Best maintenance manual

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by hatless, 11 Apr 2008.

  1. hatless

    hatless Über Member

    Do you use any of the books about maintenance? Zinn or Parks or one of the others? Or do you use websites like Sheldon Brown? I'd like advice on whether to buy one of the books or not.
  2. Welcome to CC

    If you are going to buy one you've got Zinn, Rich Ballantine and there is one over that I cant think of. But the best is shaldon's website if you have time to get to it?.
  3. OP

    hatless Über Member

    Yes, I've spent quite a lot of time reading Sheldon's website. I swapped a couple of emails with him, only a few weeks before he died. You don't think there's anything in a book that isn't on his website, then?
  4. nope Sheldon's web is the best NO book can mach it.
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Parktools website takes some beating

    Interesting developments with a fair few videos about showing folk how to fix nearly everything. worth searching youtube if you need to see a video
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Books go out of date as newer equipment comes in. As said, the web is far better.
  7. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

  8. kyuss

    kyuss Über Member

    I built a bike last year using nothing other than the Park Tools website.
  9. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    True, but it's lot easier to have something spread out on your kitchen table that you can check while you have the cogs in your oily hands.

    I've never bought a maintainence book. Bikes are right at the simple end of mechanical tasks and unlike cars they're all basically the same. Sheldon and Park Tools save you some hassle on things like adjusting derailleur cables, but that's about it.

    Sheldon also reminds you that some jobs, e.g. dismantling and servicing cassettes, are things no sane person does, even those of us who would skin a louse for threepence.
  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Some of us have an advanced piece of hi-tech machinary known as a printer...:eek:
  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    I saw a Park Tools Book when I was in a LBS yesterday. It was sealed so I couldn't flick through the pages to see how it compared to the web.
  12. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Sheldon's site is fantastic, but books do sometimes have the edge when it comes to diagrams.
  13. thats if you need diagrams! Prettyboy T
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