Choosing a bike: different types of bike, correct sizing and setting up. Routine maintenance and repair: lubrication, adjustment, cleaning, repairing punctures, tyre care, chains, cables and brake pads. Braking systems: rim and disc brakes. Drive train: chains, cables, derailleurs, sprockets and cassettes, chainsets, bottom brackets, hub gears, gear shifters. Contact points: saddles, seat posts, bars and stems, pedals, toe clips, straps and clipless pedals. Wheels: adjustable-cone hubs, sealed-bearing hubs, spoke replacement and truing. Frames, forks, steering and suspension: frame materials and design, suspension fork strip and set-up, headset strip, adjustment and replacement, full-suspension bearing replacement. Safety, security and accessories: mudguards, racks, panniers, computers, bells, seatpost bags. Appendix: gear ratios, torque settings, chain types, tyre and rim combinations, Shimano, Sram and Campagnolo compatability, fault-finding.
James Witts is a sports journalist who edited the UK's biggest and best-selling multisport magazine, 220 Triathlon, transforming it from a loss-making publication into one of Immediate Media's most profitable titles.