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The Bike Book [Hardcover]

Fred Milson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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20 Sep 2007
Haynes' best-selling "Bike Book" has now sold over 750,000 copies in a dozen languages. With the pace of bicycle developments moving ever more quickly, this new fifth edition introduces significant changes, including substantial new sections on hub gears and the various types of bottom bracket/chainset combinations now available. Beautifully presented in colour throughout and packed as before with practical information and handy tips, this book - the undisputed market-leader - gives any rider the confidence and knowledge required to tackle regular maintenance, repairs and even major overhauls.

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  • Raleigh Haynes the bike book
  • Top selling maintenance manual
  • Everything you need to know to help you enjoy and maintain your bicycle

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 5th Revised edition edition (20 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844254216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844254217
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Fred Milson is a media all-rounder, with books, scripts and radio work on cars and household DIY to his credit. But his first love is bikes, his exploits including a lone trip to Istanbul as well as the daily battle of cycling in and around London.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for a novice 4 Sep 2008
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Having returned to cycling after a gap of over thirty years, I found this book clear and helpful. At very least, it has guided me as to what maintenance I am willing to undertake and what will be left to the bike shop. The advice it has given me has been very useful and I am much clearer and confident in handling routine maintenance tasks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need for DIY bike maintenance 15 Jun 2009
Those people from Haynes have done it again!The 5th edition of the Bike Book gives easy to follow and concise instructions on bike mechanics from the simplest adjustments through to stripping down and rebuilding.As a cycle instructor I use and also endorse the book to my trainees who are interested in maintaining their bikes.Great general sections on bike selection ,setting up your cycle and safety.Written in an easy to understand and down to earth manner. Never t you won't look back!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous reference guide. 2 April 2010
Like many folks returning to cycling after a few years, I was surprised just how much bikes have changed. True they might still have two wheels, handlebars and a saddle, but there the similarity ends.

As with all offerings from Haynes Publishing, I was pleased to discover that the writing style remains clean, clear and easy to understand. There are chapters covering every conceivable part of your bike, with sections on the many variations found. The book has good detailed photographs and illustrations, showing how to make adjustments and repairs to your machine. Whilst it might not tell you how to do some of the really complex things like rebuilding suspension forks, the reality is that the specialised tools require for those sort of tasks, would not be a cost effective purchase anyway.

This is a great reference guide for folks that would rather maintain and repair their own bikes, rather than keep trundling down to the bike repair shop. If your looking for a well written, easy to use guide to keeping your bike in good running order and to carry out your own repairs at low cost, then this book is certainly worth the investment. Realistically, just one simple repair will more than cover the cost of purchasing this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for basics 5 Nov 2009
By Penman
Having enjoyed cycling and fiddling with my bikes over the years I have never bothered with a book purely on maintenance and repair. However, with the pace of change in bike technology over the last 10 years or so, I realised that I was behind the times. This book is an excellent guide to the latest in mainstream bike technology and has the usual clear Haynes instructions and pictures to guide you through the major tasks.

If you want help pulling apart v-brakes, cassettes, etc or a structured schedule for safety checks and maintenance then this is the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little thin but very good... 11 Mar 2009
By Jason
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I decided to build a bike and not knowing much about how I thought it useful to buy some books on the matter... This was by far the most used of the three I bought. It's not perfect and there are bits missing but from a newbie standpoint this is excellent. Others I bought included the Zinn book and the Bicycle Repair book. The Zinn book is too wordy and the Repair book I just didn't like. It's useful having all three plus the internet and the Park Tool website too...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No need for me anymore! 29 Jan 2009
By S. Day
Let me first say, really good book, high in detail for 100% of bike maintenace every person owning a bike should do. Typical Haynes difficulty rate for each task. However, some things like truing a wheel or a complete fork strip should only be tackeled by someone with experience.
Good points:
If you own a bike, want that bike to live you out, and want to save money then buy this book.
Bad points:
The more people who by this book the bigger the chance I'll be out of a job!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars History 15 Sep 2010
This book is probably fascinating from a "history of bikes" point of view, but is totally out of date if you are actually looking to service your bike. Unless your bike is from the 1980s. The book has basically been reprinted but not updated since the 1980s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this BEFORE you buy a bicycle... 17 Aug 2009
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If you are new to cycling or have not cycled since your teenage years (like me), and are looking to 'get into cycling', do yourself a favour and read this book before 'investing' in a cycle that does not really suit your needs. It starts with the absolute basics such as the pros and cons of different styles of cycles, how to set them up and what sort of kit is required. I trawled many magazines for months, and would have learnt more from this book in one weekend.

Routine maintenance appears well-covered (but I am a re-born novice!). Whilst other reviews point out this book's limitations for 'higher-end' users, it will take me a couple of seasons at least to reach those limits. And in the mean time, I will have got the most out of my current cycle.

Cheap at the price!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book with good explanations
Published 16 days ago by Mr Mark E Sellwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is all one would expect from an Haynes manual. It has saved me a fortune as there are clear instructions on setting-up, servicing and fixing your bike.
Published 8 months ago by DerbyDave
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
Excellent book found out all I needed to know to adjust gears and brakes and loads of other useful information.
Published 15 months ago by William Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars good present
my adult son really apreciated this book as he is a keen cyclist and likes doing his own repairs if possible.
Published 19 months ago by susan chetta
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to have to hand.
I recommend owning this book, however it will not have everything you need to fix your bike, a collection of experience, books and internet research are required. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Josiahrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Like all Haynes manuals, it is a useful thing to have kicking around when you need to do somethimg you haven't done for a while.
Published 21 months ago by S. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Grea book
Bought for my brother for his birthday and he has found the book very useful he has managed to do things for himself.
Published 24 months ago by Ms. R. L. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I got this book after a failed attempt at buying a different cyling repair book.
I am pleased with this book it looks easy to understand and like the car manuals goes into... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by gagetman
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth it
Way too basic and generic.
I found it a waste of my time and money. I still needed other source of information to complete the work i had set out to do.
Published on 10 July 2012 by Rick the consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete guide for beginners. Very good.
This a very comprehensive book, very clearly laid out & illustrated very well. It is going to help me maintain my bike without having to pay for expensive servicing at the local... Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Tom Howells
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