Bicycle!: A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 606 pages
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There is nothing sacrosanct about bike repair. Its pursuit only requires the will to learn. At their finest hours, bikes exist on a level above mere machines, and there's no reason why the joy should end once the ride is over. Bicycle!, written by a die-hard working bicycle mechanic and former courier, offers up everything you need to know to feed and care for your ride, with a bit of bike-versus-car insight on the side. This book cuts through the obtuse techno-speak like a fixed gear through the gridlock, conveying maintenance clarity with humor and radicalism, all the while categorically denying mechanistry's supposed dreariness. Bicycle! encourages any and all to learn the real thrills about autonomy in transportation, not because we have to, but because we want to. With detailed descriptions of all the most useful maintenance tasks and repair scenarios, clearly illustrated, this guide serves the need for a serious rider's manual. Professional bicycle workers - messengers, mechanics, pedi-cab drivers - as well as bicycle commuters have been waiting for this very book.
 

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Contents

TOOLS
1
FRAMES
31
FORKS
45
HEADSETS 51 4 HEADSETS
51
STEMS 68 5 STEMS
68
WHEELS 79 6 WHEELS
79
SEATS 110 7 SEATS
110
HANDLEBARS 122 8 HANDLEBARS
122
BOTTOM BRACKETS 331 11 BOTTOM BRACKETS 12 HUBS 346 12 HUBS
346
BOXING BIKES 369 13 BOXING BIKES 14 FENDERS 377 14 FENDERS
377
WINTER RIDING 382 15 WINTER RIDING 16 ONTHEROAD REPAIRS 393 16 ONTHEROAD REPAIRS 17 SCAVENGING 406 17 SCAVENGI...
406
RUST 410 18 RUST
410
LOCKS 422 19 LOCKS
422
BUILDING YOUR OWN WHEELS 430 20 BUILDING YOUR OWN WHEELS 21 SINGLESPEEDS 461 21 SINGLESPEEDS
461
RECUMBENTS 471 22 RECUMBENTS
471
THE FIXED WHEEL 488 23 THE FIXED WHEEL RESOURCES 519 RESOURCES
519

BRAKES 156 9 BRAKES
156
DRIVETRAINS 215 10 DRIVETRAINS
215
Also Available from Speck Press 523 Also Available from Speck Press Back Cover Material 527 Back Cover Material Index 529 Index
520
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Sam Tracy is the world's most dangerous bicycle mechanic. He wants you to enjoy fixing your bike! He not only wants you to adjust your own bike, he wants you to adjust your attitude! Sam has been a mechanic for 10 years and has written extensively on the social value of bicycles. He has recently relocated to San Francisco from Minneapolis.

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