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u/SAeN · 3 pointsr/Velo

> as opposed to 700 watts for a few seconds

Sprint training is difficult to plan and hard to improve, so it's more valuable to get to the finish fresh than to train your sprint. Sprint power is very dependent on genetics. /u/carpediemracing has written about this in a comment recently. Ultimately if you want to be a better sprinter then timing and positioning will benefit you more than raw Watts.

> I hear the weight room is the best place for developing that.

To an extent yes, but remember that the force production during a sprint and the force production during your 10rep max are leagues apart. If you're sprinting at full tilt then at best you'll produce the equivalent force of an equivalent 1 rep/sec (rounded and assuming 120rpm). For this reason it's generally recommended to do plyometrics off the bike and focus on technique when on the bike. Weight training can help with your initial jump if it's low speed, on a gradient or from a standing start, but the nature of power production means you'll never attain huge force production like you would off the bike. You'll never actually attain your best possible force production unless pedal velocity (cadence) is 0. Coggan has written about this with regards to quandrant analysis of the pedal stroke.

If you haven't picked up a copy of Training and Racing with a Power Meter I'd recommend it, even if you do not own a power meter. In fact I'd say he should change the title at this point since it's a better general training utility than it is a power meter handbook (although power is important to understanding your ability).

u/annodomini · 2 pointsr/bicycling

The easiest would be to just go to a local bike shop, ask them what needs to be done, and have them do it.

It sounds like you are interested in getting your hands dirty and doing the work yourself. In that case, the usual advice would be to get to your nearest bike coop, take one of their bike maintenance classes or rent space in their shop and have someone help you out figuring out what you need to do and how to do it. But it looks like your closest bike coop might be in Sacramento, which is a bit of a hike. There is apparently a guy in Chico who is in the process of starting a bike coop, so you might want to try contacting him.

Beyond that, you can try striking out on your own. A few good resources for learning about bike maintenance are Sheldon Brown's website (ignore the crappy 90's style design, he has tons of good information on his site) and the Park Tool website (they have lots of good repair info, and they will sell you all of the tools you might need). If paper is more your thing, then good beginning books would include Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, or the Park Tool book. And I know you've already been redirected to /r/bicycling from AskReddit, but for bike repair questions, /r/bikewrench might be more helpful (check out the sidebar here on /r/bicycling for links to FAQs and other relevant subreddits).

As far as not riding like a douchebag, if you ask 10 cyclists you'll probably get 11 different answers (and if you ask non-cyclists, you will probably get a lot of dangerous advice). There will be endless debates as to whether it's OK to run red lights, whether you should pass on the right or split lanes, whether bike lanes are a good thing or not, whether you should wear a helmet, etc. Some of the more universal tips: ride with lights at night. Don't ride on the sidewalk. Don't be a bike salmon (riding the wrong way in traffic). Be predictable. I find that has some practical tips on safety without getting too much into the endlessly debatable points.

And finally, welcome to cycling! I hope you enjoy it; it can be a lot of fun, get you some exercise without even really trying, and is so much cheaper and less hassle to deal with than driving a car.

u/why-not-zoidberg · 2 pointsr/bicycling

A tool kit (or a good bike multi-tool) is fairly inexpensive, and is incredibly useful for maintaining, repairing, and upgrading bikes. It's not going to directly affect your ride to and from work, buthelp you keep your bike in top condition so that your ride is easy and safe.

Something like this kit, or this one would be a good place to start, and supplement with individual tools as you need them.

A fairly comprehensive multi-tool like this one would also work for infrequent repairs, though they can be somewhat cumbersome to use at times.

Lastly, a good repair book might not be a bad idea. I like Lenard Zinn's Zinn and the Art of (Road/Mountain) Bike Maintenance. However, there are also man great websites and youtube tutorials (park tools has some excellent guides on their site) that will fulfil the same role.

u/kswanton · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Power2Max. I was holding out for the Garmin Vector but gave up waiting. They ended up shipping 6 months after I got my Power2Max. Still, I'm very happy with it. The other bonus for me with the Power2Max is that I was already running a Rotor crank and just needed to replace the spider which kept the power meter to about $1,000 taxes and shipping in. However, replacing the spider on the crank was a feat in and of itself. Brutal. Turns out its something Rotor does not support. - i.e., if you screw up your crank while taking the factory spider off, they won't support you. In the end, it turned out OK. (key: Use a hair dryer to heat the spider up)

It is completely justified. Just for the ability to use it indoors using TrainerRoad makes it worth it by itself (for me). Also, after upgrading my Strava account to premium, all of the additional training features that require a power meter are great.

I've just started reading/following the Training & racing with a power meter as well which I hope brings positive results...

*edit: spelling

u/biciklanto · 18 pointsr/Velo

I think discussions on power meters fit right into the purposes of /r/Velo. Why don't you tell us a little about your riding and training background? How long have you been training, and what sort of goals do you have? Have you read Friel's Training Bible or Allen and Coggan's Training and Racing with a Power Meter?

As far as power meters go, there are a few different types on the market right now (and others will chip in here if i'm forgetting anything, because reasons). Here I'm sorting them from closest to power generation down the driveline:

  • Pedal-based meters measure at the foot, and can measure left and right separately (not a useful measurement...yet.). Examples here include Garmin's Vector pedal system and Look/Polar's Keos. PowerTap will be releasing their P1 pedals this summer as well.
  • Crankarm power meters are newcomers at a lower pricepoint. Stages Power is a left-only power meter that pulled prices down with their introduction of power for $749. Additionally, 4iiiis has released a power meter that is just hitting the market — this is priced insanely competitively, like $350 or something, and it'll be interesting to see if it's a useful player.
  • Next up is crank-based power, and there are a lot of players here. SRM has been considered the gold standard of power, with a price to match, but that is changing. Quarq (from SRAM) is also well known, Power2Max seems to be highly regarded and is very competitively priced, Rotor has a system, and Pioneer Electronics has a new model that's a little pricier but also quite advanced. PowerTap is also releasing a chainring power system this summer.
  • Finishing up is hub-based power with the venerable PowerTap hub, which has been around for about forever and is a known quantity and still a solid value proposition.

