Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair teaches you how to repair your bike with minimal investment in specialized tools. Written for the do-it-yourselfer, not the professional mechanic, each repair includes step-by-step instructions and photo sequences, making the book an accessible and essential resource for any cyclist.
Keep your bike on the road for the long haul! Whether you’re training, competing, or simply riding for fun, a properly tuned bike is essential to performance, efficiency, and safety. That’s where Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair comes in.
Author Daimeon Shanks takes a straightforward “you can do it” approach to maintaining and repairing your bike so it’s ready to go when you are.
Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair provides simple step-by-step instructions, accompanied by up-close photos, illustrations, and advice, for more than 100 repairs. You’ll learn these skills and more:
Adjust derailleurs and troubleshoot shifting problems.
True your wheels and tweak your hubs for a silky-smooth ride.
Install caliper, cantilever, or V-brakes.
Repair a broken chain on the roadside.
Fix flats in no time flat.
Maintain pedals and cleats for efficiency and comfort.
Install or adjust a headset.
Install handlebars, including aero bars and flat bars.
Adjust your saddle for a perfect fit.
Determine if a triple crankset is right for you.
So spend more time in the saddle and less time and money in costly repair shops. Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair is the one guide no cyclist should be without!
Introduction Chapter 1 The Modern Road Bike Chapter 2 Basic Maintenance Chapter 3 Frame and Fork Chapter 4 Handlebars and Stem Chapter 5 Saddles and Seatposts Chapter 6 Wheels Chapter 7 Tires Chapter 8 Brakes Chapter 9 Cranks and Chainrings Chapter 10 Shifters and Derailleurs Chapter 11 Chains and Cogsets Chapter 12 Pedals and Cleats Chapter 13 Customizing Your Fit
Appendix A Choosing and Working With a Bike Shop
Appendix B Glossary
About the Author
Daimeon Shanks has two decades of experience in cycling and has worked as a professional mechanic in every discipline of the sport, including mountain, track, road, and cyclocross. His work experience includes stints with the Mavic Neutral Support Program, as the head track mechanic for the U.S. national team, and as the resident mechanic at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He also spent five years as a mechanic with the Garmin Transitions ProTour cycling team, working events such as the Grand Tours of Europe, the pinnacle of road cycling's hierarchy.
Shanks graduated from the University of Oregon, where he raced for the university team and later became director and president of the cycling program. He is currently the co-owner of The Service Course, a high-end bike repair shop in Boulder, Colorado.
"In Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, Daimeon Shanks takes a straightforward approach to repair and creates the go-to resource for cyclists."
Tom Danielson-- Professional cyclist with team Garmin-Cervelo
“Daimeon Shanks belongs to an elite stratum of bicycle mechanics. Seasoned by the triage nature of top professional cycling on the road, trail, and track, Shanks' experience and ability to eloquently advise show through in Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair.”
Nicholas Legan-- World and Olympic Champion Mechanic, Tech Editor for Velo/VeloNews