The bicycle is an amazing contraption. It costs nothing to power, is good for your body and does no harm to the environment. Most importantly however, it can give you the freedom to travel wherever you would like to go. The bicycle has been constantly evolving throughout its history. It has become more efficient, lighter, and stronger; in addition becoming more suited to a wide range of terrain and more accessible to a broad range of users. This book looks briefly at the history of the mountain bike and basic cycling techniques before taking a detailed and in-depth look into how to service, maintain and repair the modern mountain bike, with step-by-step tutorials throughout.
Peter Ballin has a wide range of experience and interests, from being an accomplished international mountain bike racer and guide, to spending many years working as a bike mechanic in the French Alps. He has appeared in major media publications and worked with professional riders as a mechanic on the world cup circuit. He also worked as a mountain bike trail builder in New Zealand and Canada, and ran his own mountain bike holiday company in the south of Spain.