Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair Bike Book (7th Edition): Complete bicycle maintenance Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide Bike Repair Manual
100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design: The Data Book Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair Bike Book (7th Edition): Complete bicycle maintenance Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide
Bike Repair Manual 100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design: The Data Book Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair Bike Book (7th Edition): Complete bicycle maintenance
Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide Bike Repair Manual 100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design: The Data Book Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair

Bike repair and mechanics

By CycleLEJoG

Bike repair and mechanics

By CycleLEJoG

One of my biggest concerns before setting for my first solo long distance tour was the fear of having a "mechanical", and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. Fear not - it's extremely unlikely to happen! Sure, mechanical issues will happen (I've lost count of how many things I've had go wrong with my bike on my tours!), but with a little knowledge they're almost always straightforward to fix (or at least to make enough of a "bodge-job" such that you can get back on the road & reach a bike shop to get a proper fix!). 

 

These books below may all be too big to carry with you on tour (getting an bike repair app for your phone can be useful as an emergency reference), but they're brilliant for learning a bit before you go. I'd always suggest tinkering with your bike and learning the basics before you set off on a solo tour.

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair

Lennard Zinn

£25.99 £24.69

Zinn's book on bike maintenance are world famous and one's I've have (specifically an earlier version of this one on mountain bike repair) for years and years. Simple to understand and utterly thorough, there's a reason it's so well known and regarded.

Bike Book (7th Edition): Complete bicycle maintenance

Bike Book (7th Edition): Complete bicycle maintenance

James Witts

£25.00 £23.75

I mean, who hasn't heard of the Hayne's manuals?! Forget the ones for fighter jets or Robin Reliant's, this is the one you need for your bike!

Bike Repair Manual

Bike Repair Manual

Chris Sidwells

£9.99

100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design: The Data Book

100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design: The Data Book

Cycling Resources Library

£25.00 £23.75

I've added this to my list for sheer curiosity. Bikes are such simple things, yet incredibly technologically advanced at the same time. As an engineer by training I'm fascinated by how bike technology has changed over the decades, often without us realising. An utterly fascinating read.

This list is part of a wider collection of cycling related books, especially those relevant to cycle touring. Click my logo (top of the page) to view them all!

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