The Pull: Lennard Zinn

The Pull: Lennard Zinn

On this week’s show, my guest is Lennard Zinn, whose book, Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, has just been released in its sixth edition by VeloPress. Zinn is best known for his work as technical editor for VeloNews, but he joined the magazine more than 20 years ago as a result of his work as a framebuilder. Zinn Cycles has specialized in creating bikes for the big and tall set. If ever I was going to suggest a framebuilder to LeBron James, it would be Lennard Zinn.

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, 6th Ed. by Lennard Zinn

That Zinn’s book title plays on Robert M. Pirsig’s legendary philosophical treatise, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, is no accident. While the similarity between Zinn and Zen was a happy coincidence, Zinn’s evocation of Pirsig’s work has been an important part of what the book imparts to its readers: the need for patience and a love of process, not just the outcome.

Including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, he is the author of five books.



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  1. Harris

    It is funny that you say you would send LeBron James to Leonard, I am pretty sure I read that he built a bike for the Bulls’ center from years ago, Bill Cartwright. And possibly Bill Walton, but I am not nearly as certain.

    1. Author

      I don’t recall all the specific clients I’ve heard about over the years, but at this point he ought to be endorsed by the NBA.

  2. David Savage

    Why would you suggest Zinn over somebody like the folks over at DirtySixer, who have already made a bike for Shaquille O’Neal, who’s probably about as hard a fit as you’re going to get for the big-and-tall set?

    1. Author

      Well, Lennard has been making bikes for really tall riders since the 1980s and I’ve never heard of DirtySixer, so that may have something to do with it.

    1. Author

      Bill is a terrific builder; I don’t thing anyone was attempting to take anything away from him.

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