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Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance [Paperback]

Lennard Zinn
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15 July 2009
You only need one look inside to see why "Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" has become one of the world's best-selling books on bike repair. This smartly organised and clearly illustrated guide to road bike repair and maintenance - now with colour for easier reference - can make a mechanic out of anyone. Lennard Zinn's expert advice makes quick work of taking care of every part of a road bike. Zinn can teach anyone how to completely and properly maintain all aspects of a bicycle to ensure years of trouble-free riding. Newcomers and experienced mechanics alike will benefit from the hundreds of illustrations, the exploded views of how components go together, and Zinn's practical, time-saving tips. The level of detail is astonishing, but Zinn's friendly advice is confidence-inspiring, and his years of experience make tackling even the most daunting task fun and easy. All the latest high-tech equipment is covered in this new edition, but Zinn does not neglect older bike technology. Indeed, no matter what road bike you may have in your garage, chances are you'll find it - and the way to fix it - in these pages. This new edition includes the basics - even if your mechanical skills stop at pumping tires, Lennard's guidance will show you how to maintain your bike in perfect condition. The advanced - no matter how arcane the task, Lennard has time-saving tips to speed your work. Integrated spindle cranks, carbon forks, internal headsets, ceramic bearings - they're all in here with exploded diagrams to show you the way. The latest tech - Lennard makes sense out of the newest components including: Campagnolo's 11-speed, Shimano's electronic Dura-Ace, SRAM's Red shifters, Campagnolo's Ultra-Torque cranks, and more. Older components - still spinning a SunTour freewheel? Let Lennard's years of experience help you make sense of old metal. Cyclocross - new cyclocross-specific information throughout, along with more Pro Tips, more illustrations, more recommendations - more of what you need to know.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 3rd New edition edition (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030424
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lennard Zinn's book is packed with in-depth explanations and useful diagrams." -- "VeloNews "magazine"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"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"There really is no other bicycle repair manual like this. "Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" is very up-to-date, very clear--thanks to the profuse illustrations--and accurate and comprehensive. This book essentially takes the place of a collection of several other books, component manufacturer's assembly sheets, and the collective wisdom of years of hands on bicycle maintenance. And it's all in a very enjoyable format intended to be encouraging and confidence-building." --""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." --"If ever there was a classic text on bike maintenance, this has to be it. The joy of this third edition, like its predecessors, is that it goes from super simple right through to complete re-builds. All are explained by a combination of Zinn's unique humour-filled, insightful and clear text, with Todd Telander's brilliant illustrations." --

About the Author

Lennard Zinn is one of the world's leading authorities on bicycle repair. A master frame builder and an enthusiastic rider and mechanic, Zinn is also a technical writer for VeloNews magazine. Zinn is the bestselling author of Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and producer of a 4-hour instructional DVD of the same title. Zinn is also author of Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, Zinn's Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, and The Mountain Bike Owner's Manual.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good 1 Sep 2010
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I chose this book on the strength of the reviews already logged with Amazon, but I was hardly prepared for how good it is. It is a hundred times better than I expected.

Everything you could possible want to know is here, clearly explained and diagrammed. And it is packed with lots of little hints and tricks about doing real bike maintenance ... obviously written by someone that has done it for real. Unlike those old car maintenance books full of idiotic statements like "Remove the six retaining bolts" ... Duh ... they appear to have welded themselves to the cyclinder head! Or that old cop-out "Assembly is the reverse of disassembly." Not it isn't. It never is. Zinn knows this.

What I was not prepared for was the huge SIZE of the book. It is in A4 format (or bigger) and at least an inch thick. It is not the sort of thing you just pop into your backpack when you go out for a ride.

Now I'd like to see "Zinn's pocket guide of emergency fixes to get you home when your bike breaks down miles from anywhere"

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By ZLion
Very well written book, goes through almost every aspect of road bike maintenance. Not too deep in some subjects but more than enough to other. A good start for one to understand how everything works.

Downside: Lack of coloured pics...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I had previously purchased his book on mountain biking "Zinn and the art of Mountain bike maintenance". Both book are very well written and illustrated, everything is written in plain english with fantastic drawings to help understand each aspect. I used his mountain bike book to great effect to build myself a mountain bike (with the help of my brother John). His book took away all the mistery about making your own wheels, installing bearings etc.
The road bike book seems to be just as good.
So if you need a book to help you to repair / build or just plain tinker with your bike then this book is fantastic. ***** five stars in my "book", get my little joke! sorry it's bad.
Thanks for reading my rambling, Nick
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 25 Jan 2013
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I must be one of the least equipped people to do anything practical on a bike, and to be honest, I thought the reviews I'd read were OTT. But I don't think they were:
- it is VERY easy to understand
- the instructions are incredibly detailed and easy to follow.
- it says how easy or difficult a task is, which is incredibly valuable if you're not a practical person.
I've been able to sort several things that others might find straightforward but before getting the book would have been beyond me. I'm delighted! It si already saving me money as I don't need to take my bikes to a shop to sort the maintenance things that have been necessary. Riding is so much more enjoyable with a well-set-up bike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as it gets. 14 July 2012
By Hoss
precise descriptions and detailed illustrations makes this book the absolute best bike book ever written. I had my doubts when I saw that the illustrations were drawn, but I must admit that they make more sense than most pictures featured in other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 23 Oct 2011
I love this book. Lots of nerdy detail delivered in an easy to read format with a good sense of humour.
(Reminds me a bit of "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" a well known book amongst vintage campervan and beetle owners.)
Gives me the confidence to tackle any job on my bike and saves me a fortune on workshop bills.
I'm even considering a go at wheel building!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is excelent. The author has a wealth of experince but is never patronising and his instructions are clear and easy to follow. Reading the book has given me the knowledge and confindence to undertake many complex tasks I previously had to pay my local cycle shop to carry out. If you own raod bike, and you actually ride it you should buy this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zinn - the art of road bike maintenance 12 April 2011
Very informative manual and just what I was looking for. Would be 5 * if the diagrams were better ie. not hand drawn but having said that, they are still adequate.
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