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Practical Cycling: Equip, Maintain, and Repair Your Bicycle

Firefly Sept. 2023. 192p. ISBN 9780228104407. pap. $19.95. REF
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Passionate cyclist and photographer Belando (Urban Cycling) and avid cyclist and athlete Roussel deliver a detailed manual on bike ownership and enjoyment with a can-do approach to maintenance and repair. Divided into three sections, the guide progresses from bikes and equipment (safety; comfort; choosing a bike) through maintenance to repairs. Adjustment, repair, and maintenance instructions, with input from master bicycle maker Ugo de Rosa, denote difficulty level, tools needed, and expected work time and are paired with unambiguous photographs. A calendar for maintenance tasks, decision trees for diagnosing problems, and extra resources (cycling associations, parts, podcasts, apps) add to usefulness.
VERDICT Interest in outdoor activities remains high. This book is helpful for readers considering a bike purchase or current cyclists looking to interact more with their bikes.
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