How do learn how to fix your bike? Trial and error is one way, though that could get costly. Essentially, being a good mechanic comes down to having someone teach you the proper way, and then experience in performing the work so it becomes second nature. There is a problem with this for those of us who have chosen careers paths that don’t include the fine art of making bicycles work flawlessly. Time.
Most of us don’t have the time to invest and the last thing a mechanic wants to do on their days off is fix bikes, they’d much rather be riding them. Thankfully, Park Tool have one of the world’s most experienced mechanics on staff so they got him to write a book on all things fixing bikes. The result is the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, Volume 2.
Written by Calvin Jones, the BBB-2 contains step by step instructions on just about everything to do with building and repair bikes with hundreds of detailed photos to illustrate. If you’ve set up your bike cave with all the best tools and just need the knowhow, then Park Tool have literally written the book on bicycle repair. I take a copy of it to any race so that if something goes wrong, I can at least attempt to remedy the situation and keep riding and the number of times this book has saved me the night before a ride or race...
Quite simply the definitive guide to maintain your bike, be it MTB, road, BMX or weird single speed cyclocross bitsa/pub bike.
Updated to include new topics, techniques and equipment. Packed with hundreds of photos and hundreds of procedures, the BBB-2 provides both the novice and veteran mechanic the information needed to perform nearly any repair from trailside repairs to complete overhauls. Written by Park Tool Director of Education Calvin Jones, the Big Blue Book is the perfect reference guide and step-by-step repair manual for nearly any bike, including road, mountain, BMX, and single-speed. We wrote the book on bicycle repair.