    Head on over to DC Rainmaker and check out his reviews, because his is the gold standard on incredibly detailed information on all things electronics. His reviews are excellent, and he's getting a 4iiii unit to review so we'll know how it fairs. That'd be the best option if you're really price sensitive because their pricing promises to massively undercut all the other players on the market.

    So this should be a start.
u/smokescreen1 · 1 pointr/bicycling

I bought an old 12 speed racing Peugeot 3 months ago and I am delighted with it.

Since I live on a steep hill and had not done any kind of exercise in years, I asked a LBS for a solution and they put a mountain freewheel on it. I changed the tires (got bigger tires, good quality) and brake pads, cables and housing myself (some googling and checking my new knowledge at the LBS did the trick).

In other words, I went for the second hand, vintage (but a good make) bike because I was not sure I would stick to biking. With the tires I have, my road bike can handle gravel but certainly not trails with rocks and the likes.

Maybe the friend you borrowed the bike from could help you with a second-hand purchase.

If money is not an issue, put the money into a decent cyclocross bike but go to a reliable shop and discuss your options with them.

Oh... and I bought this book, it has got everything on bike maintenance (it is no rocket science... what is hard is to figure out components compatibility when you want to upgrade an old bike. If you are just maintaining your bike, it is pretty basic).

Unless you live in a very hilly area, basic biking is not that hard: the bike carries your weight. Essentially, you have to keep in mind that you should strive to pedal at a regular cadence and use your gears astutely. Increasing the length of your rides is probably what you are aiming for, if you enjoy the touristy aspect of riding. If you are more into fitness/cardio, well... I don't know (pedal faster, probably).

The only problem I encountered is finding a good saddle (it seems my last purchase might do) and finding raingear that does not make you feel like you are sitting in a hot bath.

u/MrTheorem · 1 pointr/bikedc

The skill I find most useful but non-intuitive is to be able to turn your head over your left shoulder and assess whether it is safe to merge left, for example to get around an obstacle or to prepare for a left turn. I would practice this a lot.

Many posters here mention taking the lane, and other maneuvers. This is part of a school of thought that is both discredited and very useful known as Vehicular Cycling. The bible of Vehicular Cycling is a book called Effective Cycling by John Forester.

Vehicular cycling more or less holds that since most bicycle crashes happen as a part of crossing or turning at intersections, bike lanes make cycling less safe because they introduce more places of potential conflict between bikes and other vehicles. Thus cycling is safest when bicycles act as any other vehicle, for example taking the lane and riding with other traffic.

It is discredited because we now know that cycling becomes safer the more cyclists there are, so that motorists become used to encountering cyclists. The best way to get more cyclists is to have cycling infrastructure like bike lanes. This outweighs the benefit of reducing the points of conflict. (It's also discredited because vehicular cycling presumes that the principles of traffic engineering are good to begin with, but they're profoundly not.)

But if you talk to most experienced urban cyclists, including those who strongly advocate for bike lanes, you'll find that on a personal level most follow the vehicular cycling model. So it's good to familiarize one's self with it.

u/spartacusmaybe · 2 pointsr/cycling

The best way to think of it is this, you can judge your fitness based on a few things: Speed, Heart rate, or watts.
Speed is the simpliest(I'm getting faster! I'm not getting faster.) but it can be effected by a lot; wind, terrain, drafting, aerodynamics, ect.
Heart rate is the next when used with speed(I'm getting faster and my heart rate isn't exploding!) but like speed it can be effected by alot too. Are you sick today, not rested, to much caffeine, along with all the things effecting speed. There is also a lag between effort and heart rate(If you do a 30sec or less effort your heartrate will only see a change near the end or after.
A power meter or watts is the most effective. In short if you are producing more watts, you will be going faster, longer or both. And the things that effect speed does not effect watts. And unlike Heartrate there is little to no lag since it is measuring the effort you are doing.

I'd suggest reading Joel Friel has some great books about using power meters: Training and Racing with a power meter or Powermeter Handbook

u/fuzzo999 · 1 pointr/bicycling

I have this book and it has everything I wanted to know thus far. Plus it is pretty easy to read and understand. Good number of pictures as well if that helps you.
I have found that this channel is a great source also.

There are a few basic tool kits out there that should do the trick for you. Of course, I had to get a few additional tools along the way. I am just starting to learn how to do my own work as well, good luck!

u/sevendayconstant · 2 pointsr/bikewrench

For a derailleur hanger, go here:

I've ordered from them in the past and they were great. They even worked with me to exchange a hanger since I ordered the wrong one. Very painless.

For other parts, I just shop around via Google. Generally I go with Amazon since I have a Prime account but other times shops will pop up with better prices. I've ordered from most of the places /u/TallBobbyB listed (for the US) and have had good results. Probikekit is based in the UK but they usually have pretty great prices too.

If you want to learn how to fix stuff, you can find just about everything you need on Youtube or the Park Tool Website. If you want something to hold in your hands, Lennard Zinn wrote the bible.

u/peppersnail · 3 pointsr/cycling

Try rollers instead of a spinning bike or stationary trainer. They're a lot more interesting to ride, and like any indoor trainer, is great for structured training sessions with a power meter because you can hold a certain power level very consistently (compared to being outside on a real bike).

