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anybody’s bike book
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One of the few books I bought as a young person and still the best book on bike repair. At least I never had need to look at any other book. It is written in the style of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" by John Muir and, like that book, was continually updated for the life of the author practically.
This book explained things so well that I was able to do all my own repairs as a teenager, including replace brake cables, remove and clean the drive train, take apart the wheel hubs, the bottom bracket, the headset, then clean the bearings and repack with grease and get it all back together.
The book essentially taught me the nuances of fixing anything by telling me how to go about working with tools and mechanical things, what to look out for and all the little details that save frustration like how to lay the bike down on a white towel so you can find all the bearings that pop out when you take the headset apart. It also warns you about things not to attempt like trying to true a wheel to anwhere near perfection.
Other books of the ’70s that lay down the foundation of my DIY life were "The Illustrated Hassle-Free Make Your Own Clothes Book" and "Living Poor With Style" by Ernest Callenbach, author of "Ecotopia". It was later reprinted, "updated" and defanged under the title "Living Cheaply With Style", which makes me wonder what happened to the word "poor".
Books like these were friendly, follksy and subversive in that they encouraged independence from the system. I don’t think the "for dummies" series can come close to how these books empowered me.
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