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    Part Tools Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair.

    Has anyone referanced more that one repair book? I'm getting tired of borrowing my brothers Hanes book and have been thinking about getting the Park BBB 2nd edition. Any input on either of these books would be much appriciated. Also kind of wondering how much additional info/pics the BBB 2nd edition has over the original BBB.

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    I have the park 2nd edition and zinns book.5th edition, zinn's book is far better

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    Mitch - Was wondering if you might elaborate on your comment? Is there anything specific that makes the Zinn's book better? Also I have both mtb and road bike. If I go the Zinn's route, I'd need to purchace two books, correct?

    Thanks

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    In my opinion, if you have access to the intarwebs there's no reason to have a reference book.

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    The only problem with that is that I don't have a computer in my garage, where I do all bike bike fixin stuff. I also don't really like the idea of getting a keyboard all greasy. I have a short memory when it comes to which screw to turn and how far to turn it, so it's helpful for me to have the referance material infront of me vs. running into the house every 2 minutes, which I've done...hate it.

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    One of the best things I've done is buy a cheap laptop (under $100 on eBay) and put it in my basement to use when I'm working on things. I even bought a silicon keyboard cover for it from China for $3.

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    Not a bad idea. What sites to you prefer to use?

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    I mostly use my laptop to look up specs on components, service instructions, and find parts and pars availability. However, I know Park Tool has a good maintenance and repair section on their website, and MTBR is also an excellent resource.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchD View Post
    I have the park 2nd edition and zinns book.5th edition, zinn's book is far better
    Hmmm kinda funny as I found just the opposite. Much prefer the Parks book
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    Watch a video on YouTube to get a general idea of what you're doing, find a step-by-step procedure online (parktool.com, mtbr, etc.), print on paper, bring to garage=problem solved.
    Mountain bikers who don't road ride have no legs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsjulich View Post
    Mitch - Was wondering if you might elaborate on your comment? Is there anything specific that makes the Zinn's book better? Also I have both mtb and road bike. If I go the Zinn's route, I'd need to purchace two books, correct?

    Thanks
    I feel zinns book goes into more elaborate detail and is also geared towards the do it yourselfer. The park book does not flow well for me, an example is the chapter dealing with bottom brackets specificly hollowtech II. Parks book tells you first how to install it, later they tell you how to remove it.The park book only lets you know about Park tools(duh), zinns book lets you know about other brands that are sometimes better ,sometimes not. just my 3 cents worth

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    I think MitchD is right on track.

    I have both books and while the Internets has been my main source of information I do reference the Zinn book from time to time.

    What has worked for me is to get a 3 ring binder and print out various items like Magura bleed procedure, Manitou fork manual, etc and separate the items with plastic sheets.

    If you want to get technical-like a tablet (iPad, lower cost Droid) or a small notebook in the garage is pretty handy to watch reference videos.

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