It is the perfect reference manual to carry with you in a pannier or backpack.
This handbook distills the core fundamentals and serves as a guide to repairing and maintaining one's bike, focusing specifically on instructions with step-by-step photos, troubleshooting tips, links to videos, and helpful sidebar material. The book is clearly organized from front of bike to back so that readers can find quickly and efficiently the information they need.
Bicycling Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook is the perfect troubleshooting guide for every cyclist--beginner or intermediate--and will provide a welcome relief to any cyclist faced with unexpected issues on the road.
With troubleshooting sections to quickly identify and correct common problems, 450 photographs and 40 drawings to clarify all the step-by-step directions so even the complete neophyte can get repairs right the first time, and Web sites and phone numbers of bicycle and parts manufacturers, this is truly the ultimate bicycle repair and maintenance manual. Now better than ever, the newest edition contains the latest information on component kits and carbon fork specifications.
Whether you're looking to join the Lycra brigade, tear down mountain bike trails or simply teach yourself — or your child — how to ride, this practical guide covers all your needs, from choosing the right bike and accessories to hitting the road and trails. Improve your health and fitness, reduce your carbon footprint and have fun along the way!
Pick the bike and equipment that suit you — determine whether a road bike, mountain bike or something in-between is best for you
Find the time to incorporate cycling into your lifestyle — start commuting to work and plan your cycling schedule
Understand your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist — know the regulations that apply in your local area
Stay safe in traffic and off-road — be seen and heard, and feel confident when dealing with potential dangers and hazards
Train to improve — adopt programs to improve your speed and endurance on the road, or your fitness and skill for mountain biking
Prepare yourself and your bike for touring — research your route and transport options, get your bike ready and know what to pack
Get your kids on a bike — add a child to your bike, pick the right bike for your older child and teach your kids to ride the easy way
Maintain yourself and your bike — prevent or ease cycling ailments and learn how to repair and service your bike
Open the book and find:
How your bike should be adjusted to fit you
Advice on the easiest way to get on a bike and start pedalling
How to avoid dangers presented by cars, trucks, dogs and birds
Tips for riding with other people
Pointers on incorporating cycling into the school run
Guidelines for eating and drinking before, during and after cycling
The ten best rides in Australia and New Zealand
Ten great tours and races from around the world
Choose the right bike for you and your lifestyle
Select the best gear to keep you looking good and riding well
Obey the road rules and stay safe
Find your riding style, from off-roading to cycling with kids