But yeah, it sounds like you are itching really hard to jump into the deep end. In that case, the power meter will be the best thing you'll ever buy for your bike :) And the FTP test will be one of, if not THE most miserable things you will do on your bike, so learn to embrace the suffering.

EDIT: Here is one of the authoritative books on the subject, and is what I used to learn about all of this stuff:

u/Sasquatch_Squad · 2 pointsr/MTB

I'm no expert mechanic but this is a really good book.

Regular maintenance mostly includes stuff like lubing your chain, keeping everything clean, checking bolt tightness, and making minor adjustments to keep your drivetrain and brakes working smoothly. Occasionally you'll need to do something more in-depth like bleed your hydraulic disc brakes or replace suspension seals - your local shop will be happy to do that stuff if you don't want to mess with it.

u/[deleted] · 5 pointsr/bikewrench

Three suggestions for you:
1- invest in a digital caliper. I got mine from harbor freight for 30 dollars. It will save you a lot of headache and help you know what size part you are looking for.
2- invest in the right tools. It doesn't have to be park tools (although they are really nice). But having the correct bottom bracket tool will save time and headache.
3- Buy the park tools big book of bike repair ( Or zen and the art of bike repair (
These books will become your bible through your builds.
Also, don't hesitate to ask the wonderful community of r/bikewrench.
They answered acouple of my questions really well and quickly.
Good luck and I've posted up a couple of my builds :D (also a big DIY guy myself)
[IMG][/IMG]my mountain bike
[IMG][/IMG]my old commuter bike

u/drnc · 4 pointsr/bicycling

When I first started riding I was in the same position. I was good friends with a guy who'd been riding his whole life. (1) I asked him to teach me. (2) There was a bike shop that did free workshops and I would go to those. (3) Lastly I watched a lot of YouTube videos. (4) I'd also get a book like Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It will be trial and error at first, but eventually the basics become second nature and the more advanced repairs can be done with reference material, patience, and luck. Good luck.

u/lukebox · 3 pointsr/bicycleculture

If you haven't noticed yet, you'll see this reference mentioned everywhere. Because it really is that good. It's exactly how I got started with my first build, and I know at least two others that started the same way. You need to know nothing more, and nothing less than what this man has written. I found that even the parts I didn't understand at first, later made sense after building a bicycle. It's wonderful. Next, check and see if there are any community bike shop cooperatives near you. They're bicycle goldmines, and nearly anyone involved will be happy to give you a hand. Most of them are ran by volunteers. If they didn't want to help you, they wouldn't be there. If you have access to a cooperative shop, and read through some Sheldon Brown, building your first bike is going to be awesome.

If you prefer paper references, I would also suggest this. Another very well written, knowledgeable guide for first time builders/tinkerers.

u/richie_engineer · 3 pointsr/NYCbike

Buy this book - Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. it's under $20 on Amazon. Couple of points:

  1. Amazingly comprehensive. Includes old stuff and new stuff.

  2. A book is great for having when actually wrenching. Way better than trying to scroll on your phone with greasy hands.

  3. All tasks are broken into three levels of difficulty. The first level is for people like you, and you'll be pleasantly surprised how much that covers. Has tool recommendations for each level.

  4. Most tools don't need to be bike specific. A set of Allen keys, needlenose pliers, and an adjustable wrench will get you further than you think.

    Good luck!
u/colinmhayes · 1 pointr/bicycling

Zinn & The Art of Road Bike Maintenance for a book. Sheldon Brown for articles. Against the chainring or crank arm? If chainring, then it sounds like you just need to lube your chain.

In general, it's good to wipe your chain down after a ride using a rag and just pedaling the bike backwards with your hand. When the chain is no longer quiet, it needs lube. Different lubes last different lengths of time, so I can't really give a schedule for this. Riding in the rain is a good way to make the lube go bye-bye. Eventually the chain will need to be cleaned. Some people clean it on the bike with something like the Park Tools contraption, and some take it off. I take it off, clean it, and lube it before I put it back on (unique to the lube I use)

u/SkinII · 1 pointr/cycling

Get a good book on bicycle maintenance. There are lots out there but I like Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. If you're new to the whole thing it might feel overwhelming. Start with simple things like cleaning your drive train. You're probably also short on tools and all the specialized bike tools can get expensive. I'd recommend a starter tool kit from Park Tool. While you're there check out the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. If you think you'll really get into it think about buying a bicycle work stand. It makes working on a bike a whole lot easier which will make you want to do it more often.

u/theclassybass · 1 pointr/cycling

Not sure if this is applicable, but Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is really good. I just picked up a copy and have been slowly making adjustments to my bike. It's really helpful.

There is also one for Mountain Bikes as well, which may better serve you.

u/kachewy · 2 pointsr/Velo

I agree with FastFreire being successful in bike racing is much more than power to weight ratio at FTP. (Although yours is a good start) You may want check out this post on power profiles.

Also I'd recommend checking out a few other resources on bike racing and power.

If you have the funds you may also want to look into getting a coach to help you interpret your power data and lay out a training plan.

u/DaveOnABike · 3 pointsr/bicycling

The Zinn books are a great hard copy reference, as well. I keep the Road and MTB editions in my garage near the tools. Great resources with excellent diagrams and descriptions.

u/_Curious-Guy_ · 1 pointr/bikewrench

>Zinn and the art of mountain bike maintenance

Ha! There is such a thing!

I honestly thought it was a typo for Zen, and there is a billion "Zen and the art of something..." out there, and just figured that was one of those. And I was going to pass on yet again, another philosophy of life outlook. Read one, read them all. LOL.

