The Chainbreaker Bike Book by Shelly Lynn Jackson and Ethan Clark is a great resource. The first half is a well written, charmingly illustrated, extremely accessible guide to your bike. What’s that doohickey called? How do you fix a flat? What do you do when your gears start to skip? Did you know that it’s actually not that hard to repack your hub bearings or true your wheel? Chainbreaker shows you how to do all of this and more — in a way that makes you believe you can actually do it.
The second half of the book is a series of four cut-and-paste style zines from the early 2000s about being a mechanic at the Plan B community bike shop in New Orleans. Many of the essays are about experiences working at bike projects around the world; others are about what it’s like to be a woman wrench, Critical Mass, being a New Orleans delivery cyclist, bike touring in Guatemala, road riding stories, an interview with a bicycling farmer, and much more…
256 pages, Microcosm Publishing.