Reading Materials to learn basic maintenance on older bikes?

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 30, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Hey Everybody,

    I am an extreme novice when it comes to bicycle repair and maintenance and wanted to start learning! I would prefer to learn to do this myself rather then take my bikes to a shop. I am interested in recommendations for any useful reading materials that will help me learn repair and maintenance and basic restoration for older bicycles. I just purchased a Glenn's Complete Bicycle Manual and hoping that its a good place to start. All recommendations are welcomed! Thanks everybody, and I hope to find some new materials to dive into! PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I AM A BEGINNER. Thanks!

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    @rustjunkie thank you for those sending all of those links! Super helpful! Its much appreciated!
     
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    I have a pile of repair books if you would prefer something in your hands. Thanks!
     
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  6. #6 Posted Dec 31, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I personally like Glens Manual. It focuses a lot on road bikes but much applies to all bikes. One part I use is the how to lace wheels. It’s good reading and learning. You’re in the right place here on the CABE. I believe this is the most knowledgeable group in the US; and maybe the world!



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  7. #7 Posted Dec 31, 2017

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    The Haynes bicycle manual is what I used to give my rookie mechanics to study.
    Glenns is very good on basic old school technology, but the Haynes bicycle book
    is more up to date, especially on the topic of index shifting
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    @kirk thomas That would be awesome! Ill send you a direct message! Thanks!
     
  10. #10 Posted Dec 31, 2017

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    This site and the large number of experienced collectors in So Cal will answer or have answered any question you can come up with so ask...and being a rookie simply means you will be teased so roll with it and enjoy the ride...we were all rookies once...
     
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  12. #12 Posted Dec 31, 2017

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    Have to agree with that statement entirely @old hotrod, and add that knowledge lies all over The Cabe , not exclusively within the Cali Cartel. Lol, just
    joking guys!
    Seriously the help on here is beyond good.
     
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    Nothing beats just digging in, either. If you've worked on anything else, bicycles are easy. The most difficult thing is the difference in standards.
     
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    I think you completely misunderstood my answer, I was not implying that the Cali Cartel had more exclusive or extensive knowledge than others, what I meant was that he is local to a lot of collectors that he can lean on for advice, face to face rather than on the forum...because as is clearly evident, it is not always easy or clear to communicate with a keyboard...:D
     
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    Apologies @old hotrod, I think you may have misconstrued my response, just a little joke on my part. As you said above, "it is not always easy or clear to communicate with a keyboard....", my attempts at humour evidently so.
    Anyway, a Happy New Year to you sir.
     
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    I figured, hence the smiley face emoji following my sarcastic reply...lol...Happiest of New Years to you too...
     
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  17. #17 Posted Jan 1, 2018

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    Best lesson not in books:

    Get a junk bike if you will be doing restoration on a bike.

    Doesn't have to be a complete bike.
    This is the bike you will use to learn and make mistakes
    on instead of your cool bike that you are trying to bring to life.

    Btw: my first "old" bike, I restored to like "new".
    I got compliments and was asked if it was a replica.
    I realized that for me....I preferred the old look.
    Ever since, all my originals, I just dust, lubricate, and at most,
    change the tires and leave it as is.
    And enjoy the ride.
     
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    A good one is "How to restore your collector bicycle by William Love. Out of print for some time, Scott @ the Cabe bookstore might know where to find one. I got mine from either ebay or Alibris, which is an online network for used books.
     
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    You can have these for $25 plus $10 for the ride. P1250276.JPG P1250279.JPG P1250280.JPG P1250281.JPG P1250282.JPG P1250287.JPG P1250288.JPG P1250291.JPG P1250283.JPG P1250284.JPG P1250278.JPG
     
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