Synopses & Reviews
Nobody covers bikes like Zinn No matter what kind of road bike you own—a trusty old ten-speed or the newest carbon fiber race machine—you will find the best way to maintain it in this book. Since the publication of the first edition, Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has become one of the world’s best-selling guides to bicycle care because it covers everything you need to know in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format. Look inside and you will find clear instructions for basic maintenance and advanced repairs, accompanied by hundreds of illustrations, exploded views of how parts go together, time-saving tips, shortcuts, and smart recommendations from Lennard Zinn, America’s leading expert on bikes and gear. The Basics:• How to choose a bike, including fitting and sizing• Simple instructions for regular maintenance• Full coverage of road, touring, and race bikes old and new, including daily commuters Advanced repair:• Integrated-spindle cranks with external cups or press-in bearings, clipless pedals, carbon fiber forks, internal headsets, hub and cassette overhaul, integrated seat masts, and much more• Problem-solving for frozen parts, stripped threads, missing pieces• Pro Tips to speed your work All about wheels:• Tubeless tires, tubular tires, conventional tires, carbon rims• Wheelbuilding and general wheel maintenance and repair The latest and greatest:• The newest components including Campagnolo 11-speed, Shimano electronic Dura-Ace, SRAM Red• Expanded cyclocross coverage throughout The most complete reference available:• Glossary of bike terms, specifications for bolt tightening, gear chart for conventional and compact cranks, and a comprehensive troubleshooting index• More than 350 illustrations, including exploded views of critical assemblies Lennard Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for nearly 50 years. A professional framebuilder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer for VeloNews magazine and Singletrack.com and hosts the popular Q&A column on VeloNews.com. His other books include Zinn & the Art of Mountain 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.
“Lennard Zinn’s book is packed with in-depth explanations and useful diagrams.” — VeloNews magazine
“Lennard Zinn is an institution in the bicycle world—a legend. Legions of cyclists have learned to repair bikes from him, ridden bicycles he’s built, or used his advice as guidance on how to better enjoy the world on two wheels.” — Bicycle Times magazine
“Lennard Zinn is a veritable cycling Einstein, and as a naturally gifted teacher he has the unique ability to explain even the most difficult mechanical task. So unless you currently ride on a high-profile pro team with your own mechanic (and maybe even then), Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is an absolute ‘must-have’ book.” — Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist, U.S. Pro champion, and Tour de France stage winner
"There really is no other bicycle repair manual like this. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is very up-to-date, very clear—thanks to the profuse illustrations—and accurate and comprehensive. This book essentially takes the place of a collection of several other books, component manufacturer’s assembly sheets, and the collective wisdom of years of hands on bicycle maintenance. And it’s all in a very enjoyable format intended to be encouraging and confidence-building." — USCyclingReport.com
“Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has instructions on anything an aspiring wrench would want to know. What impresses most is Lennard’s overall approach of simplifying a task and reminding us how rewarding it is to perform our own service.” — PodiumCafe.com
“If ever there was a classic text on bike maintenance, this has to be it. The joy of this third edition, like its predecessors, is that it goes from super simple right through to complete re-builds. All are explained by a combination of Zinn’s unique humour-filled, insightful and clear text, with Todd Telander’s brilliant illustrations.” — 220Triathlon.com
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.
From shifters to derailleurs, pedals to handlebars, this book covers every component of a road bike, lists the tools bike owners need to tackle simple and advanced projects, and demonstrates with 295 detailed illustrations how to work on each part.
You only need one look inside to see why Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has become one of the world's best-selling books on bike repair. This smartly organized and clearly illustrated guide to road bike repair and maintenance—now in 2 colors for easier reference—can make a mechanic out of anyone. Lennard Zinn's expert advice makes quick work of taking care of every part of a road bike.
Zinn can teach anyone how to completely and properly maintain all aspects of a bicycle to ensure years of trouble-free riding. Newcomers and experienced mechanics alike will benefit from the hundreds of illustrations, the exploded views of how components go together, and Zinn's practical, time-saving tips. The level of detail is astonishing, but Zinn's friendly advice is confidence-inspiring, and his years of experience make tackling even the most daunting task fun and easy.
All the latest high-tech equipment is covered in this new edition, but Zinn does not neglect older bike technology. Indeed, no matter what road bike you may have in your garage, chances are you'll find it—and the way to fix it—in these pages.
This new edition includes:
- The basics: Even if your mechanical skills stop at pumping tires, Lennard's guidance will show you how to maintain your bike in perfect condition.
- The advanced: No matter how arcane the task, Lennard has time-saving tips to speed your work. Integrated spindle cranks, carbon forks, internal headsets, ceramic bearings — they're all in here with exploded diagrams to show you the way.
- The latest tech: Lennard makes sense out of the newest components including: Campagnolo's 11-speed, Shimano's electronic Dura-Ace, SRAM's Red shifters, Campagnolo's Ultra-Torque cranks, and more.
- Older components: Still spinning a SunTour freewheel? Let Lennard's years of experience help you make sense of old metal.
- Cyclocross: New cyclocross-specific information throughout, along with more Pro Tips, more illustrations, more recommendations — more of what you need to know.
About the Author
Lennard Zinn is one of the world's leading authorities on bike maintenance and repair. He was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for nearly 50 years. A professional framebuilder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer for VeloNews magazine and Singletrack.com and hosts the popular Q&A column on VeloNews.com. His other books include Zinn & the Art of Mountain 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
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Maintenance and Repair
1 Tools2 Basic Stuff3 Emergency Repairs4 The Chain5 The Shifting System6 Wheels and Tires7 Brakes8 Cranks and Bottom Brackets9 Pedals10 Saddles and Seatposts11 Stems, Handlebars, and Headsets12 Wheel Building13 Forks14 Frames Appendixes
A Troubleshooting IndexB Gear ChartC Road Bike FittingD GlossaryE Torque Table BibliographyIndexIllustration IndexAbout the Author and Illustrator