No high-tech, spandex-covered, gear-head talk here. This book gives the recreational rider - adult or adolescent - all the information necessary to get out and bike, skate, scooter, or skateboard confidently, safely, and enthusiastically. How do you fix a flat? How much do you need to spend on a bike, a scooter, or in-line skates? How much safety gear is necessary? Do you really need to wear those gel-cushioned bike shorts? From how to select the right size to when to fix it yourself and when it's smarter to take it to a repair shop, Bikes, Scooters, Skates & Boards is the guide everybody will turn to when getting ready to roll out those wheels. Dozens of clear and detailed black-and-white line drawings presented in a concealed wir-o binding make this an easy-to-use reference book. Seasoned bike mechanic Neil Bibbins offers practical advice on how to buy the best set of wheels within your budget, from high-powered, top-of-the-line bikes to department-store scooters. He explains the basics of wheel repair - from how to keep things clean and well lubricated to how to successfully dismantle a gear assembly - and includes the top ten tools you really need to own, where to buy them, and how to use them. An in-depth section on bikes, in-line skates, scooters, and skateboards provides tried-and-true maintenance advice and easy-to-follow instructions for fixing the most common problems of each. The emphasis throughout is on fun and safety. Appendices cover where to go for more information in the library and on-line.