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The authors of the best-selling bicycle books of all time have teamed up again to create Richards' Bicycle Repair Manual. Richard Ballantine and Richard Grant solve every repair task — from simple roadside repairs to complete overhauls, from emergency situations to general upkeep — in easy-to-follow photographic sequences enhanced by detailed text. Every type of ...
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The authors of the best-selling bicycle books of all time have teamed up again to create Richards' Bicycle Repair Manual. Richard Ballantine and Richard Grant solve every repair task — from simple roadside repairs to complete overhauls, from emergency situations to general upkeep — in easy-to-follow photographic sequences enhanced by detailed text. Every type of bicycle is covered, including touring, racing, mountain, and hybrid. An especially valuable feature is the "problem chart" at the back of the book — a troubleshooting guide that refers the reader back to the page explaining the particular repair. This is the only repair manual bikers will ever require!
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.
Posted May 15, 2001
Reading this book made me want to go out and buy new bikes for the whole family! There's nothing quite like the pleasure of riding out of a beautiful bike showroom on a great bicycle! Yet within months, I always noticed that the feel was gone. Pretty soon, I wasn't riding as much. Now from reading this book, I know that all bikes need regular maintenance to keep that top-performance feeling. And I know what to do. It's a wonder that my bikes and my children's bikes ran at all before reading this book! My idea of bike repair was to patch a puncture, adjust the seat and handle bars, and get a new chain if it broke. That's about 3 percent of what you really need to know. The book is also useful as a guide to what type of bike to buy in the first place. The pros and cons of various types of materials and structures are well developed. For those who enjoy mastering physical tasks, this book also offers much potential pleasure. 'Keeping your bike in tip-top shape is very satisfying -- and makes riding more enjoyable.' Although I am far from being a mechanical person, I could clearly do everything in the book. But I do need different tools. No problem! The book shows you just what to buy, with many choices (more kinds of bike stands than you ever knew existed, as an example). Not only that, it tells you which ones to take with you on a long touring ride. If you don't have the right tool, it shows you how to improvise with materials usually found along the side of any road. This was fascinating! In fact, the paperback is just the right size to take along on a ride, so you can figure out what to do if you bend a rim. One of the real insights for me was to realize that all of the bearings are meant to be rebuilt once a year. And there are a lot of bearings on any bike. Where a bike might have different types of equipment (such as for brakes and transmissions), you get descriptions of what to do with all the major types. Many pictures show you what each part looks like, and the steps to go through for maintenance. This is the main drawback of such a compact book. Some of the images can be a little small. But I see no way around that if you are to have a truly portable guide to repair and maintenance. Most people will decide to still get some maintenance and repair at the local bike shop. But this book can show you what's involved so you can figure out what it might cost in time and money to do the work yourself. One of my favorite parts of the book was the Troubleshooting Chart to give you an idea from the symptom you have observed what is a likely cause, the solution, and where the information is found to implement that solution. I suggest that you both get this book and try doing some of the maintenance. If you enjoy this, it could become a very satisfying hobby. You could also do maintenance for other people to help cover the cost of the tools. I suspect that less than 1 bike in 50 is properly maintained. If you have children who like to learn to fix and maintain things, this could be a fun family activity. My dad was very good at such things when I was a wee lad, so good that I never learned how to fix anything. Be sure to pass along what you know and learn instead. But whatever you do, be sure you get out and enjoy biking with loved ones! That's the ultimate payoff. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.