[Yak] Re: How much work do you do on your bike yourself?
lee at lmlloyd.com
Mon Apr 27 14:58:01 CDT 2009
Oh by the way, I should add, I have already ordered the Park Tools Big Blue
Book, so I can read through and see what is involved with various
On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 12:35 PM, John S. Allen <jsallen at bikexprt.com>wrote:
> At 12:14 PM 4/27/2009, Jym Dyer wrote:
>> > There are much better books these days, and there's tons
>> > of online information, like
>> > , so there's no reason not to go for it.
>> =v= Sheldon Brown is the gold standard for online information:
>> There seems to be no Internet access in Heaven, so he's no
>> longer updating the site, but it's okay if you don't have a
>> cutting-edge bike.
> Harris Cyclery is updating the commercial part of the site, and in time a
> way probably will be find to update the informational part too.
> But Sheldon was skeptical of some of the latest; trendiest and most
> expendable stuff (carbon fiber, low-spoke-count wheels) anyway. He did go
> for real, practical improvements like internally-geared hubs with more
> gears, threadless headsets, index shifting, freehubs and hub generators.
> This is a healthy attitude which I see that Bike Friday largely parallels,
> and which I am happy to recommend to other people. I only wish that
> Sheldon's own health had been as good as his attitude about bicycling
> Similarly, you could do well with a used
>> copy of a bike repair book if your bike isn't brand new -- a
>> good option if you don't want to get grease on your Internet.
>> (I started out with the _Bicycling_magazine_ repair guide,
>> which has lots of photos.)
> Good advice -- and note that there is very little on a bike Friday which is
> so oddball as to require special instructions beyond what are in the manual.
> =v= Another nice thing about the Internet is that you can
>> also enter a part's model number into a search engine and
>> often find the manufacturer's instructions, technical info,
>> and nifty diagrams.
> Yes, very useful and especially, I find, with internal hub gears.
> Sutherland's Handbook also is very useful for mixing and matching
> components from different manufacturers.
> John S. Allen
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