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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2004
If you've never owned a bike before then this is a good book from which to get a basic knowledge, what the various bits are called and what they do etc.
However, the servicing information it contains lacks any practical advice and if you follow it you'll get nowhere in my experience. They show nice photos of a clean brand new bike (with parts removed for clarity) which just doesn't map across to the real world. And what happens when you follow their instructions but it still doesn't work: well, you're left with a bike in a worse condition then when you started. If you want hands on, real world, practical advice on how to maintain your bike you are better searching the web where you will find excellent articles with more explanation and more 'if that doesn't work, then do this' kind of advice.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2002
I'm somewhat disappointed by this book as it spends WAY too much time discussing mountain bikes.
I own a Bianchi city bike (a hybrid, but hardly from an unknown brand) and it's hard to find pictures of ANYTHING that looks like my bicycle. Maybe the pictures just aren't clear enough or maybe I'm just obtuse but I DO find this book rather confusing.
There's a LOT of space (pages and pages, actually) devoted to giving free and shameless plugs to ANYTHING made by Avenir. I find that tacky. A second line of attack seems to be to talk you into spending lots and lots and LOTS of money on weird and wonderful tools. A lot of space is wasted on pictures of tools, but with very little space devoted to how to USE the blessed things.
Finally, as far as the "housewife from Bolton"'s review for this book goes, you can find the exact same review (verbatim!) on the page for Fred Milson's "The Bike Book". I can only presume it was placed here by some zealous sales type.
Maybe if I owned a mountain bike I'd get more out of this book, as it is it's been a waste of money. Ask the guys at the shop to show you how they fix things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
Using this manual has enabled me to keep my bicycles,new and old in proper
operating and safe condition.Before I had the manual I always had to take my bicycles to the shop.Had to bring it,usually leave it and pay a fair amount of money.The manual gave me an understanding of all facets of bike repair and adjustment. When riding with my group of friends,I became the relied upon,"trail mechanic".At home,with a .75 cent hook from Home Depot the basement became my bike work shop.I can adjust my front and back derailers perfectly.With the information/pictures in the Haynes Manual I have serviced the bottom bracket.Disassembeled/reassembeled/adjusted the rear hub,including the free-wheel.Cleaned and re-lubricated the fork and handlebar stem. Installed and adjusted brakes to work perfectly.The money I saved doing repairs and tune-up's,paid for the book many times. If you put some effort into it,using this manual,your bicycle will always be "bike shop ready" for every ride,giving you the most out of it.
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on 30 April 2014
This took ages to arrive from the US of A. I think they maybe sent someone back in time in a DeLorean to get it – it has some vintage.

On page 32 there’s a really useful article on how to quickly fashion a new barrel for a deficient Martini-Henry rifle out of a trusty old Rudge Gents top tube and then go on to use the back wheel as a grenade launcher. Vital advice for those charged with defending the empire for our glorious Queen Victoria against marauding Fuzzy-Wuzzies. This paragraph is a complete lie, but not too far removed from the truth.

V Brakes? Disc brakes, suspension, carbon fibre? This publication pre-dates all these. And the photography has some of those lovely tints that date it as pre-digital. This book is seriously out of date. If you’re looking for advice on how to service your hydraulic disk brakes or perfectly index the latest Shimano gear sets, this is not for you.

However if you want a good simple to understand overview of the basics of servicing and setting up wheels and bottom sets it’s good and the section on derailleurs was comprehensive if dated. At full price – there are much better more modern offerings. I bought mine second hand for a couple of quid and at that – it was a good refresher for someone who’s been car bound for too many years and could be recommended as such.
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This book is very good as far as it goes. However, whatever happened to the exploded view diagram? I think I found one on the Cottered Crankset. In my personal view there ought to be several more on such things as braking devices, handlebar levers, derailleur gears etc. They are an essential tool to understanding the fundamental structure of a given device through a manual. On the other hand, the pictures are realistic and the book is reasonably easy to follow.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 1999
This is an excellent and well-illustrated guide to DIY bike maintenance. It describes all that a non-pro will need to know ... as well as most of what a pro ought to know. Pity it has not been updated ... it is now starting to get out-dated, but nevertheless strongly recommended. Very easy to follow instructions.
Four crowns not five only because it has been published almost five years ago.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 7 April 2011
I always get a Haynes Manual for my car , an I was surprised to see they've done one for the bike. It's the first place to go , to see how to do little repair , and maintenance jobs , and reading it helps you to understand some of the workings on your bike. Good , clear explanations , and diagrams , make it easy to follow , the step by step guides . It's what I've come to expect from Haynes manuals in general. It's pricey , but you can save money by buying it used , and is well worth having , to fall back on , when you need easy to follow advice. I'm glad I bought mine , and I wouldn't be without it - it's the best of my bike books. This is not pocket sized though , so it's just for home reference.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 1999
This book provides an excellent introduction to how to maintain your bike. It has good clear pictures with easy to read and understandable text. I managed to not feel scared in taking apart my headset and get it back together so that it still worked. Not so good for top end bikes as the bits become less standard
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good and clear book saying how to do things with ease and confidence. Well written, good photographs and excellent layout!
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11 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2000
I am a housewife who does a lot of her shopping by bicycle, but was rather ignorant about cycle technicalities. But no longer, as with the help of this excellent book I have now successfully repaired and serviced my three current bikes: a small folding bike, a racing bike and a ladies shopper bike. The pictures and text are very clear, it just takes a little more time to grasp all the new jargon if you are a complete beginner.
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