Road bikes are surprisingly complex machines, but there’s no need to spend excessive amounts on repairs and maintenance. The cost of a copy of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance should be sufficient in most cases. This well-organized and -illustrated guide, which incorporates the latest in component technology and innovations, shows how to maintain every part of a road bike. This includes chains, derailleurs, shifters, wheels, brakes, cranks, bottom brackets, pedals, saddles, seatposts, handlebars, stems, headsets, forks, and frames — all covered in Lennard Zinn’s trademark clear and concise prose. Novices and seasoned mechanics alike can benefit from the clear illustrations, exploded views of how components go together, and practical tips on how to completely and properly maintain all aspects of their road bikes to ensure hours of trouble-free riding. Zinn shows exactly when to tackle a maintenance project and when a trip to the bike shop for repair is unavoidable.
Lennard Zinn is a cycling god. Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is revered as a bible among the fat-tire set; he now extends the gospel to the rest of the cycling faithful in Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.
From simple, routine maintenance to more complicated tasks, Zinn remains “convinced that anyone with an opposable thumb can perform any repair on a bike.” He begins with “Basic Stuff” such as pre-ride inspections and cleaning the drive train, and continues on through the super-advanced task of wheel building–arguing that “the construction of a good set of bicycle wheels is actually a straightforward task.” Zinn guides readers step by step through every possible repair on every possible part, handlebar grips to Maric Mektronic electronic shifting, with plain-speaking text and helpful illustrations. There’s even a section on emergency repairs, including unexpected advice such as straightening a bent rim by hitting it against the ground: “You may be surprised how straight you can get a wheel this way.”
This comprehensive manual is essential reading for those who love their bike. “All you have to do is follow the instructions and trust yourself.” Indeed. –M. Stein