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A Bit More Than Basic Bicycle Maintenance for the Average Cyclist, at the How to Fix Bikes Sheldon Brown's site has articles on many aspects of bike maintenance The Park Tool website has instructions for most basic repair operations, and their handy bike map is great when you don't know a headset from a handlebar. Bicycle Tutor has videos demonstrating ...
The easiest way to submit data is to right-click on the map and choose "Report a problem". This pops up a small form with a marker. You drag the marker where the problem is, and you pick a category and type something to explain the problem. In a few days, a human being reads it and (assuming he/she agrees) fixes it. For instance, Google Maps would send ...
These two books came highly recommended to me, and together they cover about every bike part your bike may have. (The road bike book doesn't cover "V" style brakes, since they're considered mountain bike parts). Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance
Rails-to-trails, LAB and others are all great groups who do a lot of good, but not necessarily in your area. Like the saying goes, "Think globally, act locally". The best form of advocacy is to ride as much as you can. In the developed world we tend to look at cycling as recreation or a hobby. As such, many participants drive their bike to the place ...
openstreetmap.org is a google map style map built from user supplied data. You can upload GPS tracks and edit the existing map data to add cycle routes or tracks
Showing example is a great way for cycling advocacy. People around me take usage of car for granted. But when they see me riding my bike everyday for working, for shopping or just for the pleasure of cycling, they start to question their behaviour. There is still a long way before they are converted but the seed has been injected in their mind.
Buying from your local bike store that does advocacy, instead of ordering online or buying from Walmart.
There are lots of cycling clubs that are associated with IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association). These clubs often run events and maintain trails. By joining an IMBA club, you'll help support efforts on a regional and national level.
I'd recommend Park Tool's Big Blue Book of Bike Repair. Plenty of pictures and good explanations. This book has made a number of things seem a lot less intimidating. (Moved over from a duplicate question. I can't vote on comments yet, or I'd just +1 to Gabe.)
One of the aspects of Cycling Advocacy is to make cycling more popular. My usual approach to this is to get work colleagues to volunteer to take part in a charity bike ride a few months from now (we usually do the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride in aid of The Christie which is about 60 miles long). Out of the various people who volunteer and do the bike ...
If you want to submit large amounts of data, you might be able to do it using their Base Map Partner Program. I haven't tried this myself. See my answer to the question "Do I have to simply wait for google maps to add cycling directions to my area? Or can I help?".
Slightly silly but... public transport strikes. Preferably in sunny weather!
Perhaps your best option is Gear Finder provided by Bicycling Magazine. They have various bikes organized by type, price, and some sub-details. As for why you don't see the same types of databases that you see for computer products, this is because the people who actually make these things (computer programmers) are much more likely to be interested in ...
BicycleDB is a new bicycle database with advanced filtering options. Filter on: Price Brand Frame Material Gear Type Gear Model Suspension Wheel Size Brake Type Brake Brand Color Gender Year
Although there are great local groups, some things are best addressed by nationwide efforts. The vote in the US Senate over transportation funding - MAP-21 - was publicized and lobbied over by groups like the League of American Cyclists - and I think that was instrumental in getting things changed for the better. This question has answers which include ...
Adventure Cycling Association is a great group. Their nonprofit mission: "to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery."
This website if you've got a more specific question about which bit of your bike you want to maintain!
I use a combination of: The Haynes Bike Book which is like a standard Haynes Manual but for bikes. The Complete Do It Yourself Bike Book by Mel Allwood The Internet Between them the two books tend to give me a thorough step by step breakdown of what needs to be done and what tools I might require, whilst the internet just pads this out (and can ...
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