Park Tool BBB-2 The Big Blue Book Of Bike Repair
A new book on bike repair from the company that wrote the book on bike repair products. Calvin Jones, Education Director at Park Tool, provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for keeping any road or mountain bike running smoothly. From tire repair and derailleur adjustment to wheel truing and bottom bracket replacement, The Big Blue Book of Bike Repair provides both the novice and veteran mechanic with the information needed to perform nearly any repair. Special topics such as tool selection, bike cleaning, and on-the-trail repairs are also covered, and an appendix at the back of the book provides valuable reference materials. Up to date with the latest technology, The Big Blue Book of Bike Repair is packed four hundred photos, as well as repair tips garnered from the author's 30 years as an educator and mechanic.
Pair this book with http://www.sheldonbrown.com/ and you pretty much have the answer to any amateur mechanic question. Get the BBI manual if you want to go really deep down the rabbit hole.
Between a thorough read-through of this book and regular visits to sheldonbrown.com, you will likely be able to solve any problem your bike my throw at you.
If you're tired of running to your local bike shop every time you have a mechanical issue. This book will walk even the beginner cyclist through just about any repair or installation. I especially love how it tells you what tools you'll need before you even start the job.
The Big Blue Book is a must have for the beginner and more advanced diy'er. It gives very detailed info for a lot of different brands of components. In the back it has manufacturer specific torque values. I would definitely recommend this. I went from knowing almost nothing about bikes to repairing a used road bike to full working condition. If you feel you are not very mechanically inclined you may want to buy a more basic book as well.