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Bicycle!: A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto [Paperback]

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Item description for Bicycle!: A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto by Sam Tracy...

At their finest hours, bikes exist on a level above mere machines, and there's no reason the joy should end when the ride is over.

Bicycle!, written by a working bicycle mechanic, covers -everything you need to know to feed and care for your own swank, two-wheeled ride. This book cuts through the obtuse techno-speak and delivers maintenance clarity with a touch of humor and radicalism while categorically denying mechanics' supposed dreariness. Bicycle! is about encouraging society to learn for themselves how to make their bikes work, not because they have to, but because they want to.

With detailed descriptions of all maintenance tasks and repair situations, clearly illustrated with photographs and drawings, this guide will serve the need for a serious rider's manual. Professional bicycle workers-messengers, mechanics, pedicab drivers-as well as bicycle commuters have been waiting for this book.

Sam Tracy writes about bikes from a practiced Midwestern perspective. He began producing the 'zine Biker Pride at some point in the early 1990s, after being fired from the college newspaper for violating its objectivity rules, and this project was later broadened just enough to become the urban cycling-focused Multiplier 'zine. Having biked through the last 15 snowy winters in Minneapolis, including five as a messenger, Tracy is currently enjoying the warmer weather while wrenching on bikes in San Francisco.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108010  
ISBN13  9781933108018  

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It lives up to its title. But needs an editor.   Aug 31, 2008
"Bicycle!" is truly a manifesto. It's more a declaration of independence than a how-to manual. What is lacking in instructions is made up for in practical advice and knowledge. Tracy says the things you wish a bike mechanic or salesman would tell you when you're at the shop (but of course won't because they want to bilk you out of your money) in regards to what repairs to make, how to make them, and what tools one should purchase. The prose is sometimes too flowery, verbose and rambling and the full page photographs of people riding their bikes around various parts of the world seem like a misuse of page space when illustrations of maintenance are sorely lacking. Tracy needed an editor before this hit the press. It's a good read, but don't buy it. Get it at the library or thumb through it at the bookstore.
Fabulous Book  Jun 15, 2008
Who would have thought a book on Bicycle care would be so much fun?
I thoroughly enjoy the creative descriptions and social commentary.
I understand the disdain of those reviewers who wanted a repair "manual" as this is not a common reference book. Nonetheless a fantastic informative read.
Not just for cyclists  Jul 23, 2007
Manifesto is a wonderful description of how to care for your bike, whether you are a weekend biker and barely know where the handlebars are, or a biker who has built his own wheels and goes through many sets of tires a year. But this book is also interesting to read on its own. The author has a way of helping to make riding a bike a political statement that supports taking care of our planet. For instance, the idea of recycling bike parts instead of throwing them away. It is a small thing until you see the huge piles of bikes that get thrown out each year. This book is offering a solution to this waste. And of course, if you use your bike to get to work or do your shopping, you are not spending anything at the pumps. And all this in a readable, even for the not-really biker, and informative package. Worth a read even if you would rather walk.
NOT a repair maintenance guide & NOT revolutionary!   Jul 13, 2007
This guy is on a giant ego trip and it is painful to be subjected to on so many levels. There is really nothing of value in this book. It won't provide even the simplest information on fixing anything on your bike. It's just propaganda, ramblings, poorly written, poorly executed... POOR all around. He thinks he's special because he bikes through cold winters in MN, well there's a whole ton of east coast and elsewhere riders who battle the cold and don't feel like they should preach to the world about how super cool they are for doing it. I think the book's soul purpose was simply to proliferate Mr. Tracy's self professed awesomeness, perhaps in an effort to acquire some sort of fan club? I can see no other use for this book. Clearly I am not a fan. Save yourself some time, money, and love for your fellow biker and DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
Save your money and look elsewhere  Mar 14, 2007
This book is mainly a flowery description of bicycle components using enough technical jargon to make it incomprehensible to all but professional bicycle mechanics (who probably don't need this book anyway). There are very few pictures of the components described and no easy to follow repair instructions that a novice like myself could use.

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