Bike Repair and Maintenance

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At first glance, a bicycle appears to be a very simple machine. However, today's bicycles are complex, and for the person who is passionate about cycling, keeping a bicycle in peak operating condition is paramount to fully enjoying their sport.

Idiot's Guides: Bike Repair and Maintenance features 400+ full-color, step-by-step photographs. It will teach riders of all levels how to maintain and repair their own bikes for years of top performance and enjoyment. With coverage for both road and mountain bikes, readers will learn from seasoned technicians not only how to perform all of the most basic (yet essential) maintenance, but also how to perform common repairs on all areas of the bike including the frame, suspension, cranksets, derailleurs, brakes, gears, pedals, shifters, and much more. Content also includes adding functional improvements to the bike, such as adding extra gears.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents iii (1/2)
  2. Contents iii (2/2)
    1. 1 Bike Basics 1
      1. Bike Types 2
      2. Bike Anatomy 4
      3. Setting Up Your Home Workshop 6
      4. The Tools You Need 8
    2. 2 Wheels and Tires 13
      1. Wheel and Tire Anatomy 14
      2. Axle Types 15
      3. Valve Types and Rim Strips 16
      4. Using Quick-Release Skewers 18
      5. Removing Your Wheels 20
      6. Removing a Tire and Punctured Tube 22
      7. Patching a Tube 24
      8. Replacing a Tube and Reinstalling a Tire 26
      9. Working with a Spoke Wrench 28
      10. The Importance of Proper Inflation 30
    3. 3 Brakes 33
      1. Types of Brakes 34
      2. Setting Up Caliper Brakes 36
      3. Setting Up Cantilever Brakes 38
      4. Setting Up Linear Pull Brakes 42
      5. Setting Up Disc Brakes 46
      6. Cable Lube and Maintenance 50
      7. Troubleshooting 52
    4. 4 Shifters and Derailleurs 55
      1. How Shifters and Derailleurs Work 56
      2. Types of Shifters 58
      3. STI Lever Maintenance 60
      4. Cable Housing Differences 62
      5. Shift Cable Maintenance 64
      6. Replacing Shift Cables 66
      7. Adjusting Rear Derailleurs 70
      8. Adjusting Front Derailleurs 72
    5. 5 Freewheels and Cassettes 75
      1. Freewheels Versus Cassettes 76
      2. Lubricating Freewheels and Cassettes 78
      3. Removing and Installing Freewheels 80
      4. Removing and Installing Cassettes 82
      5. Recognizing Worn Cassette Bodies 84
      6. Minimizing Wear and Tear 86
      7. The Differences in Chain Wrap 88
    6. 6 Chains 91
      1. Understanding Chain Differences 92
      2. Cleaning a Chain 94
      3. Lubricating a Chain 96
      4. Replacing a Chain 98 (1/2)
      5. Replacing a Chain 98 (2/2)
      6. Correcting Chain Problems 104
      7. When a Chain Falls Off 106
    7. 7 Hubs 109
      1. The Anatomy of a Hub 110
      2. Sealed-Bearing Versus Loose-Ball Hubs 112
      3. Adjusting Loose-Ball Hubs 114
      4. Measuring Rear Hub Spacing 116
      5. Internally Geared Hubs 118
      6. Wheels with Internally Geared Hubs 120 (1/2)
      7. Wheels with Internally Geared Hubs 120 (2/2)
      8. Checking for Play or Bent Axles 126
    8. 8 Saddles and Seatposts 129
      1. Types of Saddles 130
      2. Adjusting Your Saddle 132
      3. Changing Saddles 134
      4. Seatpost Sizes and Types 138
      5. Seatpost Collars 140
      6. Suspension Seatposts 142
      7. Determining Your Saddle Height 144
      8. The Benefits of Bike Shorts 146
    9. 9 Pedals 149
      1. Getting to Know Pedals 150
      2. The Simplicity of Flat Pedals 152
      3. A Look at Clipless Pedals 154
      4. Types of Clipless Pedals 156
      5. Cycling-Specific Shoes 158
      6. Using a Pedal Wrench 160
      7. Adjusting Pedal Tension 162
      8. Installing and Adjusting Cleats 164
      9. Recognizing Cleat Wear 168
    10. 10 Steering Systems 171
      1. Quill Versus Threadless Stems 172
      2. Handlebar Types and Sizes 174
      3. Headset Types 176
      4. Adjusting Threaded Headsets 178
      5. Adjusting Threadless Headsets 180
      6. Installing Aero Bars 182
      7. Raising Your Handlebars 184
      8. Removing and Rewrapping Handlebar Tape 188
      9. Removing and Installing Mountain Bike Grips 192
      10. Steering System Safety 194
      11. The Benefits of Gloves 196
    11. 11 Frames 199
      1. Types of Frames 200
      2. A Look at Derailleur Hangers 202
      3. Accessory Mounts and Braze-Ons 204
      4. Seat Tube Maintenance 206
      5. Cleaning Your Frame 208
      6. Inspecting Your Frame for Cracks 212
      7. Dealing with Dents and Dings 214
    12. 12 Suspension 217
      1. Cleaning and Lubricating the Suspension 218
      2. Adjusting Sag 220
    13. 13 Cranks and Bottom Brackets 223
      1. Crank Arm Fixing Bolts 224
      2. Removing Crank Arms 226
      3. A Look at Bottom Brackets 230
      4. Measuring the Bottom Bracket Spindle Width 234
      5. Removing and Installing Bottom Brackets 236
      6. Chainring Fixing Bolts 240
      7. Cranksets 242
      8. Recognizing Wear 244
    14. 14 Accessorizing Your Bike 247
      1. Adding Water Bottle Cages248
      2. Installing Frame Pumps 250
      3. Adding Racks 252
      4. Fastening on Fenders 256
      5. Installing Lights 260
      6. Attaching Baskets 262
      7. Mounting Computers 264
      8. Attaching Bags 268
    15. 15 Emergency Road Repairs 273
      1. Fixing a Cut Tire 274
      2. Fixing a Broken Spoke 275
      3. Fixing a Twisted Chain 276
      4. Fixing a Bent Derailleur Hanger 277
    16. Appendix A Glossary 278
    17. Appendix B Maintenance Schedules 282
    18. Index 286 (1/3)
    19. Index 286 (2/3)
    20. Index 286 (3/3)

Product Information

  • Title: Bike Repair and Maintenance
  • Author(s): Christopher Wiggins
  • Release date: June 2014
  • Publisher(s): Alpha
  • ISBN: 9781615645121