What, you thought I was done?
- Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance – There are three bicycle books listed here, in order of recommendation. The first two are very good and cover almost everything, but they’re illustrated with b&w photos or line art….useful, but not perfect. The third book isnt as detailed, although still a very good book, but is lavishly illustrated with color photos to show how things are done. If you’re on a tight budget, get the Zinn book, if you can spend a bit more get the Haynes book as well. I’d recommend all three if you can afford it…with these three you should be able to build a bicycle out of nothing but a pile of junked parts.
- The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes – Extremely detailed. Like aMerck Manual for bikes.
- The Bicycle Book (Haynes Automotive Repair Manual Series) – Excellent photos and great details about the specialized tools needed. The book is a bit simpler than the other two, but is an excellent companion to them.
- Cottage Water Systems: An Out-of-the-City Guide to Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification, and Privies - A well-illustrated but basic text on how water systems work…heavy on explanation but not very heavy on how-to. Worth reading before you start trying to dam up the creek and bring water to your BOL.
- The Home Water Supply: How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve It - Much more intensive than the previous book. This one goes into greater detail about interior plumbing and other things not covered in the previous book. Definitely a better choice for it’s overall completeness, but not as well illustrated and not as easy to understand.
- The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems – Includes Branched Drains – Very crunchy…reminds me of a bunch of articles clipped out of Mother Earth News. But, if you can ignore the hippy feel to it, this is a good source of information, with diagrams, on how to dispose of greywater in a manner that isn’t wasteful and winds up saving youw ater in the long run.
I must say, its kind of a pain to pull books off the shelf, look ‘em up on Amazon, link ‘em, put ‘em back, etc. I think I might have to do this in a more orderly fashion..five books, once a week or something…………