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I just received this very thick book from Amazon today, and I'm quite impressed with what it contains. My last bicycle maintenance text was The Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance by Jim Langley (1999), so this is a much needed and more modern reference. What I like is that it covers maintenance on electronic and 11-speed systems, and it even has a section dedicated to wheel building, which I have yet to perform. It also includes useful tables such as torque values for various components. I'd say this book is a fair price ($15.70) for the 490 pages it contains. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a road/cyclocross bike repair reference.

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide: Lennard Zinn: 9781934030981: Amazon.com: Books
 

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I've found repair manuals to be more of a personal taste situation. I happened to like Jim Langley's book, and since I will never buy a electronic shifting system the lack of that information doesn't concern me the least bit.

However, a lot of people like Zinn's book so I'm not belittling it by any means, it's a great book but just not for me.

Besides with all the internet resources available I no longer see the need at all for a book! Between the Park web site, other web sites, and You Tube, you should be able to find whatever you want to know about a specific repair or maintenance issue.
 

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I have Zinns book just sitting on my work bench. It's a nice quick reference when I don't want go inside and grab the tablet.
+1 I use it the same way, mine is an older vintage which suits my bike tastes. When I want to double check things before I tear into Camp shifters to replace a G spring it is valuable as I am too lazy stop, clean up and go inside to do an internet search.
 

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I don't keep mine in my workshop, mainly because it's a PITA to follow along while working. Maybe someday I will dismantle the binding and punch holes in it so it can be used in a binder. That way I could lay it open and read along.
 

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I don't keep mine in my workshop, mainly because it's a PITA to follow along while working. Maybe someday I will dismantle the binding and punch holes in it so it can be used in a binder. That way I could lay it open and read along.
Yeah, my only complaint is that the book isn't spiral bound so it can lay flat.
 

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I don't keep mine in my workshop, mainly because it's a PITA to follow along while working. Maybe someday I will dismantle the binding and punch holes in it so it can be used in a binder. That way I could lay it open and read along.
Actually I did do that with mine. It works better due to the ability to open flat, I did the same thing with my auto repair manuals many years ago. My auto repair manual pages though are in plastic sleeves so oily marks can simply be wiped off, I have yet to that with the bike repair manual and probably won't since I wipe my hands off more before using the book then I can with the auto manual.
 

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Besides with all the internet resources available I no longer see the need at all for a book! Between the Park web site, other web sites, and You Tube, you should be able to find whatever you want to know about a specific repair or maintenance issue.
^^^This. Why are you on this website with all of the resources available and still buying a book for help? The folks here are a wealth of knowledge to troubleshoot just about anything.
 

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^^^This. Why are you on this website with all of the resources available and still buying a book for help? The folks here are a wealth of knowledge to troubleshoot just about anything.
I've often wonder this my self is why do people get on here a post help for a mechanical issue. However, there are instances that I've seen a poster ask for help that could not be found on the internet or in any book, either it was a repair issue for something that is typically thrown a way like a Shimano briftor repair I saw once, or they have gone through loads of troubleshooting per book or internet and still can't get the issue resolved. However I would venture to guess that at least 80% of all repair issues can be found on the internet.

But this forum gets all kinds of questions asked besides repair issues that could be readily found on the internet. I think these people that ask questions here are either not proficient at finding information on the internet, or not aware of the wealth of information that can be found on the internet, or just like the comradery of coming to a forum like this, or maybe some other reason I'm not aware of.
 
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