Art of Road Bike Maintenance - Lennard Zinn

Such timing on our last Women's Wednesday article on Zen and the Art of Hair and Bike Maintenance. as the Boulder based Velopress has just released their 4th addition of Art of Road Bike Maintenance by local cycling icon, Lennard Zinn. This book cover's it all whether you want to learn the simple basics like changing a tire or want to know how to patch a tubular, Lennard's got you covered. The illustrations are often and very informative. This book isn't a bike shop killer but it can prevent you from having to take you bike there often for those (duh, I should've known that moments). Just think, if it can prevent just one visit than it pays for itself so you can go back to that bike store and buy a ti bolt kit to reduce the weight of your bike by 40g's!!! Who wouldn't want that? In all seriousness, spring is fast approaching so make a commitment to yourself and your bike to get it ready for spring and keep it working through the summer. Don't worry, you won't be alone, Lennard will be there to guide you.

Want to know more, here is the press release from VeloPress

Boulder, CO, USA - February 21, 2013 - Lennard Zinn has updated his best-selling book Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, the world's most helpful and comprehensive guide to bicycle repair and maintenance. From basic repairs like how to fix a flat tire to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes, Zinn's clearly illustrated guide makes every bicycle repair and maintenance job easy for everyone. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 4th Ed. is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. To preview the book and see what's new, visit

Zinn's friendly step-by-step guide explains the tools needed and how to know when the job's done right. The two-color interior is easy to read-even in a dimly-lit garage or workshop. More than 650 hand-drawn illustrations and exploded parts diagrams show just the right level of detail to lead cyclists through every bicycle repair task.

This smartly organized guide shows how to repair new and old bicycles from top to bottom. In 520 pages, Zinn's guide includes simple instructions for hundreds of bike maintenance and repair jobs:

* Basics: How to fix a flat tire, lube a bicycle chain, adjust the brakes
* Emergency repairs: How to fix a broken chain, tighten loose spokes, repair a bent derailleur
* Easy shifting: How to clean, lube, and adjust shifters and cables for smooth shifting
* Wheels: How to install a new tire, change a cassette, true a wheel, replace broken spokes, build your own wheels
* Overhaul: How to repair pedals, chains and chainrings, saddles, handlebars, stems, headsets, forks
* New tech: How to maintain 11-speed systems, electronic shifters, disc brakes, new bottom bracket formats
* Cyclocross: How to set up a 'cross bike for racing, select the right components, and make quick repairs
* Troubleshooting: How to figure out what's wrong with any bike and fix it

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance makes bicycle repair and maintenance easy, quick, affordable, and fun. With Zinn at your side, you'll know how to keep your bicycle running smoothly for years.

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 4th Ed.
The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide
Lennard Zinn
Paperback with 2-color interior. Charts, tables, and 650 illustrations throughout.
8 ½" x 11", 520 pp., $24.95, 9781934030981

Lennard Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for more than 50 years. A professional frame builder and bike designer, Lennard is also the technical writer for Velo magazine and hosts the popular Q&A column on His other books include Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, Zinn's Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, and The Mountain Bike Owner's Manual. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

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