Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists

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A complete guide to the sport and pastime, Zinn's Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists is for the novice and aficionado alike. The book includes routine bicycle maintenance tips, simple tricks to fix troublesome quirks, and tutorials to help increase cycling performance. The focus is on both learnable skills and understanding components and hardware. Specific units range from improving pedal stroke and building a disc brake rear wheel to setting up clip-in pedals and shoes and mastering technical ...

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Overview

A complete guide to the sport and pastime, Zinn's Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists is for the novice and aficionado alike. The book includes routine bicycle maintenance tips, simple tricks to fix troublesome quirks, and tutorials to help increase cycling performance. The focus is on both learnable skills and understanding components and hardware. Specific units range from improving pedal stroke and building a disc brake rear wheel to setting up clip-in pedals and shoes and mastering technical uphills. Famous athletes and mechanics provide special insight, and accompanying photographs clearly illustrate each procedure. Aimed at road and mountain cyclists as well as triathletes, this book presents valuable information in a format that's fun and easy to grasp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931382434
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 844,263
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Zinn is a bicycle framebuilder, a technical writer, avid cyclist and bike lover. He is the founder of Zinn Cycles, a company that produces custom road and mountain-bike frames and forks, and custom cycling apparel.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Initial setup 1
1 Saddle height 2
2 Saddle fore, aft, and tilt position 5
3 Handlebar reach 8
4 Handlebar height and tilt 12
5 Bike setup for aerodynamic time trialing 15
6 Bike setup for triathlons 18
7 Setting up clip-in pedals and shoes 22
8 Orthotics 25
9 Determining ideal crank length 28
10 Choosing the correct frame size 32
11 Adjusting for leg-length discrepancies 34
12 Haney's way : another bike setup method 37
13 Other bike fit resources 45
Pt. 2 Fine-tuning your body 51
14 Nutrition 52
15 Assessing your condition 56
16 Raising your lactate threshold 61
17 Improving your cycling economy 65
18 Training with a power meter 69
19 Overtraining, rest, and periodization 72
20 Back pain and cycling 75
21 Massage and recovery 81
22 Stretching 84
23 Core strengthening and injury prevention 87
Pt. 3 Road bike skills 93
24 Cornering, descending, and countersteering 94
25 Climbing 98
26 Dressing for mountain riding and changing weather 102
27 Racing! 105
Pt. 4 Mountain bike skills 109
28 Basic mountain bike skills 110
29 Climbing steep trails 114
30 Descending technical trails 118
31 Doing a wheelie 121
32 Doing a bunny hop 123
33 Planks and high, skinny bridges 125
34 Mastering drop-offs 127
Pt. 5 Road bike maintenance and tuning 129
35 Small chainrings : road triples and compact-drive doubles 130
36 Tubular tires and wheels 133
37 Upgrading campagnolo ergopower levers 137
38 Aerodynamic equipment 142
Pt. 6 Road and mountain bike maintenance and tuning 145
39 Using shims to fix what ails your bike 146
40 Frame geometry and bike stability 149
41 Changing a flat tire quickly 154
42 Tightening bolts 158
43 Making your drivetrain last longer 161
44 Keeping your chain on 165
Pt. 7 Mountain bike maintenance and tuning 169
45 Setting up and maintaining tubeless tires 170
46 Setting up brake levers 176
47 Keeping your grips in place 179
48 Upgrading your bike to disc brakes 181
49 Truing wobbly disc brake rotors 186
50 Suspension tuning 189
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