I suppose anyone who has been into biking even for a little while attempts to do some maintenance on their bikes. I know I have. That’s problematical, because I’m no great shakes when it comes to anything with tools.
So, being the academic I am, I turned to a book. In my case, it’s the Bicycling Magazine Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes by Todd Downs. It’s been helpful to a certain extent. I used it to guide me through some derailleur adjustments earlier this summer, and they turned out pretty well.
Some of the other adjustment and repair jobs detailed in the book are beyond the scope of my abilities — at least for now. And while the derailleur adjustment chapter was easy to follow, others don’t seem as clear to me. Maybe it’s just me.
A friend once told me his favorite bicycle repair manual is the Yellow Pages — for the number of his LBS.
Have you latched onto a particularly good bike maintenance book? — one you would recommend to a friend? Tell us about it.