995 & given advances recently & all that. OK so he may not have a front shock or
    disk brake now but he might do some day & it covers virtualy every style of major compnent I've ever
    seen. Cya Mart..
     
  8. Sam Huby

    Sam Huby Guest

    I had Richards Bicycle Book as a youth - inspiring, practical and a good read. Haven't read any of
    the more recent ones. More recently I've bought, and used Zinn and the Art of Road/Mountain Bike
    Maintenance. Both very good, but don't buy both - lots of the info is repeated.

    Sam

    On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 18:38:36 +0100, "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Father-in-law's birthday approaches, and I have a short list of possible small gifties (yes, I know
    >I should have bought at the York rally but I was too busy riding the awesome Trice Meteor):
    >
    >Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    >the flesh?
    >
    >Guy
    >===
    >** WARNING ** This posting may contain traces of irony. http://www.chapmancentral.com Advance
    >notice: ADSL service in process of transfer to a new ISP. Obviously there will be a week of
    >downtime between the engineer removing the BT service and the same engineer connecting the same
    >equipment on the same line in the same exchange and billing it to the new ISP.
     
  9. Jim Price

    Jim Price Guest

    martinroyce wrote:
    >>Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    >>the flesh?

    I have a copy of the Haynes book from a few years ago.

    > Given that I fully advocate learning to do stuff youself. The haynes bike book is superb, easy to
    > follow very explanative & good value to boot. It has recently been revised to a 2003 edition

    I'd lean towards whichever book has the more recent edition (sounds like the Haynes book at the
    moment), or the more radical approach of getting him and internet account and pointing him at
    www.sheldonbrown.com. This could be rather more expensive...

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    Jim Price

    http://www.jimprice.dsl.pipex.com

    Conscientious objection is hard work in an economic war.

    Aye!.
     
  10. Tony R

    Tony R Guest

    "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Father-in-law's birthday approaches, and I have a short list of possible small gifties (yes, I
    > know I should have bought at the York rally but I was too busy riding the awesome Trice Meteor):
    >
    > Haynes bike book, or Richards' (sic) Bicycle Repair Manual. Which is better? Who's seen either in
    > the flesh?
    >
    > Guy
    > ===

    I happen to have both in front of me right now. My Richards' (there are two of them - Richards that
    is) is a 1994 edition I bought when first attempting basic maintenance. The Haynes I got when first
    attempting a full strip down and overhaul. It has more pictures, details and certainly inspired more
    confidence in this beginner. The new edition covers V brakes, suspension forks and so on but if the
    birthday boy is on an older bike the old edition would be fine, I'd say. I haven't seen a newer
    edition of the Richards'. tony R.
     
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