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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent and Fun!
I enjoyed this book because it challenges the status quo. The manual doesn't encourage the reader to buy the most expensive or newest parts, instead focusing on sustainability and scavenging. This environmental bent makes the book unique and unlike any other bike repair manual that I've come across. Overall, the book offers information you won't find anywhere else, for...
Published on 19 July 2007 by Patricia

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but NOT helpful for beginner mechanics
I am glad I bought this book and have really enjoyed reading it, but it is NOT suitable for beginners who want to learn how to maintain bikes. It is more of a monologue on bike part history with bits of maintenance running through it than an instruction manual, plus a fair bit of personal philosophy thrown in. The writer maintains cycles both old and new in a USA city...
Published on 30 May 2006 by Jaysview


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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but NOT helpful for beginner mechanics, 30 May 2006
I am glad I bought this book and have really enjoyed reading it, but it is NOT suitable for beginners who want to learn how to maintain bikes. It is more of a monologue on bike part history with bits of maintenance running through it than an instruction manual, plus a fair bit of personal philosophy thrown in. The writer maintains cycles both old and new in a USA city. As such he covers quite old bikes as well as newer ones and this info is good, because its hard to get any info on older components. There are no diagrams in this book at all - but loads of full page photos of bikes resting against lamp posts etc. This book is primarily of use to bikers with a history interest. Oh, there is a lot of strong swearing in it too, so if that offends this is not the right book for you. A fun book, but a niche market for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent and Fun!, 19 July 2007
I enjoyed this book because it challenges the status quo. The manual doesn't encourage the reader to buy the most expensive or newest parts, instead focusing on sustainability and scavenging. This environmental bent makes the book unique and unlike any other bike repair manual that I've come across. Overall, the book offers information you won't find anywhere else, for that reason alone this is a valuable guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not a 'how to' manual, 30 Oct. 2010
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Hugely enjoyable book on bicycle repair, maintenance and advocacy from a former Minneapolis bike messenger and mechanic, but NOT a 'how to' manual. If you're looking for a manual or a beginners guide, you'll be better off with Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair or The Complete Do it Yourself Mountain Bike Maintenance Book. Sam Tracy is a funny and opinionated bicycle advocate who draws on his wealth of personal experience riding and working on bikes. The b&w photos that illustrate the book are interesting and artistic with some amusing captions, but as other reviewers have said, they aren't the kind of photos you could follow to complete a repair. It's hard to resist a bike maintenance book with dedicated chapters on rust, scavenging, winter riding, singlespeeds, fixies and lines like this: "The sure-footed singlespeed bike rolls evenly past the derailleurs' frantic condominium tower, grinning bemusedly, to pitch a camp beneath the stars."
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