Reading Materials to learn basic maintenance on older bikes?


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#1
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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Muleman121

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 28, 2012
303
282
Murrieta, United States
#6
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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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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old hotrod

I live for the CABE
Jan 10, 2008
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So Cal
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#10
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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dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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#12
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...
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.
 

old hotrod

I live for the CABE
Jan 10, 2008
1,820
539
So Cal
www.flickr.com
#14
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.
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
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,460
3,424
52
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#15
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
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.
 

2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,506
4,409
Elysium Fields
#18
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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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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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
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Western North carolina
#19
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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