Note that I’ve not found a good book with repair instructions for hub gears and hub brakes. If anyone has – please leave a comment below!
Total Bike Repair and Maintenance
I’ve yet to find a more complete bike maintenance book than Total Bike Repair and Maintenance. Each repair is thorough, easy to follow and understand. The clear pictures make it easy to see what you should be doing next. This “magbook” should be used as a reference manual for how to do a good bike maintenance book. Buy it!
Park Tool Big Blue Book of Repairs
Most bike shops have got a copy of the Park Tool book lying around somewhere. That’s because it goes in to thorough coverage of many different components. Therefore, if an odd bit of kit enters the shop, it can be used as a great reference manual. It perhaps isn’t the best book for beginners but better for those who have previous experience. The book is well illustrated and repairs are well explained.
Bike maintenance books I’d avoid like the plague
Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance and Bicycle Maintenance and Repair by Todd Downs.
I know the two above will be slightly “controversial” decisions, as they’ve got plenty of loyal fans. When I first started maintaining my bike myself, I picked up a copy of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. Reading it nearly put me off bike maintenance for life!
It was hard to find the right section, instructions were hard to follow and the illustrations didn’t help makes things clear.
I put it in the recycling bin. I have similar feelings about Todd Down’s book.
The Total Bike Maintenance Book: DIY Repairs Made Easy
I love Mel Allwood. Back when I first started maintaining my bike, and was nearly put off for life by Zinn and Todd, I bought a copy of Mel Allwood’s book. I found it much easier to follow. I’ve not yet had the pleasure of taking a look at more recent additions, but I’m sure it has only been improved upon.
To add to the charm of this bicycle maintenance book, the author is a Londoner, working at Brixton Cycles.