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Prep for new roadbike.(3 posts)

Prep for new roadbike.TimW
Apr 21, 2001 6:51 PM
Hi All!

Got back into cycling a couple of years ago and bought a hybrid 'cos here in Vermont I have a few miles of dirt to get to blacktop. Turned out to be a bad idea 'cos a hybrid is, well, a hybrid, and road riding was seriously blah. Finally found a great deal on a Univega Modo Vincere. Replaced the saddle, but in general, what do I need to do to get the bike road ready - Above and beyond the shop stuff. For example, someone told me to use WD40 to clean the chain and re-lube with my regular stuff. Anything else, or any advice?


re: Prep for new roadbike.Akirasho
Apr 21, 2001 7:30 PM
... unsure of an answer to give because your post states it's a "new bike". If this is the case, there's not much more to do maintenence wise except log some miles... wait for the cables to stretch a bit... and readjust them.

I'm one of those who uses WD-40 to clean a chain... that is, after using a water soluable degreasing solvent... I use WD-40 to displace the water I used to rinse the chain... and WD-40 has a mild solvent action as well. Then, after drying the chain, I relube with my regular stuff... Others may disagree, but I've done it this way for years.

Any other prep would probably be associated in dialing in your position on the bike (assuming that it fits in the first place). Again, time in the saddle is your best bet.

Maintenence schedules are subject to a lot of variables so outside the obvious (checking air pressure, tire condition, closing quick releases and brake release, etc.), I can't think of any special tips.

Lastly, enjoy your new ride. Have fun... that's why most of us do it.

Be the bike.
re: Prep for new roadbike.mike mcmahon
Apr 21, 2001 7:34 PM
I don't know what you mean by "above and beyond the shop stuff." Also, I'm assuming you bought the Univega used. If so, you should pull the seat post out, regrease it, and reinstall it. To prevent the seat post freezing in the seat tube, you should re-grease it on a regular basis. Do the same with the (threaded?)stem and, while you're at it, pull the pedals and grease the threads. I wouldn't use WD40 to clean the chain. I use an inexpensive citrus-based cleaner that I picked up in a gallon jug at Home Depot. It works well and is non-toxic and nonflammable. If the bike is new, it should be ready for the road. However, you should check parts for tightness every few rides: chainring bolts, seat binder, etc. I'm sure I've missed plenty, but it's a start.