Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 4th Ed.

The World's Bestselling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

Lennard Zinn

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is the world’s best-selling guide to bicycle repair and maintenance. From basic repairs like how to fix a flat tire to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes, Zinn’s clearly illustrated guide makes every bicycle repair and maintenance job easy for everyone.

Zinn’s friendly step-by-step guide explains the tools you’ll need and how to know you’ve done the job right. The two-color interior is easy to read—even in a dimly-lit garage or workshop. Hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations and exploded parts diagrams show just the right level of detail to lead you through every bicycle repair task.

This smartly organized guide shows how to repair new and old bicycles from top to bottom. In 520 pages, Zinn’s guide includes simple instructions for hundreds of bike maintenance and repair jobs:


Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance makes bicycle repair and maintenance easy, quick, affordable, and fun. With Zinn at your side, you’ll know how to keep your bicycling running smoothly for years.

8 ½” x 11″, 520 pp., $24.95, 9781934030981
Paperback with 2-color interior. Charts, tables, and 650 illustrations throughout.

New this edition: New Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra electronic shifting; Shimano 11-speed; all bottom bracket formats (BB90, 92, 94, 386); hydraulic road and ‘cross disc brakes; disc brake forks and wheel building; expanded information on gear selection for carbon wheels; expanded coverage of cyclocross maintenance, repair, and selecting the right gear for race conditions; updated and expanded torque tables and troubleshooting index; illustration index. See the updated table of contents in the sample pdf below.


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Maintenance and Repair
1 Tools
2 Basic Stuff
3 Emergency Repairs
4 The Chain
5 The Shifting System
6 Wheels and Tires
7 Brakes
8 Cranks and Bottom Brackets
9 Pedals
10 Saddles and Seatposts
11 Stems, Handlebars, and Headsets
12 Wheel Building
13 Forks
14 Frames

A Troubleshooting Index
B Gear Chart
C Road Bike Fitting
D Glossary
E Torque Table

Illustration Index
About the Author and Illustrator

Praise for this book 

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.

Velo magazine

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.


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

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

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 really is the world’s most helpful and comprehensive human when it comes to bicycle repair and maintenance.

Bike magazine

When you read Zinn’s books, it’s like he’s sharing secrets from the pro ranks with you… The illustrations in this book are as informative as they are enjoyable to look at. This is a super helpful manual that belongs on every roadie’s workbench.


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.


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.


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.


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