BBB-4 Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair

BBB-4 Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair

January 20, 2020 68 By Kailee Schamberger


Director of Education Calvin Jones
with the Park Tool Company telling you about the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, fourth edition. The BBB-4 is a repair manual to help you
repair, fix, maintain and understand your bike. The BBB-4 contains about 25 percent more information and has been completely revised
from the earlier editions. There’s information on the new bottom bracket standards and their service, the new shifting systems including electronic shifting, brake bleeding and the new systems there, there’s also a chapter on wheel building. Why, in this modern age, with all this free information
on the internet, would you want to buy a book? There is a lot of information on the internet – that is true. But having a book that’s been researched,
that someone’s accountable for, Someone’s gone through
thinking about how to teach this – That is the difference. So although our connections
are often good in the garage, having something thought through, complete, in one place to open up, look at, review, do your repair
and come back to again and again – that’s what the BBB-4 is all about. The BBB-4 really feels in some ways like a lifetime of work. My first bike shop job was in 1972 – young kid in a bike shop. Probably 1980 was where I really started to write for the newsletter for a bicycle club down in Austin Texas, and then just continued from there
writing coaching information for USA Cycling and then also teaching mechanics professionally at a bike repair school. Then to Park Tool as director of education, writing in the websites, writing articles and then writing
the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. It’s important to know how to work on the bike, but explaining that so that someone else
can understand it, it’s really important because it really drills down into you a visceral
knowledge of the concepts and of what you’re doing. So it’s not simply turn the wrench, it’s what the wrench is
doing all along the way. What is it affecting? Fixing your bike doesn’t have to be intimidating. Whether you’re fixing a flat tire, trying to throw on some new cranks, or just getting that bike to shift, the BBB-4 will help you gain the confidence
to fix your bike and your friends’ bikes.