Cool. Thanks.

u/squizzix · 7 pointsr/whichbike

Finally, something I can answer:

I have two books in my repertoire:

Bike Science 3rd Ed. - This breaks down the physics of what's happening. It goes in depth about materials, history, really everything bike related. It doesn't go into detail about makes and models though.

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance - Where Bike Science is the why, Zinn gets down to brass tacks and gives you useful information on how to fix a bike (note that there is also a Zinn book for Mt. Bikes and triathlon bikes which I haven't read yet...). This is my go-to reference when something goes wrong with my bike. - So I don't know everything about anything but this is the place to do research. SRAM vs Ultegra? Trek vs Cannondale? Someone has already asked the question and it's on BikeForums somewhere. I trust people who've actually ridden/owned a bike I have a question about far more than some online review that was vetted by the manufacturer.

Hope it helps.

u/farrelly · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I have the Shimano A530 on my city/rain bike and they're great. It's nice to have the ability to ride in regular sneakers as well as being able to clip in. Installing pedals is simple as well. No need to bring it to the shop. All you need is a 15mm wrench and some grease (which you can buy at the LBS).

For the most part I work on my own bike with the help of youtube and this book.. I think as long as you're somewhat mechanically inclined, the hardest part about working on your own bike or car is having the guts to just do it. You're likely not going to screw anything up beyond repair.

u/mrswart · 3 pointsr/Velo

Lots of great information in this thread about training with power so far.

Training with power is much more than generating big numbers and showing off to your friends. It's a great tool for tracking your fitness and fatigue over time to make sure you don't over train and peak at the right times. Look into Performance Management Charts and how they are used for training.

Even if you have a coach, you should get this book and read through it.

Also, sign up for TrainingPeaks or learn how to use golden cheetah. TP costs money, is super nice and automated. Strava is a fun toy, but it sucks compared to a real tool like TP.

u/michaelasnider · 1 pointr/everymanshouldknow

Look into getting some reference books, this book is a great one for mountain bike maintenance, and there is also a road bike equivalent.

You'll also need some fairly specialized tools, something like this would be more than enough, but if you get more serious you will want to replace items with the Park Tools equivalent.

You will also need a work stand, but in all honesty I just use something like this, but would not be a great option to work on long term. You will need something that clamps the bike in place, like this Park Tools stand.

TLDR; Bike maintenance requires a decent investment (for a 17 year old) for anything beyond changing a tube.

u/msgr_flaught · 3 pointsr/MTB

All good advice. I second the thought that buying from a shop is better than buying from Dicks or whatever for a lot of reasons, especially if you are a relatively new rider. And that Diamondback does not look that good for actual trailriding. The components on the Felt are just ok, but the Diamondback is not very good. If you are serious about riding I'd suggest trying to get something 1 notch above the Felt, but if that is the price limit that is okay too.

For bike maintenance one of the standard books is: Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance . Although I think you can get by for the most part with the internet these days, it is supposed to be a good book and the author is very knowledgable. For internet resources, there are many, but Park Tool's website has some very good guides available.

u/PigFarmington · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Buy this book: Zinn & the Art of Mt. Bike Maintenance
Best mechanic guide out there. (Take it from me... I'm an ex-mechanic) There's a road bike one too, however much of it is applicable to all bike drive-trains.

One thing I would never skimp on is a quality saddle. Buy a slightly cheaper chain, shifters, whatever... but never settle on a saddle.

You should be able to get a road bike for £500-600. However, it will be entry level so a year or two into it's life (depending no how much you ride) there will be replacements. You could always get a rigid hybrid for the road too if you want to save some money. Here's an example Trek FX Hybrid line

Lights...One thing to know about lights. Unless you're spending $100 on a front light, they're meant so you're seen, not so you can see the road ahead. If you want to see the road, here's an example of what to get Niterider

One final note on a helmet. They all pass the same safety tests. The price increases due to other factors. Comfort of pads and straps, ventilation, etc.

u/cscwian · 3 pointsr/MTB
  • I can't recommend this book enough: Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It taught me so much about bike maintenance and repair, and easily paid for itself the first time I trued wheels on my three bikes going by instructions from it (couldn't stop after just one pair, it was too much fun). So yeah, invest $16 and save lots money down the road.

  • Try as many different kinds of riding as you can. Hit the local trails, go down to a skate park, check out local dirt jumps and the pump track, try yourself at some lighter DH sections. That Trek 3500 should carry you through most of it (I started with a crappy Walmart bike, then moved onto Trek 4300 which proved to be an excellent "real" starting point). I find that my dirt jumping and skatepark background helps immensely when it comes to "flowing" down trails, pumping, jumping over rooty/rocky sections, and overall confidence on the bike. These skills translate directly into freeride riding, DH, AM stuff. Basically, the more you ride, the better you'll get. Added variety speeds up this process quite a bit.
u/modivate · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I'm trying to do more and more of my own repairs as I go. Flats are a non-issue...5 minutes on the side of the road and I'm back in the saddle. I've been slowly buying tools as I need them and the other day got this tool kit in the mail so I could replace a worn out bottom bracket and have some extra tools on hand that I don't have yet. My next project is replacing my gear and brake cables...haven't done that before so it should be interesting. I use this guy for a workstand - it does what it needs to do but it would be nice if it was a bit sturdier. Any time I need to sort out how to fix something I haven't done yet I consult Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, YouTube, and finally /r/bikewrench. I haven't royally screwed anything up yet and I hope to keep it that way!

u/sparklekitteh · 7 pointsr/cycling

For maintenance guide, I really like the Zinn guides. There's one for road bikes and one for mountain bikes, but a lot of the content is the same.

