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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847329802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847329806
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mel Allwood is a director of Brixton Cycles in South London. She has worked in bicycle shops since the age of 15. During the course of many rides, both epic and frivolous, she has executed a multitude of trailside repairs and fixed an uncountable number of punctures. Mel lives in Brixton, south London.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tango on 6 Nov. 2012
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This excellent book will please both new, as well as the more seasoned cyclist. It walks the reader through a very diverse and inclusive "cycling journey", from what clothes one may consider (anything from and between wind-proofing and jacket material to cleats and glasses for light relief) to all sorts of comprehensive hardware and ways of adjusting and servicing information(from various types of brakes to fitting new reducers and bushings). I particularly appreciated the sections with both every day practical tips, as well as the more detailed in depth advice (e.g. lazy way of keeping the chain clean and healthy versus chain deep-cleaning).

You'll find information on all main types of bicycles, from road, hybrid or mountain bikes, and also all sorts of background information that help the reader make a complete sense of why things are designed as they are, or work as they work.

Easy to understand, not extremely technically worded, detailed photos along very clearly explained guiding text of how to proceed to repair, replace, tune up anything from your derailleur, to roadside repairs. And just in case, a very helpful glossary is included at the end of the book.

The much more detailed information of this book (The Total Bike Maintenance Book, 304 pages) compared to the Haynes' equivalent (The Bike Book, 192 pages) also weighed seriously in my decision, you get some 50% more information.

I would unreservedly recommend this book and since finding all I needed in it after owing it for over a month, it gets my full 5 star vote.

Thanks go to author (Mel Allwood) for such top-shelf work but also to Amazon for great pricing, great service and free postage.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bundicus on 24 Dec. 2012
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Have just received this book from Walterstones who have price matched Amazon. Having in the past been an engineer I am very impressed by the way this book explaines procedures involved in the maintenance of cycles. It is both suitable for simple repaires or even more complex work on your cycle. Some of the components on cycles are now getting quite complex to adjust. This book helps to solve the the mysteries surrounding those components. Highly recommended and of course by buying it at Walterstones you know that some of the proceeds are going to support the infrastructure of the UK as I suspect they are paying there taxes.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rosie W on 31 July 2012
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This is a very useful book, explaining clearly how to repair each part of a bicycle which has become more advanced over the years. I bought this bike because my daughter's bike had problems with the gears and because it is vastly different from the levers on my bike. I needed a book to explain how to sort the problem out and with the clear instructions and photos. I will soon have the problem sorted.
This book is clearly laid out, so you can easily find the part of the bike that you need and has great troubleshooting parts and very good advice about every aspect of cycling.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Higgins on 29 Jun. 2012
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The Total Bike Maintenance Book: DIY Repairs Made Easy

The most I normally do is ride my bike and clean it and repair the odd puncture, not knowing too much about the mechanics of bikes. However I decided to learn a bit more with a view to carrying out my own maintenance, repairs and even minor additions to my bike. I am really pleased with this book. It is well written in an easy to read manner, contains a number of useful tips and covers everything that I could possibly want to know about bike maintenance.

The book is well illustrated with very nice colour photographs and is split into complete logical sections covering just about every aspect of maintenance or repair that I would want to do.

An excellent purchase and I absolutely recommend it to both amateurs like me and the more accomplished cycle mechanic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Derek on 17 April 2012
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Save yourself a lot of money and "do it yourself". Follow this book it's great, everything you need for the backyard mechanic. This volume pays for itself the first time you work on your bike.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Aug. 2012
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I purchased this book on the reviews shown and haven't been let down.
Yes you can go through the internet and get help that way but this is a lot quicker and clearer than some of the steps shown on you tube.
I have purchased books before and this is at the top of the tree.
There are clear photos of every step and with the right tools you can save yourself an expensive trip to the bike shop for repairs.
I have just saved myself £50 already yso that has already paid for itself.
We all tend to not bother giving our bikes a regular service and this book provides a simple full service for your bike.
I commute everyday on my bike and rely on it totally.
Having this book will get the best performance from your trusty stead and hopefully if not very rarely any break downs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LincLady1 on 29 Sept. 2012
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The book is well thought out, written in a way that is easy to follow. It covers all aspects of cycling maintenance and repair, including advice on accessories and safety equipment. I think this is a must for any level of experience in cycling, as I'm sure even an experienced cyclist will find areas that are useful as a referral or reminder point, in order to maintain or repair their cycle.
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