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The Bike Book: Complete Bicycle Maintenance (Haynes) Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 6th Revised edition edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857331183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857331182
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.7 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Mark Storey has written a number of Haynes car manuals, but his number one hobby is cycling. His knowledge and experience of the industry, together with an understanding of how a step-by-step manual needs to work, have resulted in an outstanding new version of this classic Haynes title.


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I have to agree with the other reviewer stating this is a pretty superficial book.

I'm a fairly experienced - but 100% amateur - bike mechanic and bought this in the hope that I could fill in some gaps in my knowledge, especially for comparatively recent developments such as hydraulic brake systems.

The procedures are fairly well illustrated, but there are too many where they just dive in, talking about assemblies without actually describing or naming their component parts in any detail, or pointing them out in any illustration. There is a heavy reliance on photos with very little labelling/callouts and only the occasional exploded diagram. Simple procedures are sometimes given pages of detail whereas the quite advanced stuff later on is not really given an adequate amount of attention for a book which calls itself "complete".

For the most part the techniques described are fine. A few are not the way I learned to do things (they recommend the use of hammers far too often for my liking!) but you can see the logic in their thinking and there is nothing intrinsically bad about them. There is however scant attention paid to many of the common problems one may encounter along the way, meaning the book is actually less use for beginners than it is for those with any experience. Some of the job time estimates are way off, e.g. they reckon just one hour for your first attempt at servicing a pair of suspension forks. Likewise some of the difficulty ratings are a bit arbitrary, e.g. they seem to think that adjusting cantilever brakes is easier than dual pivots.
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good repair book. My only criticism is that they sometimes use different names for the same part. But it covers everything I need and more.
Another comment: if you want to know how things work, this is the wrong item; this is a _repair_ manual.
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Simple to follow, useful worth buying for the novice. I needed to change the rear gears and remove the chain etc. following which I needed to set up the gears again. The book guided me through the process. it all seems to be working fine now. this helped me understand a couple of things that have changed since I last owned a bike.

worth getting IMHO.
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I guess it wasn't written by someone with dirty fingers. Studiously avoids practical detail at the expense of nice pictures.
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Like all Haynes manuals I own or have read through, this manual gives me mixed feelings. As usual I feel that it does not elaborate enough on the "practical fix" and spends a rather large amount of writing and pictures on giving relatively subjective advice on "what bicycle fits you" and unnecessary stuff like that. I feel this sometimes makes it more of a bed time read than a workshop manual. A strategy manual so to say...

I will attempt to give you some examples:

- Dozens of pages are spend on "what bikes are out there", yet not covering them properly. In addition the advice given seems to be the empty talk you would hear from every bicycle salesperson instead of a little list of what are the advantages and disadvantages, enabling you to make up your own mind.
- Many different styles of gear changing mechanisms, bearings etc. are being described, yet often the description limits itself to "its called x, it kind of works like y and if it's broken replace it with tool z".
- Practical things, for example the most basic "how to fix a puncture" are described insufficiently and in an ideal world scenario style. I have fixed many punctures on the road side. You re-inflate the tire, search if you can feel the air coming out by noise or airflow, if not you spit onto the tire wherever it seems to be damaged and wait for bubbles to form. You find the bubbles, you take the tyre off in that area, pull some of the tube out, fix the tube, remove the foreign object that caused the puncture (if present) and 20 minutes later you are back on the road. Yet the book tell you to take the wheel off, remove the entire tyre, remove the tube, hold it in a bucket or (amazing roadside idea) A PUDDLE, an search for the hole. Fix and reinstall.
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This is a first rate manual of value to a wide range of users. In my case, I am quite an experienced cycle mechanic, but my basic training was many years ago and I find the material on modern machines very useful, for example, when dealing with grandchildrens' bikes. The layout is clear, and the pictures compliment the text satisfactorily. Just occasionally some text related numbered pointers would help the clarity of some pictures. Having looked at the competition, this is the best combination of utility and price and very good value for money. Only 4 stars may seem a bit harsh, but it really would be worth printing this book on dirt/oil resistant paper in lie flat format: it would then be unbeatable! Strongly recommended.
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I am new to cycling and the new components on modern bikes were a bit bewildering. I have always tinkered with cars and motorbikes and have had many Haynes manuals over the years which must saved me £thousands in repair bills through routine and preventative maintainance.

So far I have used the book to adjust the gear selectors and do some routine cleaning and servicing and have found the book clear and easy to understand - just like other Haynes manuals really

A must have for any bike tinkerer!
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