Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

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About the Author

Lennard Zinn is the world's leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. He is a world-renowned bicycle technician, frame builder, and tech writer for VELO magazine and VeloNews.com.

Zinn was a member of the U.S. national racing team and has been riding and fixing bikes for nearly 50 years. A professional frame builder for his business Zinn Cycles, Lennard hosts the popular bike tech Q&A column on VeloNews.com.

His best-selling bike maintenance and repair books include Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes, Zinn's Cycling Primer, The Mountain Bike Performance Handbook, and The Mountain Bike Owner's Manual. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.


"Longtime VeloNews technical writer Lennard Zinn's maintenance books are bibles for both pro and amateur wrenches. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is a beast of a book and can help you remedy any problem that might arise while working on a road bike. It's packed with in-depth explanations and useful diagrams. No workbench is complete without it." -- VeloNews magazine

"Lennard Zinn may work for 'the enemy', but we at BikeRadar will be the first to acknowledge his contributions to the dark art of bike fixin'. His bible for the home (and pro) mechanic is now in its fifth edition, with updates covering all the latest tech...There are almost 500 pages in this impressive volume, which is extensively illustrated to help you tackle virtually any bike repair task." -- BikeRadar.com

"Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is the gold standard textbook for aspiring home mechanics. From simple tasks such as fixing a flat tire to advanced overhauls of drivetrains or brakes, this book's step-by-step guides explain the tasks and tools your newbie will need to get the job done right." -- RoadBikeReview.com

"This smartly organized guide shows how to repair new and old bicycles from top to bottom. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is essential cycling gear for all road and cyclocross riders." -- Crossbikereview.com

"Lennard Zinn is an institution in the bicycle world--a legend. Legions of cyclists have learned to repair bikes from him, ridden bicycles he's built, or used his advice as guidance on how to better enjoy the world on two wheels." -- Bicycle Times magazine

"Today's bicycles are complicated machines that can be expensive to maintain and repair. Zinn has written this book to help both the leisure bike rider and expert mechanic handle almost any problem associated with road bikes." -- Library Journal

"Lennard Zinn really is the world's most helpful and comprehensive human when it comes to bicycle repair and maintenance." -- Bike magazine

"Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has instructions on anything an aspiring wrench would want to know. What impresses most is Lennard's overall approach of simplifying a task and reminding us how rewarding it is to perform our own service." -- Podium Café

"Lennard Zinn is a veritable cycling Einstein and, as a naturally gifted teacher, he has the unique ability to explain even the most difficult mechanical task. So unless you currently ride on a high-profile pro team with your own mechanic (and maybe even then), Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is an absolute 'must-have' book." -- Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist, national champion, and Tour de France stage winner

"We often hear that triathletes don't do their own bike maintenance - that we don't know (and don't care) how to wrench our bikes. But as athletes who make a sport of flying our bikes all over the world only to build them back up with just a pair of Allen wrenches, we know all too well how important it is to know the ins and outs of bike care. Your copy of Zinn probably won't be your every day go-to guide for bike care. But on those days when your race steed needs some serious maintenance, or even just when you're proactively researching for a little more knowledge if the worst should strike you on the road far from home - you will be glad you have Zinn in your library." -- AeroGeeks

"Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is simple, easy to follow and the illustrations are magnificent...If you are looking for a bicycle repair manual, get this book." -- Cycloculture

"Lennard Zinn's book might be the work that launched a 1,000 repair projects. Or, at least, it placated many home mechanics when they started cursing skipped shifts or loose headsets." -- Canadian Cycling magazine

"If ever there was a classic text on bike maintenance, this has to be it...Like its predecessors, it goes from super simple right through to complete re-builds. All are explained by a combination of Zinn's unique humour-filled, insightful and clear text, with Todd Telander's brilliant illustrations." -- 220 Triathlon

"Zinn is very good at taking you incrementally through the learning process--whether you are a beginner or expert mechanic." -- Out There Monthly magazine

"There really is no other bicycle repair manual like this. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is very up to date, very clear--thanks to the profuse illustrations--and accurate and comprehensive...And it's all in a very enjoyable format intended to be encouraging and confidence-building." -- USCyclingReport.com

"Now in its fifth edition, this is a telephone directory of a book.There is a wealth of excellent info in this rather large tome... Zinn makes little pre-supposition as to the technical abilities of his readers and it's this aspect that makes you feel that you can manage the majority of the repairs detailed in the book...While the illustrations will help you identify the myriad bits and pieces composing modern-day componentry, it is Lennard Zinn's step-by-step instructions that will get you from broken to fixed in the shortest space of time." -- TheWashingMachinePost.net

"Simple to read and follow, the illustrated, large-format paperback manual features everything from replacing a flat to repairing components. It's a great addition to any new biker's library but offers invaluable advice for experts, too." -- Sports Guide magazine