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    Good resource?

    I recently got into MTB, and I want to learn from the start about the mechanics, maintenance, and cleaning. In the long run I hope to be able to confidently add my own upgrades, make adjustments, etc.

    Can anyone recommend a good book or resource that I could start with? I've read some good posts on here with great info, but I was hoping to find something that had visuals that I could easily refer to without needing a computer.

    Thanks in advance guys.

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    I believe there is a link to a maintenance and cleaning guide stuck at the top of the Beginners Corner Thread.

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    Pink Bike Tech Tuesdays
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    Park Tool videos
    You can learn much or all you need to know and you are going to benefit on trail from every minute you invest. You will ride harder and longer with proactive maintenance.

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    Thanks guys, I will definitely check them out. If you know of any hardback books/manuals that would be great as well. I like the idea of having something I can easily carry around or read in my spare time.

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    Here's a good book on the mechanical side of things. It's one of my go-to reference books.

    Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: Lennard Zinn, Todd Telander: 9781934030592: Amazon.com: Books

    Here's one of my favorite online resources for more esoteric questions:

    Sheldon Brown-Bicycle Technical Information

    If you want to geek out on skills/training, here's a good book + website:

    Mastering Mountain Bike Skills - 2nd Edition: Brian Lopes, Lee McCormack: 9780736083713: Amazon.com: Books

    https://www.bikejames.com/

    Cheers,

    Rob

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    Thanks Rob, I appreciate the help.

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    looking for the same thing as well. thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by robselina View Post
    Here's a good book on the mechanical side of things. It's one of my go-to reference books.

    Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: Lennard Zinn, Todd Telander: 9781934030592: Amazon.com: Books
    Rob
    I have this book as well. Although I have a an older copy.

    Nothing on Mtn Bike maintenance is really hard if you have tech reference and the right tools.
    Joe
    2003 KHS Alite 4000 26" Hardtail - XC, All mountain, blah blah blah.. I just ride.

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    Good resource?

    Another vote for Zinn and Mastering Mountain Bike Skills. I have both, and recommend them highly.
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