Maintaining Mountain Bikes

Maintaining Mountain Bikes

The Do-it-yourself Guide

Book - 2010
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A comprehensive illustrated guide now updated with information on all of the latest bikes and equipment.

Maintaining Mountain Bikes is the essential guide to getting the most out of riding and caring for any model and vintage of mountain bike, including the most recent versions and their components.

Using detailed step-by-step photographs and clear text, two leading mountain bike experts show riders how to keep their equipment in tiptop shape. This updating of Mountain Bike Maintenance includes 100 new full-color photographs and fully revised text that covers the bicycle in detail from wheel to wheel, including:

Bike parts terminology
Basic repair tools
Regular routines for maintenance and cleaning
Safety routines
Shimano chains
Mending a broken chain, shortening a chain to single speed, deep cleaning a chain
Twisted links
Crank and pedal repairs
Cantilever brakes and disc brakes
Fitting and adjusting brake blocks, a new brake cable and new brake units
Fitting a new gear cable
Transmission troubleshooting
Creaking noises

Every mountain bike component is thoroughly described, including its location, function, maintenance, common problems and repairs, as well as its replacement and installation. The authors also recommend the essential tools to carry on board and how to do roadside repairs. There is expert advice on annual and seasonal tunings, safety checks, and the nuts and bolts of adjusting, fitting, upgrading and replacing every part of a mountain bike. The updated resource list of suppliers is particularly valuable.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2010
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9781554076048
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Brook, Nigel.


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Nov 30, 2016

Good information. Very easy to understand. Packed with details.

Jul 01, 2014

These are the four library owned books I've found best for mountain bike maintenance, ordered in increasing order of complexity; i.e. the first in the list is a good one for beginners who want to start doing some of their own routine maintenance; the books after that are better for intermediate and experts who want to do more complicated procedures, like updating to newer drive train or wheel components and wheel building.

1. Van der Plas, "Mountain Bike Maintenance: How to maintain and repair your mountain bike, 2006"; 2. Allwood, Melanie, "Maintaining Mountain Bikes : The Do-it-yourself Guide, 2010"; 3. Downs, Todd, "The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes, 2010"; 4.Zinn, Lennard, " Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, 2005".


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Nov 30, 2016

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