Glenn’s Complete Bicycle Manual

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I got my new book in the mail!

Last year, I purchased the “Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair: For Road and Mountain Bikes.” As the title indicates, it is fairly strictly geared (hehe) towards newer road and mountain bikes. Since I currently own no road or mountain bikes and do not foresee owning any in the near future, I find it’s not as useful to me as I thought it would be (I wish I’d had it when we had the Trek hybrids). Sure there’s the basic stuff that can be applied to any bike, but it conspicuously lacks any information concerning things like coaster brakes and three-speed hubs.

So I dug around on the net trying to find a book that would get me up to speed (I’m just full of em today, folks!) on the kinds of bikes I do currently own and am very likely to keep on owning. On one of the bicycle forums folks were recommending the book, “Glenn’s Complete Bicycle Manual.” When I saw them used at Amazon for about $3 I placed my order right away, and it came in the mail today.

Giving it a quick glance through, I am very impressed. I was surprised at how thick the book is, I guess for $3 I was expecting something much smaller. Inside I see a good deal of talk about coaster brakes and three-speeds. I am very excited about the detailed photographs of different components in various stages of disassembly. The photos are very high quality, and should make figuring these pieces out much easier.

Very pleased with my purchase.

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Welding

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Last year, when I moved back to Missouri. The first job I found was temp labor at a local factory which made metal shelves like you see at big box stores holding product. It was a rough, hot, generally unpleasant job that I left as soon as I started driving the school bus.

My recent conversation with Aaron about bicycle quality made me realize that I picked up a major skill while working there though. I never did learn to weld, but I did learn to spot bad welding. Until Aaron mentioned the bad welds on his Huffy Cranbrook, it had never occurred to me that I should be looking for that kind of thing.

While I hope to never have to do that kind of work ever again, I am thankful that I was able to learn something useful because of it.

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