Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

by Zinn

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Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is the world's best-selling guide to bicycle repair and maintenance. From basic repairs like how to fix a flat tire to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes, Lennard Zinn's clearly illustrated guide makes every bicycle repair and maintenance job easy for everyone.

Lennard Zinn is the world's leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. His friendly step-by-step guide explains the tools you'll need and how to know you've done the job right. The book's two-color interior is easy to read—even in a dimly-lit garage or workshop. Hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations and exploded parts diagrams show just the right level of detail to lead you through every bicycle repair task.

This smartly organized guide shows how to repair new and old bicycles from top to bottom. In over 500 pages, Zinn's guide includes simple instructions for hundreds of bike maintenance and repair jobs:

  • Basics: How to fix a flat tire, lube a bicycle chain, adjust the brakes
  • Emergency repairs: How to fix a broken chain, tighten loose spokes, repair a bent derailleur
  • Easy shifting: How to adjust shifters, derailleurs, and cables for clean and smooth shifting
  • Wheels: How to true a wheel, install a new tire, change a cassette, replace broken spokes, build your own wheels
  • Overhauls: How to service and replace pedals, chains and chainrings, saddles, handlebars, stems, headsets, forks, bottom brackets
  • New tech: How to maintain 11-speed systems, electronic and wireless shifters, disc brakes
  • Cyclocross: How to set up a 'cross bike for racing, select the right components, and make quick repairs
  • Troubleshooting: How to figure out what's wrong with any bike and fix it

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance makes bicycle repair and maintenance easy, quick, affordable, and fun. With Zinn at your side, you'll know how to keep your bicycling running smoothly for years.

What's New in Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 5th Ed.:

  • More than 700 comprehensive illustrations and exploded views.
  • New chapter on electronic shifting covers maintenance, service, repair, and troubleshooting of all Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo electronic shifting groups.
  • New chapter on disc brakes covers maintenance, service, and repair of all hydraulic and mechanical systems.
  • New tech covered in depth: through-axle forks, SRAM eTap wireless shifting, second generation Shimano and Campagnolo electronic shifting, direct-mount sidepull brakes, SRAM X-Sync 1x11 cyclocross systems, tubular tire gluing tapes.
  • New troubleshooting charts
  • New master guide to press-fit bottom brackets
  • Also covered in the 5th edition: All derailleur shifting systems (5-speed through 11-speed); all bottom bracket systems (cone-and-cup through press-fit); all brake systems (including caliper, V-brake, cantilever, and disc); all headset, stem, handlebar and fork systems; wheelbuilding for all bikes including cyclocross and disc-brake wheels; special sections on cyclocross throughout including troubleshooting, maintenance, service, repair, and equipment selection; updated and expanded torque tables; complete illustration index and complete subject index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937715373
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Edition description: 5th ed.
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 95,031
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lennard Zinn is the world's leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. He is a world-renowned bicycle technician, frame builder, and tech writer for VELO magazine and VeloNews.com.

Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for nearly 50 years. A professional frame builder for his business Zinn Cycles, Lennard hosts the popular bike tech Q&A column on VeloNews.com.

His best-selling bike maintenance and repair books include Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, Zinn’s Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, and The Mountain Bike Owner’s Manual. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents



Maintenance and Repair

1 Tools
Basic, intermediate, and advanced tool kit recommendations
Tools to carry on a ride and on multi-day tours
Tools for cyclocross racing

2 Basic Stuff
Preride inspection
Wheel removal and installation
Chain lubrication and cleaning
Cyclocross race pit set-up and bike care
General guide to tool usage and mechanical work
Bike maintenance schedule

3 Emergency Repairs
Flat tire prevention and repair
Dealing with jammed chains, loose spokes, shifting problems, broken parts

4 The Chain
Cleaning, lubricating, regular maintenance
Checking wear, replacing the chain, choosing the right chain tool
Troubleshooting chain problems (squeaking, skipping, jamming, dropping)

5 Cable-Actuated Shifting Systems
Operating integrated shift/brake levers
Installation and adjustment of derailleurs, shifters
Installing new shift cables and housings
Maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of all parts
How to get more gear range; mixing and matching components

6 Electronic Shifting Systems
Complete coverage of all electronic systems (Shimano STI, Campagnolo EPS, SRAM eTap)
Installation and adjustment of all shifters, derailleurs, batteries, wires, control units
Battery charging, installation, troubleshooting

7 Tires
Removing, installing, repairing all tire types
Fixing flats, all tire types
Tire sealants: how they work, which to choose, how to use
Cyclocross tires: how to choose, set up, select tire pressure, maintain

8 Wheels
Truing a wheel, fixing loose or broken spokes
Adjusting and overhauling hubs
Freehubs, freewheels, cogs and cassettes
Lubrication, maintenance, parts replacement

9 Rim Brakes
Coverage of all types of caliper, cantilever, direct-mount, and V-brakes
Installation, adjustment, troubleshooting of all parts
Cable and casing installation and adjustment
Troubleshooting all rim brake problems

10 Disc Brakes
Pad check and replacement
Installation and adjustment of all disc brake types
Truing bent brake rotors
Cable replacement and adjustment
Hydraulic installation, set-up, bleeding, overhaul, and maintenance
Troubleshooting all disc brake types and problems

11 Cranks and Bottom Brackets
Crankarm and chainring removal and installation
Fixing bent or warped chainrings, crankarm spiders
Threadless bottom bracket specifications and options
Bottom bracket removal, installation, adjustment, overhaul, maintenance (all types)
Cyclocross crank and chainring set-up
Troubleshooting crank and bottom bracket problems (all types)

12 Stems, Handlebars, and Headsets
Stem removal, installation, adjustment (all types)
Removing stuck stems
Handlebar removal, installation
Aerobar installation and adjustment
Wrapping handlebar tape
Headset removal, installation, overhaul, adjustment (all types)
Troubleshooting stem, handlebar, and headset problems (all types)

13 Pedals
Removal and installation (all types)
Setting up, installing, and adjusting pedal cleats (all types)
Pedal overhaul and bearing replacement (all types)
Troubleshooting pedal problems

14 Saddles and Seatposts
Choosing, installing, adjusting a saddle
Seatpost installation and adjustment
Integrated seat masts
Removing a stuck seatpost
Troubleshooting saddle and seatpost problems (creaks, squeaks, slipping post, loose saddle)

15 Wheel Building
Everything you need to know to build your own bicycle wheels
Parts and tools
Lacing a new wheel; spoke patterns explained
Tensioning, truing, centering
Radial, two-cross, three-cross, disc brake, cyclocross, and wheels for big riders

16 Forks
Fork inspection and maintenance
Checking and adjusting fork alignment
Fork upgrades

17 Frames
Frame design and materials
Frame inspection; fixing bent derailleur hanger
Checking frame alignment, adjusting dropout alignment
Fixing damaged threads
Correcting high-speed shimmy


A Troubleshooting Index
Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and repair of all areas

B Gear Chart
Gear development for standard and compact cranksets

C Road Bike Fitting
Choosing a frame size from body measurements
Choosing the correct crankarm length
Positioning of saddle and handlebar
Positioning a time trial bike for UCI compliance

D Glossary
Definition of all common cycling terms and components

E Torque Table
Tightening specifications for all common bicycle fasteners



Illustration Index

About the Author and Illustrator

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