You’ve probably made a bunch of New Year’s resolutions for 2010. Ride more. Workout more regularly. Lose weight. Eat healthier. Well, here’s one more to add to the list: be a better mechanic.
Learning your own repairs is pretty essential in cycling. A little knowledge can go a long way, particularly when things break down out on the road. Of course, the best way to minimize breakdowns out on the road is to keep your bike well-maintained. Learn how to do both with this book.
Over the years, I’ve found Lennard Zinn’s book invaluable – it’s one of the most important tools in my toolbox. It seems that no matter what project I’m trying to tackle, he’s got detailed how-to information about it in his book Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.
Zinn provides detailed explanations, clear pictures, and an accurate difficulty rating for each task. There are also listings of exactly the tools you will need for the different repairs or maintenance tasks. I’ve always found the book to cover all the equipment I have, from the oldest to the newest. And now, it’s just been updated again. The third edition was released on June 1, 2009.
So, get byond just flat tire changing in 2010. You’ll be glad you did.