I would also suggest attending a "bike maintenance 101" class. You can often find them through your friendly local bike shop or cycling collective, or sometimes your county DOT will offer them. I took one through the county and learned how to change a flat, adjust brakes and shifters, and clean/lube all the bike parts. It was really helpful!

u/user_name_fail · 7 pointsr/bikewrench

Zinn and the art of Bike Maintenance

Pretty good reference book to have on hand as well.

u/joeharri84 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I picked up this book when I started to get into more complicated repairs. When it came to adjusting brakes and derailleurs and what not, it was trial and error and youtube videos.

In regards to getting a new bike, don't be afraid to go to your lbs and share your concerns. They are going to be able to fit you with a bike that is the best fit for you. As said, you are probably going to need a new wheelset so I'd say try to stay away for your max so you have room to get wheels that are designed to support the extra weight.

u/VplDazzamac · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

YouTube is great for specific. I would also recommend reading Zinn & The art of road bike maintenance for fairly detailed explanations. It also has a fairly good glossary and troubleshooting section.

u/aedrin · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

The sets are generally not recommended because 1) you don't need all the tools right away and 2) you generally don't need half of the tools.

There are only a handful of tools that are really important to have, the rest is to make things easier. And some tools are better left to the LBS (such as a real headset press).

To remove the chain you will need a chain tool (get a quicklink/powerlink while you have the chain off of the wheel, they're much easier). To adjust the wheels, you will need a spoke tool (assuming it isn't bent too much). Replacing a derailleur shouldn't require any special tools (screw drivers, allen keys). Although if you're going to be replacing shifter cable housing having a proper cable cutter (such as the park one) is important. You probably won't need to though. Don't forget cable ends (maybe ask for a few from your LBS).

Also, this has been helpful (and seems quite popular):

The rest you can find out from videos online. There generally isn't anything you can't do yourself (although some pressurized components prevent you from reassembling).

u/CattitudeLatitude · 2 pointsr/bicycling

>pretty puzzling that your mechanic hasn’t dialed it in.

The mechanic I'm usually talking to is a right sweetheart, but he's not been in the job for long. I've seen them checking YouTube-videos for guidance on how to fix everyday tasks on common parts, like the Shimano Tiagra handle assembly. When I think about that, I'm not too surprised over the situation, to be honest.

I never cross chain. I always have the chain on the big ring and small gear, or vice versa. Despite this, the chain rubs. I've bought this book, and will try to see if I can't fix it myself before I turn it in.

u/banjomik · 3 pointsr/DIY

Sheldon Brown's website is going to be better than pretty much any book out there. If you insist on a book, Zinn is pretty solid.

u/kimbo305 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I've found this book to be a great reference:

In my casual experience working with bikes, once you go beyond stuff that's on your multitool, it's all pretty specialized and a tad costly.

Depending on what bike you're building, you might have more in tools than the bike. If you were talking about fabrication because you wanted to make your own tubing or braze your own frame -- sounds like a great long term hobby, but I don't know that I would ride your first self-taught creation.

u/boredcircuits · 12 pointsr/Roadcam

Wow. You just jumped the shark.

> You first said that no Minnesota law requires you to ride as far to the right as practicable, which is the word I used first

No, the word you used is "possible," he pointed out the law actually said "practicable." You're trying to rewrite history.

> then you said that the reason you ride where you do is because no law says you can't

I don't see this statement anywhere. Actually, he explicitly says the conditions under the law where cyclists are allowed to ride where they need to be safe, an explicit acknowledgement of the rights granted by the law.

> every "safer cycling guide" recommends (and you still haven't provided a single source for your claim)

Google it yourself. But I provided you one instead. Tell me where you live and I bet I can find similar guidelines there. See also the book Effective Cycling, a whole book dedicated to the subject.

u/bethelbread · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

I found this source to be very useful in the planning phase as reading and thinking about the different components of the trip steps you through thinking about all that stuff (26" or 700c?, rigid fork or suspension?, panniers or trailer?, hammock, tent or bivy? multi-fuel stove? mail care packages? down or polyester? etc etc).
Also, a GPS is good for piece of mind while hiking - most of the trails I was on were not well marked. Otherwise it's def not needed as directions are always clear - with any map it's impossible to get lost. One road.

u/Clbrosch · 5 pointsr/bikewrench

At this point I would just get a new bottom bracket. If it has run while being able to move like that at all, the bearings and races are going to be completely trashed.
You should be able to get a new one that is compatible with those cranks for cheap.

If you are interested in doing your own repairs now or in the future get a good book like Zinn's art of mountain bike maintenance.

u/treetree888 · 2 pointsr/bicycling

You've gotten links to Sheldon Brown's website. His site is an incredible resource.

Past that, I like Zinn and the Art. He has some great illustrations that really see you through some situations.

Also useful is Park tools webpage. It is basically the BBB (Big Blue Book) in electronic form.
Don't be afraid to spend on tools - they are invaluable. Just use your mechanical intuition, and think things through before doing them.

u/DEDmeat · 0 pointsr/singlespeed

Yeah, I had the same problem when I bought mine. It hurt my back to ride it. I think this is one of the places that racing culture has influenced recreational and utilitarian riding. The forward position is to cut wind and get a full extension of the leg when peddling to fully maximize your speed potential...Which just doesn't matter when you're not a racer.

I fixed my bike by swapping out the short downward angle quill stem with a taller, more upright angle, bought fixie bmx style riser bars that slightly slope backwards and a wider, padded seat. I'm not the fastest rider on the road, but I'm not the slowest either. It doesn't take me any longer to get to work now than it did with the racing style setup and it's a much, much comfier ride. More importantly, I can spend way more time in the saddle, which makes me a stronger, better rider since I'm not in constant pain from the bike beating me up.

