The Urban Biking Handbook

Book description

Here is a hardworking, illustrated guide to the cycling lifestyle. It teaches tons of repair and maintenance techniques and skills, framed by spotlights on urban bike culture worldwide.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction: Why Ride Bikes?
  6. Part I: The Ride
    1. Chapter 1: Choosing Your Ride
      1. How-to: New Bike vs. Used Bike
      2. Building a Bike from a Bare Frame
    2. Chapter 2: City Riding
      1. Security
      2. Parking
      3. The Things They Carry: Choosing a Bag
      4. Choosing Your Footwear
      5. Fenders
      6. Riding in Traffic
      7. How-to: Hop a Curb
      8. Riding with a Group
      9. Getting Doored
      10. Scrapes and Crashes
    3. Chapter 3: Urban Outfitting
      1. Bike Clothing
      2. Tools
      3. Safety
    4. Chapter 4: Customization
      1. Getting in the Saddle
      2. How-to: Set Your Seat Height and Angle
      3. Handlebars
      4. How-to: Hack Your Bars
      5. How-to: Change Your Drop Bars for Flat Bars
      6. How-to: Citify a Mountain Bike
      7. Painting Your Bike
      8. Painted and Customized: An Idea Gallery
    5. Chapter 5: The Car-Free Lifestyle
      1. Starting Small: A Car-Free Week
      2. How-to: Go on a Bicycle Date
      3. Taking a Cycling Vacation
  7. Part II: The Bicycle
    1. Chapter 6: Bicycle Anatomy
      1. Frame
      2. Thread and Thread Direction
      3. Cable Actuation
      4. Bearings
      5. The Locknut
      6. Drive Train
      7. Braking
      8. How-to: Adjust Your Brakes
      9. How-to: Get Rid of Brake Squeak
      10. Steering
      11. Sizing
    2. Chapter 7: Frames
      1. Frame Materials
      2. Frame Construction
      3. Geometry
      4. Suspension
      5. Framework: An Idea Gallery
    3. Chapter 8: Tires, Tubes, and Wheels
      1. Tire Components
      2. Evaluating Tires
      3. Clinchers vs. Tubulars vs. Tubeless
      4. Inner Tubes
      5. Tire Pressure
      6. How-to: Fix a Flat
      7. Wheel Components
      8. How-to: True a Wheel
    4. Chapter 9: Bearings and drive train
      1. Hubs
      2. Gear Clusters: Freehub vs. Freewheel
      3. How-to: Repack Loose Ball Bearings
      4. How-to: Adjust the Cones
      5. Headsets and Bottom Brackets
      6. Drive Train
      7. Chain
      8. How-to: Lube Your Chain
      9. How-to: Break Your Chain
      10. Shifters
      11. How-to: Adjust Your Shifters on the Go
      12. How-to: Set Up Your Shifters for the First Time
    5. Chapter 10: Fixed-Gear Fixation
      1. Building a Fixie: An Overview
      2. The Track Hub
      3. How-to: Convert a Geared Bike to a Fixie
      4. Fixie Dust
  8. Part III: The Community
    1. Chapter 11: Bicycle Education Space
      1. Do-It-Together
      2. How-to: Start a Shop
      3. Finding a Space
      4. Finances
      5. Recruiting, Training, and Keeping Volunteers
      6. Building a Community
      7. How-to: Organize a Group Ride
    2. Chapter 12: Bike Hack Profiles and Gallery
      1. Scraper Bikes
      2. Glowing Bike
      3. Choppers
      4. Lowriders and Tall Bikes
      5. Bike Hack Profiles
  9. Glossary
  10. Recommended Reading
  11. Index
  12. About the Author and Cophotographer
  13. Copyright Page

Product information

  • Title: The Urban Biking Handbook
  • Author(s): Charles Haine
  • Release date: August 2011
  • Publisher(s): Quarry Books
  • ISBN: 9781610602181