Zinn And The Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance Book

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Zinn And The Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance

In this book, master framebuilder and technical guru Leonard Zinn delivers a refreshingly straightforward treatment of mountain bike maintenance. Exploded diagrams and easy to follow instructions escort the reader through everything from flat repair to wheelbuilding with the same level of care. Revised in 2010 and now in it's 5th revision to cover today’s modern components.

Price for paperback version is $24.95

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[Jun 10, 2013]
dj1809

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Well-written, concise but comprehensive.

Weakness:

No photos. All diagrams are drawings.

Great book for anything from basic maintenance to extensive overhauling and bike building. I find it easy to pick up and read up on any questions I might have. There's also an extensive appendix regarding proper bike-fitting which may be beneficial to buyers/builders.

[Nov 28, 2001]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5

Overall, it's not a bad book, but somehow I was hoping for a little more detail in the servicing sections. This book is somehow geared for the mechnically inclined, but new to the biking world type of person. The more experienced bikers will probably know a lot of what's in here, but I'd like to see a little more advanced information available. Also, it would be nice if some photo shots could be added. I realize this would add to the cost of the book publication, but frankly I would think it's worth it.

[Jan 21, 2002]
Andy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Takes away the fear of fiddling with your bike! Diagrams are easy to read and the instructions are easy to follow.

I do some sort of damage to my bike almost every time I hit the trails. Either the wheels bend a little, the brakes come out of alignment, or there is some sort of bizarre sound coming our of the drive train. I used to think it was a badge of honor to have the dirtiest bike around. After reading and using the book, I now know a dirty bike is a badge of shame! It means that you don't care about your trusted friend, and you happily let it sit in disrepair. I used to blow wads of money at the bike shop every time my bike became unridable, and usually, I missed out on a great ride while it was sitting in the bike shop.

Zinn's book takes away the fear of the derailleur. It explains what the little screws do, and how to adjust them properly. It gives you the know-how to understand when you need to take your bike in for repair, and when you can just do it yourself. It gives you common sense ideas for solving problems on the trail so you can ride home, instead of push it. It tells you which tools you need.

A couple of weeks after I purchased the book, I bought a bike stand and a better tool set...for less than I pay for a typical tune up. Now, every time I get on my bike, it rides like it just came back from the shop...actually better than that. I care a hell of a lot more about performance than the guy at the shop, so I spend the extra time to get the adjustments dialed in as perfectly as possible. Now, every time I get on my bike, the old components look like new, and the ride like they are.

Buy this book, save money on maintenance, and best of all, enjoy riding more than you ever have before!

[Nov 13, 2001]
Joel

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It's a fairly well detailed book which includes clear drawings and a fair bit of humor even when that project isn't going in the right direction.

Weakness:

It is not detailed enough for real shop purposes and I wish Zinn wouldn't make me jealous of his bike, which is on the cover of the latest edition.

I would recommend this book to basically anybody but those at lower and upper 15% of bicycle techs. The lightweights won't understand it and a more comprehensive text is more appropriate for a shop. I will certainly buy the next edition if there are enough updates to get another dose of Zinn

Similar Products Used:

Hayne's

[Aug 09, 2001]
Frogskins
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Clear and concise. Covers all range of repairs from beginner to expert.

Weakness:

A little outdated (Second Edition). Could use a spiral binding

I love this book! I knew the basics about bicycles but this book really opened my eyes to so much more. Not only did it teach my to perform repairs on my own bike, now my friends ask me to adjust theirs. I can't wait for the 3rd Edition!

Similar Products Used:

None

[Sep 21, 2000]
Mark Hobbs
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy to read; most complete book on the market; saves you $$$

Weakness:

none that I know of

If you own a mountain bike, you need this book. If you learn to do just one simple repair yourself instead of going to the LBS, you will more than make up for the price of this book. And it is easy and fun to read. I learned a lot about my bike just reading through this book. He gives great insight as well as the technical stuff. Buy it!! 5 flaming feet!

Similar Products Used:

Some web sites have repair info

[Apr 13, 1999]
SGT ROCK
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Up to date
Price

Weakness:

Topics spread throughout the book

This book rocks - haven't been able to find an aspect of maintenance or repair it doesn't cover. Only annoyance is the organization; for example, wheel building references are spread throughout the book, so you have to flip back and forth.

Similar Products Used:

Bicycling's Repair Guide

[Apr 07, 1999]
Craig
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Covers the whole range of maintenance you would need
Simple to read and understand

Weakness:

Diagrams can be a bit vague
Description of how to adjust braking sytems is crap
Many topics are spread out of several pages so cross referencing is required, not good when your hands are covered in oil/grease...

Pretty good - the brake adjustment section did not tell me what was wrong with my v-brakes, I play until it was fixed

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Haines Manual for MTBS
Manufacturer's information

[Dec 26, 2000]
Infusionathan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Comprehensive; clear and concise without leaving much out.
Well written; this book is easy to understand and fun to read.
Good tool lists.
Great section on fitting a bike.
Useful suggested torque table.

Weakness:

Illustrations are mediocre. Photos, as in Zinn's "Mountain Bike Performance Handbook" would be better. The first edition does not deal with coil-and-oil shocks. This isn't really a weakness, just the book showing it's age. I've heard that the more recent editions have a better shock section.

This is an excellent book. The best I've read. It's very complete, even though the edition I have is four years old. It doesn't deal with my shock (coil Z2), but I figure that's the job of the owner's and shop manuals. It enabled me to shim out my bottom bracket myself, properly cut down my steerer tube, and find my correct stem size, all without setting foot in a shop. This book has paid for itself many times, and has made me much more aware of how my bike works, as well as how it doesn't work. Basicaly, if you want do work on your own bike, this is the book for you. Zinn's "Mountain Bike Performance Handbook" is a great companion volume, and, if you want the ultimate in coverage, you should buy both to start with. This book gets 5 for value and 4 for overall, because of the illustrations.

Similar Products Used:

The Bicycle Repair Book by van der Plas, Sloane's Manual of Bicycle Repair, some book by the editors of Bicycling magazine.....

[Oct 26, 1997]
Craig
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING

I would have a really hard time recommending this book to a newbie. Zinn and team seem to know their subject but aren't able to articulate it to paper. The layout of this book is poor. Often times Zinn will take a repair job that should be broken down into 3 or 4 major sections and lump every single painful step together. Overhauling threadless headset winds one through a maze of 50 some odd steps. Who can follow all these nausating steps? Break it down into 5 major sections. Maybe, just maybe, peace with ones self can only be reached by following Zinn through this jumbled up book and making it out with your sanity. The diagrams are poor with even poorer lables to boot. In my life this book is a complete waste of $20 bucks. Shit, I'm so bummed I bought it. I just want to burn it sometimes, but then I think it could actually come in handy on a long bike trip if I had to pull over and take a shit and didn't have anything to wipe my shitty ass. Save your money for some lube or something really worthless, you'll say, Man that was money well spent compared to that damn Zinn book.

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