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Bike Basics -- learn about the parts and set up both adults' and children's bikes. Maintenance -- clean, lubricate, and check your bike for wear and tear. Transmission -- adjust and maintain mechanics, hub gears, chains, and pedals. Steering and Wheels -- fit new handlebars and service headsets, hubs, and wheels. Brakes -- replace cables and adjust rim- and hub-mounted brakes. Suspension -- adjust and maintain coil/oil and air/oil forks and shocks. sWhether you are a cycling novice or an experienced off-roader, this comprehensive book provides the essential information you need to keep your bicycle running smoothly.

The authors of the bestselling bicycle books of all time solve every repair task--from simple roadside repairs to complete overhauls. Every type of bicycle is covered, including touring, racing, mountain, and hybrid. Also includes troubleshooting chart for quick answers to roadside emergencies. Over 300 full-color photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This follow-up to the authors' beautiful Richards' Ultimate Bicycle Book ( LJ 4/1/92) has the same visual impact. Not for those with no familiarity with bicycles or tools, it can be used to great advantage as a quick reference by those with some prior knowledge. Repairs are divided into chapters covering brakes, wheels and tires, transmissions, bearings, and routine maintenance chores. The explanations for mechanical processes are excellent, with many sections employing photographs or illustrations to detail the repair steps. Although it is not as detailed as Tom Cuthbertson's Anybody's Bike Book (Peter Smith Pubs., 1988), the working photos and illustrations are much better. In fact, these two books can serve most libraries' needs for bicycle repair guides.-- Lisa J. Cochenet, Winfield P.L., Ill.
School Library Journal
YA-A well-illustrated guide for the repair and maintenance of all types of bicycles, with understandable instructions, including monthly and annual service guides, emergency repairs, and a trouble-shooting chart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756602956
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 0

Meet the Author

Chris Sidwells is a cycling enthusiast, a racer of road, mountain, and motocross bikes, and a regular contributor to Cycle Sport magazine and other cycling publications. He is also the author of DK's Complete Bike Book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Getting to Know Your Bike 8
The basic bike 10
Anatomy of the bike 12
Bikes for general use 14
Specialty bikes 16
Setting up an adult's bike 18
Setting up a child's bike 20
Caring for Your Bike 22
Tools 24
Workshop principles 26
Cleaning your bike 28
Lubricating your bike 30
Making routine safety checks 32
Maintenance 34
Troubleshooting 36
Spotting danger signs 38
Preparing for wet weather 40
Maintaining Your Drivetrain 42
Cables and shifters
How they work 44
Drop handlebar gear cables 46
Straight handlebar gear cables 48
Front and rear derailleurs
How they work 50
Front derailleur 52
Rear derailleur 54
Hub gears
How they work 56
Hub gear I 58
Hub gear II 60
Chain, cassette, and crankset
How they work 62
Chains 64
Cassette and freewheel 66
Cranksets 68
Bottom brackets
How they work 70
Cartridge bottom bracket 72
Open-bearing bottom bracket 74
BMX bottom bracket 76
How they work 78
Pedal axle 80
Clipless pedals 82
Pedal cleats 84
Steering and Wheels 86
How they work 88
Threadless headset 90
Threaded headset 92
Straight handlebar 94
Drop handlebar 96
How they work 98
Open-bearing hub 100
Cassette hub 102
Quick-release wheels 104
Puncture repair 106
Spokes and rims 108
Adjusting Your Brakes 110
Rim brakes
How they work 112
Drop handlebar brake cable 114
Straight handlebar brake cable 116
Caliper brake 118
V-brake 120
Cantilever brake 122
Alternative brake designs 124
Hub-mounted brakes
How they work 126
Cable disc brake 128
Hydraulic disc brake I 130
Hydraulic disc brake II 132
Roller-brake cable 134
Coaster brake 136
Tuning Your Suspension 138
Suspension forks
How they work 140
Front suspension 142
Coil/oil fork 144
Air/oil fork 146
Rear suspension
How it works 148
Rear suspension 150
Glossary 152
Index 154
Acknowledgments 160
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