Anybody's Bike Book
Combining easy-to-follow instructions with fun illustrations, this edition includes: new information on cruisers; updated road and mountain bike information; and the familiar part-by-part, system-by-system troubleshooting guide, taking the reader from front forks to rear derailleurs.
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Cuthbertson's book is excellent and I've had my copy since it came out in 1971 and it's more than paid for itself with the three bikes I've owned since. It's common sense and easy to use.
Another reviewer has found fault with the author's advice to take off the foolish brake lever extension. If you're dumb enough to take your hands off the end's of the handle bars where they belong you're dumb enough to leave the extension lever on. All it does is foster bad habits and leave less control of your braking. Also mentioned is being against chain guard removal. That reviewer is confused. ABB's author is referring to the guard which was in place to keep your pants cuff from getting tangled in the sprocket and chain not the one on the rear wheel which keeps the chain from overriding. Cuthbertson's advice is to remove it if troublesome. Again a reviewer is confused about TC's advice on locks. He recommends against leaving it locked outside overnight not against using a lock. If you pay attention and read and re-read Tom's advice you won't become confused too.
I have the edition from 1979 and it's beat all to hell from years of use. ABB has helped me do my own repairs, saved hundreds of $ from bike shops and I still refer to it when I need reminders.
However, the author Tom Cuthbertson, as friendly as his tone is in most of the book cannot help but put in some of his angry bias towards certain things and suggestions which, if followed, can turn out to be big mistakes later on which could hurt instead of help you.
For example: It is suggested that you remove and throw away the horizontal brake levers which is found on most 10 speed style drop down handlebars. Don't follow that advice if you like to ride with your hands on the horizontal part of those handlebars like I do 99.9% of the time. Those levers are crucial to making a quick yield. I followed this advice and got rid of those brake levers and one time almost got into an accident because I couldn't brake in time. (I have put them back on and they have helped me every time.)
TC is also against you having a bike lock and suggests that you just use your eye to watch your bike for security. Yeah. Like my eye is going to stop a thief as I watch him ride away. Get a lock. Use it all the time even if you go into a store for a minute.
The plastic or metal chain guard on the rear wheel. Leave it on. It is not dead weight as TC writes. I was naive enough to take it off as suggested but then more than once the chain jumped my large rear sprocket and damaged the spokes to the point where they got weak and later on broke. (It is a pain in the buttinsky to change a spoke. Prevention is the best cure.)
Lesson learned and now I have one on all my bikes where they will now stay.
If you don't want a biased attitude with bogus and bad advice to go along with bike repairs, get another book where the author leaves their judgements outside.
If you must buy this book for yourself or someone else, proceed with caution.