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The Bike Book [Hardcover]

Fred Milson
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28 Mar 2003
A complete bicycle maintenance guide, this book has been updated to cover the changes in frame design and materials since the previous edition. Lesser changes like the "Aheadset" and "Hiddenset" headsets and front-loading stems are also covered. In addition, there is more about Shimano and Campagnolo combines gear and brake levers for sports bikes. Full of practical information and handy tips covering almost every bike built since 1970, the book gives any rider the confidence and knowledge required to tackle regular maintenance, repairs and major overhauls.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844250008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844250004
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fred Milson is an all-rounder with books, scripts and radio work on cars and household DIY to his credit. But his first love is bikes, including a lone trip to Instanbul and the daily battle of cycling in and around London.

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220 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. Worth adding to the book shelf 17 Mar 2004
The pictures are large in colour and accurate (nice close-ups). There are decent technical cutaways diagrams when required. The details cover the aspects of common modern bikes. This includes things like elastomer forks as well as newer oil forks and air (although it is a bit vague on air forks). I found the sections on derailleur adjustments and wheel bearing replacements to be very good, as these are the things I do on a regular basis. I also have "zinn and the art of mountain bike maintenance" which seems to get a lot of 5* reviews, but in my honest opinion, this book is better as it covers a smaller more popular range of components (maybe more UK specific?) The text is also more precise and the diagrams clearer. If you are concerned I would check them out first in a bookshop as they are two totally different books, but if you do decide buy this I don't think you'll be disappointed. It’s quite a good price too!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any cyclist 2 Oct 2000
I bought this book and believe that anyone who is thinking seriously about cycling, purchase it. I have a few books on cycling and repairs etc. but this one is by far the best to date.
I'm female and I I didn't understand how to correct gears on my bike after a tube change, getting the wheels back on was nothing short of a nightmare. At the weekend, my friends bike had brake problems. She brought it round to my house and going through the book, stage by stage as suggested, we repaired the brakes. We even dismantled the handlebars in the process.
Ten out of ten, excellent book!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners 10 July 2000
By A Customer
I am a housewife who does a lot of her shopping by bicycle, but was rather ignorant about cycle technicalities. But no longer, as with the help of this excellent book I have now successfully repaired and serviced my three current bikes: a small folding bike, a racing bike and a ladies shopper bike. The pictures and text are very clear, it just takes a little more time to grasp all the new jargon if you are a complete beginner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful, potentially money-saving book 5 July 2001
By A Customer
Having paid considerable money for a poor standard of repair to my bike, I decided to do something about it. This book fits the bill. The diagrams are fairly clear, although sometimes you have to look carefully to see exactly where the arrow is pointed. It has already saved me money, as I have repaired my rear wheel of my bike using its advice.
On the down side, in the early parts of the book there is a tendency to use jargon and terminology which is not explained until later in the text. I found the way around this was to skim read through the book first, before starting any specific job.
Overall, it is money well spent, and will save you money.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Book 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
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This is a useful book that tries to make bicycle maintenance easy. Nicely coloured diagrams and very useful checklists, together with an indication of the difficulty of the task helps the reader. I found that not all the terms were explained when they were first used. This meant reading on, aware that you didn't know what exactly was being discussed, until the term became clear later. This was a really strange feeling, and reduced the effectiveness of the book for me. That aside, there is still some value in the suggested routines and the tables indicating the tools and skill required in order to carry out a certain task.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant! 2 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I have recently taken up cycling with my friends, and bought this book to help with the looking-after of my bike. The book covers the main parts of a bike, with advice on how to fit and adjust brakes, gears and the many other parts of a seemingly daunting bike. With easy-to-follow instructions and step by-step-diagrams, this book is a must-have for the beginner, and even for the more advanced rider.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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With clear illustrations and very easy to follow instructions, this book is an essential part of any bicycle owner's library. It should improve your enjoyment of cycling, and be able to save you money through do-it-yourself repairs and maintenance. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 22 Feb 2014
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Good quality book great content exactly what I needed to h
Help keep my bike in tip top condition thanks
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good bike guide for the enthusiast
My brother will love this book on Xmas morning. He likes building bikes and taking them apart. A good pressie.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. Hulmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info
I bought this book for my husband to learn how to maintain his work bike and he loves it .He says its easy to read and understand
Published 9 months ago by Paula bollen
5.0 out of 5 stars handy bit of kit
Bought this book just as something to refer too and had a good flick through it and is just what I wanted.
Published 9 months ago by fester
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and comprehensive .
Excellent book with everything in it that I needed for my bike maintenance .covers all the basics and more great
Published 10 months ago by G. F. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Bike Book
A useful book that has been updated in the latest version to include a section on disc brakes, a useful addition to a good book.
Published 14 months ago by fridge magnet
4.0 out of 5 stars Haynes Bike Book
The book gives individuals information on bikes components has lots of pictures and contains a wide range of topics covering bike maintenance.
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Mr. W. L. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Bike Book
As a beginner and returning to cycling this is just the book which promises to be very useful. Very clear in text and illustrations. Thank you.
Published on 13 May 2011 by Heinz Hoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Bicycle Maintenance.
A very good and concise publication with excellent photo' guides. Covers most aspects of bicycle maintenance for the DIY owner. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by Derek
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and useful book
As a newcomer to bikes in general, I think this is a really good book. It covers all of the things I wanted to know in more detail than any of the other books I have bought. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly thought out book, too basic by far.
This book wastes whole pages with enormous photos of bikes, to show what a mountain bike is and what a racer is. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2001
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