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The Bike Book: Complete Bicycle Maintenance (Haynes) Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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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'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.Read more ›
Another comment: if you want to know how things work, this is the wrong item; this is a _repair_ manual.
worth getting IMHO.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A boon to an aged cyclist who last serviced his own cycle fifty years ago.Published 2 days ago by PETRUS
It is a comprehensive guide to bycycle servicing and repair. I have an older version of the manual and this is a gaint leap forwardPublished 2 months ago by B Grady
This was a gift and the person who recieved it was very pleased.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived within a few days and is all you need to repair a bike also great if your studying to become a bike mechanicPublished 4 months ago by Alison Jarvis