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Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair [Paperback]

C. Calvin Jones
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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Park Tool Co. (Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976553007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976553007
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of cycle repair 27 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Thr best and most complete book on the mechanics of the humble bicycle.If you own a bike and want to maintain it yourself then this is a must for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bbb 1 review 27 Aug 2008
By frank
Format:Paperback
A very good book for the keen home mechanic.

Version 2 should cover more.

This is a good place to start if you are interested in bike mechanics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Feedback 10 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The person I bought the book for seemed to be delighted when he received his Christmas present, so can only make a judgement from his reaction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great... 12 Feb 2006
By David Grimm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a good book for the repair of bicycles. However, the writing tends to be sparse and direct. While this in its self is not bad, often more writing can help a less experienced reader in better conceptually understanding how the thing works. On the plus side, you will never have to guess which park tool to use as the author references each tool by name and part number.

As another reviewer mentioned, I feel that the Bicycling Mag/Todd Downs book is a better value. Downs has a casual writing style that makes the reading easy. He covers much more information including some history and the pros and cons of different types of conponets. This book includes both photos and drawings, while the Park book only uses photos. Drawings are a plus and they show views (sections or cut-a-ways) that are difficult to achieve using only photos.

I guess the best way to summarize the difference is to say that the Bicycling book is produced by a publishing company staffed with editors and artists. Their sole business is publishing, so they are experts in written communication. Park is a tool company and their manual reads as though it was written by people who make and use tools, i.e. machinists. That's not bad, it just results in a different style of book.

For me, I preferred the Bicycling book as I enjoyed the extra information. Both books seemed good on the technical info...
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in comparison 1 Oct 2005
By Ari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book aswell as Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair and although this book is o.k. the Bicycling magazine's one has more detailed information and is far less expensive. For the money and the reputation I really wanted this one to be better but alas it wasn't.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin Jones Knows his stuff 4 Sep 2005
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Prior to reading this book I knew absolutely nothing about the maintenance & repair of bicycles but as I just purchased a decent MTB I needed some sort of guide. Within an hour reading this book I discovered that my chain was too long, the rear derailleur housing cable was too short, my linear pull breaks were out of kilter and my front derailleur required some lateral adjustment - and this is a brand new bike!!

I found the book to read more like a novel than a technical manual and could not put it down. It is extremely well written, the examples are beautifully photographed and I would highly recommend this book to anybody who owns a bike in fact I would go as far as to say you can not do without this book. Even a complete novice like me now feels confident enough to carry out the above adjustments myself and lets face it some people might not want to trust their brand new pride of joy to some local bike shop that charges like a wounded bull.

As I get to feel more comfortable with doing my own maintenance and repairs this book will pay for itself over and over. Calvin Jones would have to be the authority on bicycle mechanics.

Highly recommended
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redefining DIY 5 Aug 2005
By B. Farrant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It seems like eons since such a comprehensive bicycle maintenance guide has been available for the DIY er. In the meantime technology has changed like never before.

Calvin's guide not only includes all the stuff DIY ers are struggling with today like chain and derailleur technology and of course disc brakes, but also a few we are yet to experience like cartridge wheel bearings. You may ask how he squeezed so much into 223 pages, all the servicing details for a wide range of makes and models, with lots of really clear pictures; plus a few for the more advanced mechanics, e.g. facing the fork crown race. To achive all this, the guide meshes with parktool.com and of course the various Park Tools, complete with their reference numbers.

Next time you are weighing up whether to send your bicycle in for repair or DIY, grab a copy of BBB-1, it might just change the way you think.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics and more 5 July 2006
By William M. Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to better understand my own bicycle and how to repair it. Not being a professional and being only a sometime rider, and also being one who likes to do his own work, I needed a book that would tell me what I needed to know. This book exceeded my expectations as it also shows the tools I need and how to use them. Very basic material but it doesn't pre-suppose and unlimited knowledge of bicycle mechanics as some articles and magazines do. Well worth the price.
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