With almost a million copies of the earlier editions sold, this new and revised edition is likely to prove a best seller.
The concise text is supported by some excellent full colour photographs in a style that has made Haynes manuals world famous. No cyclist can afford to be without a copy of this essential manual
NAME: The BikeBook, Complete bicycle maintenance, 6th Edition
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Mark Story
PUBLISHER: Haynes Publishing
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: bike, bicycle, technology, DIY, workshop manual, road bike, mountain bike, city bike, race bike, man-powered transport
DESCRIPTION: With almost a million copies of the earlier editions sold, this new and revised edition is likely to prove a best seller. The relatively simple engineering of the typical bicycle has always encouraged self maintenance, but it is also true that there is no service industry for bikes to match that supporting other forms of transport and the bike was originally popularised as a low cost method of transport for the masses. As the number of motor vehicles increases in any society, the number of bikes in regular use falls, sometimes dramatically. The bike has however been enjoying a new age of popularity, particularly in the forms of the mountain bike and the city bike. For most of its life, the bike has employed very simple technology. There has been no suspension system of springs and shock absorbers, other than the wire wheels and pneumatic tyres. The pedals have relied on a simple chain drive, often without protection, and the gearing system has been simple and limited. For most of its life, the bicycle has either had no gears or a simple 3 or 5 speed gear system in the rear hub, selected from the handlebars by a cable connection. The exception was the derailleur ‘racing gear system’ which offered more gears at the expense of some added complexity. This has made the bike very easy to maintain and kept costs down. However, the renewed popularity owes much to significant advances in design and technology. One reason for a new edition of this book is the need to cover some of the recent innovations. Modern bikes include some exotic materials to increase strength whilst reducing weight. Carbon fibre and titanium are some of the materials now used to build bike frames where previously the standard was mild steel tubes welded and bolted together. The basic seat may not have changed much but even here new materials have been introduced. Lighting systems have been improved and updated to improve safety at night on busy roads. However, the major changes are in suspension systems, some of which are very sophisticated, and gear systems. This book provides a clear explanation of the technology, the methods of repair and maintenance, the safety equipment and the tools required. The concise text is supported by some excellent full colour photographs in a style that has made Haynes manuals world famous. No cyclist can afford to be without a copy of this essential manual which also provides the information to assist in the selection of the most suitable bike for the riders requirements. This is important because some advanced bikes now cost as much as a motor vehicle, but provide capabilities never before mastered by bikes.