Reading

In addition to Barnett's Manual, you may want to read more about bicycles and cycling.  Here's some interesting articles, websites, and books.

The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes: From the Velocipede to the Pinarello: The Bicycles that Have Shaped the World by Tom Ambrose

Websites & videos

Register your bicycle against theft for free. North American-wide free bike registry on-line. Created by the tech entrepreneur who made a lot of dough after inventing the X Box. Retired, and then got his expensive bike stolen. Realized that all theft registry systems in existence were only good for individual cities, so he created a continent-wide database for 10 million bikes. Free registration, or, if you want the sticker that goes on your bike to show thieves they shouldn't even bother, the sticker costs $12.   https://project529.com/garage/

Better truing stands, spoke tension gauges & other fine tools. wheelfanatyk.com

Carbon suspension fork, NO moving components to fix. Five year warranty. Less expensive than current X-country racing forks. Available for cross-country (27.5" & 29") , fat bike & cyclocross bikes from Lauf in Iceland.  http://www.laufforks.com  See the Lauf videos on YouTube too.

First there was Sturmey-Archer, then Shimano internal-geared hubs, then Rolloff internal 14s,
and now there's Pinion: Internal gears located in the bottom bracket! You can forget the 12-speed SRAM cassette. The Pinion will never get hung up with a bent derailleur, or need to be re-tuned because you bumped it. Shifting reliability and longevity has arrived. https://pinion.eu/en/

Tire manufacturing video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0P3oQWo22A



Some more specialized tools: Stein tools  http://www.jastein.com/index.htm

Get yourself and your friends better fitted/sized  for a bicycle at Wrench Science: https://www.wrenchscience.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSecure%2fFit%2fHeight.aspx

Without ball bearings, bicycles just would not work. Making them is quite a process!

See how ball bearings are manufactured: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEGx4jpFzo

Not everyone wants to race. See the lightest cargo bike ever. In designer colours. The most modern iteration of the classic Dutch Long John bicycle. http://www.larryvsharry.com

Articles by Smokey Dymny

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Inexpensive Folding Bikes

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