This book is what tuned me into racing's impact on cycling as a sport. It's a good read:

u/danecdotal · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

You should be fine with any brand that also makes expensive models. Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc. Their bottom-ranked stuff still needs to be solid and reliable because they have a brand reputation to preserve. The REI branded Co-Op bikes should also be OK. You can also search the internet for reviews of any model bike that interests you.

Buying used is a great way to get started but make sure you educate yourself to ensure you aren't buying someone else's wreck victim / maintenance problems or you can fix them easily. I do my own maintenance and learned pretty much everything I know from a book, Sheldon Brown, Google, and YouTube videos.

u/jon-one · 1 pointr/bicycling

Yep, Sheldon is my go to for answers. I also have Zinn's guide which can be pretty useful as well.

u/DF7 · 3 pointsr/MTB

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is a great resource. Also check out a picture like this and then google "How to install x". You'll find plenty of youtube videos that will help you along the way.

u/taylorfausak · 1 pointr/FixedGearBicycle

I used to think building and truing wheels was some kind of black magic. Then I decided to build my own wheel and it turned out to be pretty simple. I followed in instructions in Zinn's guide with a Park Tool TS-8 truing stand. Now I build and true all my wheels. It's pretty quick, too: about an hour for building and less than five minutes for truing.

u/travissim0 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

If you have the time and a few basic tools, bike maintenance is pretty easy to learn. My copy of Zinn and The Art of Road Bike Maintenance has saved me a lot of money over the years! Also, youtube and r/bikewrench.

u/WhoFartleked · 2 pointsr/triathlon

The industry has really moved toward this as a way away from custom bikes. Once they had a lot of fit data statistics, some of the bigger companies actually adjusted their sizing philosophies, too. There's more to it than height and inseam. has a fit calculator that will have you do the measurements of each joint, etc. That's close but it's not a substitute for a pro fit.

I just (last week) bought a new bike by mail order. Know that if you do this you will have to have some (but honestly not a lot) mechanical ability to put it together and get it running and adjusted.

Check out There's probably a copy at your local public library.

u/TossingCabars · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance and youtube were my best friends when I built up my road bike from a frameset and components (new and used).

u/masturbathon · 1 pointr/MTB

There is tons of info on youtube, but maybe a better place to start is a book like this one.

u/nematoadjr · 5 pointsr/bicycling

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance

I use this one all the time, great and easy to understand.

u/neverabadidea · 3 pointsr/bicycling

This is a great book for beginner's, nice illustrations and it's not too overwhelming.

Made Good has a ton of videos on bike repair.

u/superboots · 1 pointr/Frugal

Heck yes, and in the spirit of this thread, bike tools! So much simpler to learn to do your own maintenance on a bike than on a car. It will save you a chunk of money too.

u/jablan · 0 pointsr/bicycling

I'd recommend you to read "Just Ride" by Grant Petersen. Full of (slightly controversial) wisdom, among other, a lot of it about "racer" traits implied to the rest of us cyclists. Weight craze being one of them.

u/EyeMeantGhandi · 1 pointr/bicycling

Zinn's book has helped me immensely.

Also got a Park Tools toolset with some of the basic tools listed in the first part of Zinn's book, it's worked great so far. My bike is spotless and I clean it every 3 or so rides, takes 10 minutes.

u/odachiman · 1 pointr/bicycling

Get the book Just Ride from your library as it discusses the equipment needed for using a bike to commute. It also has a lot great information for someone new to commuting by bike. It will help keep your budget under control and keep you from getting a wanna be racer bike that wont last.

u/tamoneya · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Considering this is all in build up for IM Chattanooga(longer race and in sept) I would try to find a training plan for IM distance and let that carry you up to half IM in the next 12 weeks. george-bob's suggestion of triradar is good but you can also take a look at and . It isn't so important which plan you pick. Just pick one and try to stay consistent with it.

Also since you just got a power meter and are playing around with it I highly recommend Andrew Coggan's Training and Racing with a Power Meter:

u/SirQuadzilla · 2 pointsr/Velo

Max: 1592w ---- 5s: 1363w ---- 20mins: 345w 4.2w/kg

Played basketball for 15+ years which I would say attributed to my fast twitch muscle fibres.

With structured training you'll see your FTP increase heaps. As others have mentioned, get a copy of Training and Racing with a Power Meter, by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan.

Other option is get a coach which will help heaps too !

u/medievalcraft · 1 pointr/bicycling

I'm reading Effective Cycling by John Forester right now. It's really helpful to teach you how you should be riding with the other uses of roadways (motorists). Forester has experience with cycling over the decades, and knows the legal reasons behind the often inferior cycling infrastructure in the US. It also has useful fix-it instructions.

Otherwise, I picked up Greg LeMond's Complete Book of Bicycling for pennies at a book sale, and while I haven't read it all the way yet, it has some good bike-fit tips.

u/highlandmoo · 1 pointr/bicycling

It's actually not that hard. Aside from cassette/bottom bracket tools you will mainly just need a decent set of Allen (hex) keys and some spanners. A decent pair of cable cutters is probably worth it too if you're going to play around with cables/cable housing.

Sheldon Brown or "Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintence" will get you a very long way. Take the plunge :)

u/iynque · 11 pointsr/bikewrench

I bought a copy of Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance specifically because it includes a sensible list of regular maintenance tasks. It has several lists, like “before every ride,” “after every ride (or three),” “every 1000 miles,” “every 20,000 miles,” and helpful hints about how to know specifically when you need to do certain things, regardless of how many rides or miles you do.

u/c0nsumer · 1 pointr/bikewrench

Doesn't look broken at all; just like you have enough slack on both the brake and shift housing that it was able to pop out of the brake lever and shifter.

