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Bicycle!: A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto

by Sam Tracy

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Before purchasing this book, note that this is called a manifesto and not a guide or manual. If you want to read Tracy spouting off about his knowledge of bikes, then this is the book for you. If you want to learn how to maintain and repair your bicycle, look for something labeled as a guide or manual, something with lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions. I recommend this book for most general maintenance and repair, although you might want to get the newest edition if your bike has disc brakes and/or a suspension fork. I wouldn't know about that crap because I don't buy new bikes. Otherwise, not much has changed with the bicycle in at least the last 30 years, which is part of its beauty. ( )
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At their finest hours bikes exist on a level above mere machines, and there’s no reason why the joy should end when the ride is over.

Bicycle!, written by a working bicycle mechanic, covers everything you need to know to feed and care for your ride. This book cuts through the obtuse techno-speak and delivers maintenance clarity with a touch of humor and radicalism, while categorically denying mechanistry’s supposed dreariness. Bicycle! is about encouraging society to learn for themselves how to make their bikes work, not because they have to, but because they want to.

With detailed descriptions of all maintenance tasks and repair situations, clearly illustrated with photographs and drawings, this guide will serve 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 book.
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At their finest hours, bikes exist on a level above mere machines, and there's no reason the joy should end when the ride is over. Written by a working bicycle mechanic, this book cuts through the techno-speak and delivers maintenance clarity with a touch of humor and radicalism while categorically denying mechanics' supposed dreariness. Bicycle! is about encouraging society to learn for themselves how to make their bikes work, not because they have to, but because they want to. With detailed descriptions of all maintenance tasks and repair situations, clearly illustrated with photographs and drawings, this guide will serve the need for a serious rider's manual.--From publisher description.… (more)

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