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Bike Repair and Maintenance For Dummies

Published 02-09-2009

The nuts and bolts of bike repair for bicycle commuters, serious cyclists, and casual riders   Bike Repair & Maintenance For Dummies provides expert guidance and tips for bicyclists who are hitting the bike trail or just spinning around the neighborhood. If you have a little or a lot of experience in using tools on your bike, this book can show you how to keep your bike in top working order, from tires to handlebars, without all the technical jargon.   If biking is already a part of your life – or you’d like it to be – this book can help you tackle your own bike maintenance and repair, so you don’t have to take it to the shop for routine tune-ups or call for help if you break down in the middle of nowhere. Of course, sometimes you’ll need to seek expert help, so the book covers when to attack a problem yourself and when to call in the pros for backup.   And although this book is written in easy-to-understand language without a lot of biking jargon, Bike Repair & Maintenance For Dummies is still a comprehensive guide. Seasoned bike riders looking for additional tips and tricks to keep their bikes in top condition won’t be disappointed.   This book will help you repair – and, if necessary, replace – the parts on your bicycle. You’ll discover how to make basic bike repairs, such as:  Removing a wheel, tire, or tube  Patching a tube or fixing a tire  Working on hubs and spokes  Installing new brakes and pads or addressing other brake issues  Adjusting your saddle  Using suspension seat posts  Dealing with common chain problems  Inspecting, cleaning, and lubricating cassettes and freewheels    After you nail the basics, you can dive into advanced repairs and maintenance, including:    Knowing how a frame is built and inspecting one for problems  Adjusting and maintaining a bike’s suspension  Removing, installing, and adjusting the rear and front derailleurs  Removing and installing shifters  Taping your handlebars  Adjusting and overhauling your headset  Get your copy of Bike Repair & Maintenance For Dummies to learn all of that, plus tips on staying safe, ensuring your bike is always a good fit for you, and improving your bike’s performance. 

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Tour De France For Dummies

Published 05-27-2005

A plain-English guide to the world's most famous-and grueling-bicycle race Featuring eight-pages of full-color photos from recent Tour de France races, this easy-to-follow, entertaining guide demystifies the history, strategy, rules, techniques, equipment, and competitors in what is arguably the most grueling and intriguing multiday, multistage sporting event in the world. Cowritten by the most popular English-speaking cycling commentator on the planet, this book is great reading for both experienced and the new bicycle racing fans alike.

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