If this is happening, along with the other stuff, you likely just need to take your bike to a shop to have a basic tune-up and cable/housing replacement done.

If you want to fix this yourself, buy the book Zinn and the Art of Mountan Bike Maintenance. It'll cover all of these things and put you on a good path to learning how to work on your own bike.

u/AmbassadorOfZleebuhr · 2 pointsr/Rochester

Tryon Bike

Join their wrench club & buy this book:

Ask lots of questions (bike people are nice folks) and try to become self sufficient with basic repairs because it's all pretty simple and walking home sucks!

u/freedomweasel · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Before signing up for any sort of program, buy this book and read it all. During that time, just record your data and ride as your normally do.

I'd highly recommend finding some software other than strava to use as well, it's pretty terrible for analyzing power data, and some of the power charts with Premium are just flat out broken. Personally, I use Training Peaks, but there are other options, and other free options.

u/Ubizubi · 5 pointsr/bikewrench

I really like Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance for most projects. Much easier for me than YouTube videos.

u/UnfitDemosthenes · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I had to replace a rear derailleur one time and Lennard Zinn Art of Road Bike Maintenance was a major help. If you like a quick witty read check out the Bike Snob

u/DidacticPerambulator · 1 pointr/Velo

I'm guessing the book is this, but I would be surprised if that were truly something Coggan had written. It doesn't sound like him.

u/ryethoughts · 1 pointr/bikewrench

This book is a great resource if you want to learn how to work on bikes:
Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

The author is the tech writer for Velonews and he really knows his stuff.

u/mysnna · 1 pointr/bicycling

Can anyone recommend a good bike repair book? I was deciding between these two:

u/fernguts · 5 pointsr/bicycling

I use Zinn & The Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It's great too, and focuses on, ummm... mountain bikes.

u/godzillawasframed · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Do yourself a favor and pick up the 5th edition (just came out) of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.

The cost of the book will pay for itself in repair savings and educate you about tools, parts, and even some safety information. A little knowledge will save you money and frustration.

u/andrewcooke · 30 pointsr/cycling

i think zinn is the standard. but these days you're probably better looking for a video on youtube.

edit: zinn -

u/triggerhappymidget · 11 pointsr/cycling

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is basically the bible of bike repair. Buy that and supplement it with videos on YouTube from Park Tools or GCN.

If you live in a decent sized city, check and see if there's a bike co-op. They usually offer free/low cost repair classes and have a whole bunch of tools so you can see what you like/need.

I'm a Park Tool loyalist and will only buy that brand for 90% of my bike tools (my hex wrenches, tire levers, screwdriver, and fixie chainwhip are not PT). They're more expensive but they're solid and last forever. Can't really go wrong with them.

u/Buzzbait_PocketKnife · 6 pointsr/xbiking

My standby for bike repair information has always been Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance.

I also live by Park Tool videos on YouTube. They're beyond excellent, and there's a video available for just about everything.

u/Myownepitaph · 2 pointsr/MTB

Buy this book:

Read it and you'll never pay a bike mechanic again. I podiumed XC races back in the day on a wheelset I built by hand using what I learned from this book.

u/kinboyatuwo · 1 pointr/bicycling

There are PDF online free and also ereader versions. For the cost I just ordered online.

u/chrisj1 · 1 pointr/bicycling

I find this very good also

u/ethanspitz · 13 pointsr/bikewrench

I started with this. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

Since I got it, I apprenticed at a shop for about a year and I'd consider that book pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of the wheelbuilding section in it, but it's enough to get you through your first wheel. After that you may want to start exploring other methods as I find the one in that book overly time consuming/confusing compared to the one I learned on the shop.

Edit: I read you might be able to find it in your local library, so you could check it out before you buy it or just simply check it out when you need.

u/mzman · 6 pointsr/bikewrench

When I asked a fellow MTBer a couple of years ago he suggested I get this book. It has been quite helpful indeed.

They also wrote a road bike one with the similar title.

u/fidler · 15 pointsr/bicycling

I think Zinn & The Art of Road Bike repair could be useful

u/caipre · 1 pointr/bicycling

Thanks for the advice. I have Zinn as reference for essential tools.

u/djramzy · 6 pointsr/MTB

Just picked up this book:

I don't think there's a thing on my bike I can't fix now. You really need a bike stand and a decent set of tools and you're good to go.

u/Stogiesandsuds · 7 pointsr/bikewrench

Straightforward directions and easy to understand.

u/oookiezooo · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

I have found Zinn's books good for beginners:

Mountain Bikes

Road Bikes

u/PM_ME_YOUR_BlCYCLE · 3 pointsr/MTB

Awesome! Never would have found this gem without Reddit :).

Link for the lazy:

u/snowboardracer · 13 pointsr/Velo

FWIW, I really like this book: Training and Racing with a Power Meter. Your local library might have a copy.

u/x7BZCsP9qFvqiw · 3 pointsr/OkCupid

Do you still have the original chain? This guide might help.

It's a little different for each cable, so I always end up YouTube searching. Park Tool also has a ton of repair resource videos (which is what I linked above). This book is supposedly a really good resource, too, but I haven't bought it yet.

u/BeardedBaldMan · 2 pointsr/bicycling

Here is the book you need

I'd give a commuter bike a self service every month myself checking

  • Chain wear

  • General condition of brakes, tyres, cables

  • Clean and lubricate chain, cassette, chainring etc.

