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Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance [Paperback]

Lennard Zinn
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1 May 2005
The reference guide to mountain bike maintenance and repair. Over 360 illustrations. Basic, step-by-step instructions for regular maintenance plus in-depth instructions for front & rear shocks and suspension. Sections on how to build wheels and maintain and set up disc brakes. How to choose a bike' including fitting and sizing. Problem solving and Shimano's latest. Complete bolt tightening specifications.

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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 4th Revised edition edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193138259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382595
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lennard Zinn's book is packed with in-depth explanations and useful diagrams." -- "Velo" magazine "Lennard Zinn is a veritable cycling Einstein, and as a naturally gifted teacher he has the unique ability to explain even the most difficult mechanical task. So unless you currently ride on a high-profile pro team with your own mechanic (and maybe even then), "Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" is an absolute 'must-have' book." --Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist, U.S. Pro champion, and Tour de France stage winner "Lennard Zinn is an institution in the bicycle world--a legend. Legions of cyclists have learned to repair bikes from him, ridden bicycles he's built, or used his advice as guidance on how to better enjoy the world on two wheels." -- "Bicycle Times" magazine "Today's bicycles are complicated machines that can be expensive to maintain and repair. Zinn has written this book to help both the leisure bike rider and expert mechanic handle almost any problem associated with road bikes." -- "Library Journal" ""Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" has instructions on anything an aspiring wrench would want to know. What impresses most is Lennard's overall approach of simplifying a task and reminding us how rewarding it is to perform our own service." -- Podium Cafe "Lennard Zinn really is the world's most helpful and comprehensive human when it comes to bicycle repair and maintenance." -- "Bike magazine" "When you read Zinn's books, it's like he's sharing secrets from the pro ranks with you... The illustrations in this book are as informative as they are enjoyable to look at. This is a super helpful manual that belongs on every roadie's workbench." -- ""Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" is simple, easy to follow and the illustrations are magnificent...If you are looking for a bicycle repair manual, get this book." -- Cycloculture "Lennard Zinn's book might be the work that launched a 1,000 repair pr --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Lennard Zinn is the world's leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. A professional frame builder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer for "Velo" magazine,, and His other books include "Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, ""Zinn's Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, "and" The Mountain Bike Owner's Manual." Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for over 50 years. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' 27 April 2013
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This is a remarkable book: I had the huge tome unpacked and by the end of the second espresso had learned 5 things about chains that so far had eluded me.
Every topic is covered from every angle and there are some very clever "get-you-homes" that I wouldn't have believed possible but are so smart they've got to be true.
Bought as I have just upped my cycling to a second bike and I wanted to learn a little bit more about the mechanics and maintenance of the 900 quid machine I have just purchased: I have already.
It's one of those books that you cannot stop yourself picking up as you go past and selecting at random a topic which invariably ends up illuminating.
It's first use on the workstand will no doubt repay the purchase price and you cannot ask for more than that.
Well pleased.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 Mar 2013
By Will F
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Great book that covers everything needed for maintaining a road bike and more. Easy to use sections cover the major areas of the bike and a good diagnostic section for each chapter is really useful. Most major component manufacturers are covered as well as generic types of components. Didn't find the lack of photos to be a hindrance as the expanded illustrations are more than adequate. The writing style makes the contents easily accessible for those without any prior knowledge of bike maintenance or without a knowledge of the technical jargon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 2 May 2013
By Twiggy
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This book is extremely well written by someone who clearly knows his stuff. As others have commented, the most surprising thing is the physical format of the book. It is very big with large typeface and excellent illustrations. I really like the way he has divided the various maintenance tasks into three ability levels and explains what tools and equipment you need.

I struggle to see how you could improve on this book unless you had one written for the precise make and model of bike you own.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Bike Novice 21 Jun 2006
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Liked this book. I know very little about bikes not having had one since age about 16, many moons ago. Just got into biking again and the book has been extremely useful after only having it for a few days
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 22 Jun 2013
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This book covers absolutely every aspect of road bike maintenance and has very easy to follow instructions which I think even I could master despite buying this for my husband!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now! 15 Mar 2009
This is the first time if felt the urge - for reasons good or bad - to log on and write a review. The book is simply excellent. Zinn is a journalist, so the writing is clear, concise and easy to read (and even entertaining). The diagrams are great and in my opinion better than photographs because it is easier to highlight detail.

Sections are separated by skill level so the book should be useful whether you've never maintained a bike before or you're a mechanical genius. I compared this book to one of the other popular series, and this one wins hands down. Buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing if not detailed! 22 Sep 2013
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To say that this maintenance book is detailed would be an understatement, however sometimes less is more, and although it is infinitely superior to the Haynes manual and several other so-called bike maintenance 'bibles' I have used, I have found that the 'several different options for each problem' approach can be somewhat baffling, particularly for someone like me who is very much a beginner in the world of bike maintenance.
Having said that, if you have even a little knowledge, this is certainly the text that will enable you to build on that, and if you have (a lot of) time to spare, you'll find there's nothing you'll come across maintenance-wise that this bad boy won't have some information or advice on. Plus it's excellent as a door-stop in winter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail 21 Jun 2013
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Very detailed. All the information you need, very well explained and I find the drawings better than pictures as you don't have to strain to see what's what.
Highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
I have to add to the previous reviews that say this is the best road bike maintenance book on the market. It's clearly illustrated and written in plain english.
Published 1 day ago by K Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Book well laid out so it's easy to find a specific section on repairs
I'm still working through this book . But with step by step info it is showing a novice cyclist how to care for their bike. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book. Clear information
Fantastic book. Clear information, easy to follow. Need to fix your bike? Want to learn? Buy this book!

Very pleased.
Published 11 days ago by kev
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
Bought this as my mate is no longer living near by,to take care of all my bike fixes for me.It's become my Bible,as a keen,all year round cyclist,and has been well worth the 15 or... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved Me A Few Quid.
Already saved me a fortune by teaching me how to stop my inner tubes exploding. I was putting them in wrong. Very good book. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ian Walshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Bike builder
Perfect birthday present for bike enthusiast
Published 25 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Zinn's books are fab. I have an older version of the MTB one, and decided to get a newer one ready for buying a road bike. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hiace Drifter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and relevant book with plenty of detail
Excellent and relevant book with plenty of detail, exploded diagrams and extensive advice on tools and how to approach each task.
Published 1 month ago by e plachciak
3.0 out of 5 stars zinn road bike maintenance
This book is good but i would prefer more diagrams when you want to get a job done and you have spanners in hand its easier to study pictures than focussing on reading text.
Published 1 month ago by stevo
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for cyclists
It was a gift and my son who researches everything and is very critical. He was very pleased with it!
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Johnstone
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