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Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Maintenance MagBook [Paperback]

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6 May 2010
LEARN HOW YOUR BIKE REALLY WORKS This guide is the ultimate companion for any daily cyclists who wants to maintain their bike within a budget. Divided into 10 clear sections on how to maintain both road and mountain bikes, and covering essentials such as drivetrain, gears, tyres, brakes and suspension, this guide has it all! Moreover, through featuring clear, step-by-step photographs demonstrating the techniques, the advice is accessible whatever your technical ability. Contents: * Cleaning & Maintenance * Contact Points * The Drivetrain * Gear Systems * Wheels & Tyres * Steering * Brakes * Suspension * Step-by-step guides * Workshop information and expert tips.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907232362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907232367
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The immodestly titled Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Maintenance starts with the basics - what tools might you need? - and stretches all the way to the complexities of mountain bike suspension systems. It's logical, clearly illustrated and even even has warnings for the over-confident. A great user-friendly guide. --Peter Walker - The Guardian

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' Bicycle Maintenance has ten sections of tremendously useful information regarding the roadworthiness and upgrading of your bike... This book is laid out with numbered illustrations which will give the reader the guidance needed to undertake some serious bicycle maintenance and upgrades. 5/5 --Jpohn Holding - Cambridge CTC

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' --Arthur Lamy - Bicycle Blog

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' Bicycle Maintenance has ten sections of tremendously useful information regarding the roadworthiness and upgrading of your bike... This book is laid out with numbered illustrations which will give the reader the guidance needed to undertake some serious bicycle maintenance and upgrades. 5/5 --Jpohn Holding - Cambridge CTC

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' --Arthur Lamy - Bicycle Blog

Magbooks have come up with an attractive magazine format for an eclectic range of book length subjects. In this attractive guide, the layout is contemporary, subdivided into sections covering main bikey areas such as The Drivetrain and Gear Systems, and replete with useful articles and snappy inset boxes. The repair and maintenance nitty gritty is broken down into numbered sections with numerous photos to complement the advice in the text. When I sent my resident expert out to the garage he found the guidance clear and took apart his Index System with ease. And put it back together again, which is even more to the point. I'm sure a competition cyclist would find the comprehensive advice on maintenance and repairs invaluable in keeping both his bike and his finances up and running. It strikes me that this book would also make an excellent present for a teenage boy into either road cycling or mountain-biking. --Bookbag

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' --Arthur Lamy - Bicycle Blog

Magbooks have come up with an attractive magazine format for an eclectic range of book length subjects. In this attractive guide, the layout is contemporary, subdivided into sections covering main bikey areas such as The Drivetrain and Gear Systems, and replete with useful articles and snappy inset boxes. The repair and maintenance nitty gritty is broken down into numbered sections with numerous photos to complement the advice in the text. When I sent my resident expert out to the garage he found the guidance clear and took apart his Index System with ease. And put it back together again, which is even more to the point. I'm sure a competition cyclist would find the comprehensive advice on maintenance and repairs invaluable in keeping both his bike and his finances up and running. It strikes me that this book would also make an excellent present for a teenage boy into either road cycling or mountain-biking. --Bookbag

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' --Arthur Lamy - Bicycle Blog

If only something like this had existed when I was riding my bicycle back in the 1960s! This is as good as any Haynes manual, with clear, concise diagrams and photographs telling you precisely what to do to keep your bike in tip-top condition. Absolutely essential reading for cyclists and the one book you should always keep handy. Fantastic! --Books Monthly

'This is a comprehensive book that will inspire people to take on bicycle maintenance and upgrades' --Arthur Lamy - Bicycle Blog

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I'm shocked to see that this product has 2 5-star ratings and cannot help but suspect that these reviews are biased by financial incentives. I am an independent bike mechanic with a fair experience of the real world (see my article here [...] ) and I found this book worse than useless as it simply angered me. It is full of adverts (I thought 9 quid would spare the media barrage of normal magazines), uses ridiculous flowery language for describing basic concepts (a couple of examples selected from the first pages I looked at are "A persistent noise from your bike can drive you mad." (p.20), "Wear some wellies, rubber gloves, and waterproof clothing as you will then be able to concentrate properly" (p.14)) and makes some statements that are simply wrong ("Gear cables are the one element in the gear system that must be friction-free at all times" (p.83), "[The bottom bracket is] the biggest cause of noise and to solve problems you will have to strip it out and rebuild it regularly"

I am astonished that the publishers are allowed to sell this magazine in the "book" section. I find it disgusting that some rubbish company is making a short-term profit by ripping-off people genuinely wanting to improve their bike mechanic skills.

Instead of buying this book you would be better off visiting Sheldon Brown's amazing bike website. If you want to buy a reference book, I recommend Park Tool Big Blue Book Of Bicycle Repair - Volume II, which I've also reviewed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it 6 April 2011
By ##
Format:Paperback
As Robin has noted in his review, this is a shoddy and ill-written magazine masquerading as a proper book. For one, it has adverts, and that should be enough to set the alarm bells ringing. The motivation of its publisher has been to shift copies at newsagents to unsuspecting customers rather than to provide an exhaustive bicycle maintenance manual. Don't buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned 4 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is not worth the paper it is written on. Like two previous reviewers I must warn home mechanics not to waste your money on something that is worthless. As an experienced and qualified mechanic I wonder why shops stock items like these. This book is not even on an entry level. Save your money and frustrations and invest in the Big Blue Book of Bicycle repair second edition. It is the same as the Park Tool Book volume 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Bike Keeping 26 Nov 2012
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I bought this book after reading a comparison review in a cycle magazine and it is as reviewed, namely it deals with all the essentials of looking after a modern bicycle. This fulfilled my needs in as much as cycles have moved on since I last bought a new bike and I needed information on the care of disc brakes etc. It does not go into electronic gear shifting, but nor do I so I am well suited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 Nov 2012
By Aitch B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Came as said clear concise easy to follow and relates to all abilities and levels.I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who like me struggled with the technical side of cycling!! Thanks Harry Brannigan.Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Maintenance MagBook
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