  • Visual inspection for any issues

u/pigcupid · 3 pointsr/bikewrench

Yeah, that is some serious RTFM kinda stuff. In addition to your other suggestions, OP should get the Zinn book, if they really want to dive into bicycle repair.

u/mikedao · 1 pointr/Velo

Before you do that, you might want to read this:

You can use that with this:

And create your own workouts and training plan.

u/avo_cado · 2 pointsr/Rowing

Do you endorse this book?

u/elbombdiggity · 2 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

Did you by chance mean this?

u/Shardrock · 4 pointsr/MTB

you need to buy this, it's worth every penny.

edit: a word

u/hbrianne · 3 pointsr/tourdefrance

I found the book Tour Fever: The Armchair Cyclist's Guide to the Tour de France immensely helpful. I borrowed it from my local library but I'm thinking of purchasing it so I have it handy.

u/Phalangical · 2 pointsr/bikehouston

Just pick up a Zinn book and then start wrenching, covers everything you could possibly want to know. If you want mountain bike specific try this one,

u/mrt416 · 2 pointsr/MTB

I would take it back and have them do some more work on it. I'd avoid using soap/water on the chain unless you plan on putting more lube on it. Also use a soft rag or towel rather than toilet paper. Look into this book, it will help you out a lot.

u/abeardancing · 1 pointr/mechanical_gifs

This book is invaluable if you want to step your game up

u/ppardee · 2 pointsr/cycling

bteske01's answer is spot on. If you want to learn more about all of the things, check out Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance (or the mountain bike version if you have a mountain bike).

u/rbcornhole · 4 pointsr/cycling

And there's an mtb version if that's your flavor. It'll teach you anything you could want to know about working on a bike

u/Fulker01 · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

u/korneel · 1 pointr/bicycling

This is on my list.

u/ap1kenobi · 1 pointr/phillycycling

I started with this book (mine is the older version): Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance

u/vertr · 3 pointsr/cycling

To learn about bikes, riding, and culture or how to fix them?

For maintenance this is a good start (or the MTB version):

u/JoeJoeJoeJoeJoeJoe · 5 pointsr/Velo

Training and Racing with a Power Meter and Cyclist's Training Bible are probably the closest two. Also check out Reading the Race for strategy tips and race craft.

u/s3rious_simon · 2 pointsr/cycling


I gifted this one to my dad. Dunno if there's an english version, though.

u/nquesada92 · 6 pointsr/cycling

zen & the art of road bike maintenance is relatively cheap and is a giant text book of everything you would need to know from basic repairs to finetuning the smallest of parts.

u/straws · 4 pointsr/bikewrench

The standard book that most will refer to is Zinn & the Art of Road Bicycle Maintenance.

As for terminology, AASHTA (as always Sheldon has the answer)

u/Will762 · 1 pointr/MTB

Oil the chain, go through all the gears, buy this book.

u/llama_herder · 4 pointsr/bicycling

Devour this

See if your bike shop has this.

or this.

u/freestylekyle314 · 1 pointr/cycling

I custom build my touring bike with this book. And of course Shelton Brown.

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

u/HaveBikeWillRide · 2 pointsr/cycling

If you're looking for a book, Zinn is hard to beat. Basically the Bible of bike maintenance.

u/talkingwires · 1 pointr/bikewrench

I only briefly flipped through the Mountain Bike edition, but saw that it does cover flat bars and disc brakes, so I'd probably go with that version. Amazon has a preview of the book if you're not sure.

u/timoneer · 1 pointr/bicycling

Just Ride by Grant Petersen. Not specifically about bike commuting, but a good read.

Roads Were Not Built For Cars by Carlton Reid. Talks about the history of bicycles and their impetus for developing national road systems.

Effective Cycling by John Forester. Considered controversial by some in the Cycling community. Right or wrong, I think anyone trying to study city cycling should be familiar with his work.

u/celocanth13 · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Poorly adjusted front derailleur, worn chain rings and worn chain can all cause or contribute to this

u/w33tad1d · 1 pointr/Velo

OP, if you have not yet, please read Training and Racing with a Power Meter. If you have not read it I recommend just reading it through once, even if you start saying "what the hell is this part getting at?" Then once you are done reread it. It makes a ton of sense the second time through when you can see what he is laying ground work for later in the book.

u/esposwimbikerun · 7 pointsr/triathlon

All tri bikes are a pain in the ass. I have a Norcom 2.1 and it's still a pain to work on. Mechanics hate redoing my cables. For the first year I was always having to tweak my brakes. The arm rest pads blow; they're cheap plastic and broke on multiple occasions. By the way - Fuji sucks for warrantied parts...there was an almost 4 week turn around just to get those. I once offered them five times what they were worth sarcastically just to sell them to me and they wouldn't do it. I ended up replacing those pads with aluminum profile design ones this week, but even that wasn't a perfect fit. But yeah, all tri bikes suck to wrench on. If you're going to do tri bike work yourself, order the book Zinn & The Art of Triathlon Bikes off Amazon, it should help.

Edit: Get yourself a torque wrench too.

u/buddahbrot · 6 pointsr/Fahrrad

Für allgemeines Know-How finde ich immer noch die Videos von Park Tool am besten: Alle paar Monate gibts einen Block an Videos, die einen Themenbereich abdecken, z.B. die Schaltung. Aber auch so haben die da ziemlich viel guten content.

Sind sauber produziert, gut aufgebaut und Calvin ist eh der coolste. Hat auch ein Buch über die Fahrradwartung geschrieben:

Werkzeug würde ich mir Stück für Stück zulegen. Das kann schon ordentlich ins Geld gehen, und vieles braucht man nur einmal. Absolute must haves wären für mich:

  • Solider Satz Innensechskant-Schlüssel
  • Reifenheber und Standpumpe
  • Kettenpeitsche + Kassettenabzieher
  • Schraubenzieher
  • Kettennietdrücker