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The Park Tool School® is taught by your local bicycle retailer, experts in repairing and maintaining bicycles. The Park Tool School® manual is now the BBB-3 Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. The material in the student manual acts as the outline for each session of the clinic, which is augmented by the hands-on demonstration of the instructor.

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The BBB-3 Table of Contents

Chapter 1 — Basic Mechanical Skills
Chapter 2 — Tires & Tubes
Chapter 3 — Rear Sprockets
Chapter 4 — Hubs
Chapter 5 — Wheel Truing
Chapter 6 — Pedals
Chapter 7 — Cranksets
Chapter 8 — Chains
Chapter 9 — Derailleur Systems
Chapter 10 — Internal Gear Systems
Chapter 11 — Caliper Disc Brake Systems
Chapter 12 — Caliper Rim Brake Systems
Chapter 13 — Handlebars, Stems, Saddles, & Seatposts
Chapter 14 — Headsets
Chapter 15 — Frame & Fork
Chapter 16 — Suspension
Chapter 17 — On-Ride Repair
Appendices A–E — Reference Materials

Chapter 1 — Basic Mechanical Skills

  • Threaded Fastener Tension & Torque
  • Lubrication, ThreadLockers, & Cleaners
  • Bearing Systems
  • Diagnosing & Solving Mechanical Problems
  • Tools & Tool Selection
  • Repair Stands
  • Home Shop Setup

Chapter 2 — Tires & Tubes

  • Wheel Removal
  • Removal of Tire & Tube from Rim
  • Inner Tube Inspection
  • Tire Inspection
  • Rim Strip
  • Inner Tube Repair
  • Inner Tube Sealants
  • Tire Liners
  • Temporary Tire Repair with Tire Boot
  • Inner Tube Valves
  • Tire & Tube Sizing
  • Installation of Tire & Tube on Wheel
  • Wheel Installation
  • Tubeless Systems
  • Tubular Tires

Chapter 3 — Rear Sprockets

  • Cassette Sprocket Removal & Installation
  • Freewheel Sprocket Removal & Installation
  • Single-Speed Removal
  • Sprocket Inspection & Cleaning
  • Fixed Gear Sprockets

Chapter 4 — Hubs

  • Hub Bearing Service: Adjustable Cup-and-Cone Type
  • Freehub Removal & Installation
  • Cartridge Bearing Hubs

Chapter 5 — Wheel Truing

  • Wheel Truing Overview
  • Truing Procedures
  • Broken & Damaged Spoke Replacement
  • Wheel Wear, Damage, & Repair

Chapter 6 — Pedals

  • Pedal Removal
  • Pedal Installation
  • Damage to Crank Pedal Threads
  • Pedal Bearing Service

Chapter 7 — Cranksets

  • Crank Types
  • Crank Removal & Installation
  • Bottom Bracket System Types
  • Bottom Bracket Bearing Service for Non-Threaded Shells
  • Bottom Bracket Bearing Service for Threaded Shells
  • Chainrings

Chapter 8 — Chains

  • Chain Sizing for Derailleur Bikes
  • New Chain Installation on Derailleur Bikes
  • Chain Sizing and Tension Adjustment: Two-Sprocket Bicycles
  • Chain Wear and Damage
  • Chain Cleaning
  • Chain Lubrication

Chapter 9 — Derailleur Systems

  • Cable System
  • Shift Levers
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Chainline
  • Derailleur Hanger Alignment & Repair
  • Derailleur Wear & Service
  • Electronic Shift Derailleurs

Chapter 10 — Internal Gear Systems

  • SRAM® DualDrive™
  • SRAM® I-Motion® 9
  • Shimano® Nexus Inter-7®, Nexus Inter-8®, & Alfine® Hubs

Chapter 11 — Caliper Disc Brake Systems

  • Caliper Types
  • Brake Pads
  • Disc Brake Rotors
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Hydraulic Brake Fluid Service
  • Mechanical Disc Brake Systems

Chapter 12 — Caliper Rim Brake Systems

  • Brake Levers
  • Cable System
  • Caliper Rim Brakes

Chapter 13 — Handlebars, Stems, Saddles, & Seatposts

  • Upright Handlebars
  • Drop Style Handlebars (Road Bars)
  • Stems
  • Saddles
  • Seatposts

Chapter 14 — Headsets

  • Headset Types
  • Headset Service
  • Headset Replacement & Installation
  • Fork Steering Column Sizing

Chapter 15 — Frame & Fork

  • Frame Components
  • Frame Construction & Service

Chapter 16 — Suspension

  • Spring Systems
  • Shocks (Dampers)
  • Suspension Linkages
  • Service & Tuning

Chapter 17 — On-Ride Repair

  • Tool Choices
  • Repair Procedures

Appendices A–E — Reference Materials

  • A: Tool List
  • B: Glossary
  • C: Torque Recommendations
  • D: Headset Standards
  • E: Bike Map