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

We found 41 Reddit comments about Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide. Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.

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

u/I-Am-Keith-Perfetti · 13 pointsr/IWantToLearn
u/sirlearnsalot · 8 pointsr/cycling
u/Stogiesandsuds · 7 pointsr/bikewrench

Straightforward directions and easy to understand.

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/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/[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/planification · 5 pointsr/bicycling
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/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/andrewcooke · 4 pointsr/cycling

> disregard


zinn is a book that's mentioned a fair amount. seconding co-ops.

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/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/jumpshot22 · 3 pointsr/Frugal
u/celocanth13 · 3 pointsr/triathlon

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

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/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/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/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/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/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/elbombdiggity · 2 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle

Did you by chance mean this?

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/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/mysnna · 1 pointr/bicycling

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

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/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/squizzix · 1 pointr/bikewrench

Zinn and the art of road bike maint. Most likely your cable is loose. Or you limit screws are funky. I'm voting for the cable. Shift all the way down, loosen the cable nut and pull it tight. Retighten nut. Go shift. You should be good.

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/qodbtwss · 1 pointr/cycling
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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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!