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Tech Help for a newbie???(4 posts)

Tech Help for a newbie???TopGun8614
May 19, 2002 8:13 AM
I was just wondering want type of mechanical work, oiling, cleaning, etc. you do to you bike weekly, monthly dayly and what not. Also what about race day? Thanks
re: Tech Help for a newbie???JamieB
May 19, 2002 8:43 AM
I just lube my chain every couple of weeks and check the tire pressure at least once a week. Otherwise, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Hope this helps....
Pick up "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance"...JBurton
May 19, 2002 4:57 PM
This type of book will be very useful and will give you guidlines on when to do what. I don't have to do as much to my road bike as I do to my mountain bike, even though I ride the road bike more. There is just more wear on the MTB. But, that doesn't mean that I neglect my road bike at all. Use common sense.
re: Prepping for race day.guido
May 19, 2002 10:26 PM
That's when you want absolute confidence in your bike. The only way to have it, is by checking it out to your satisfaction the night before.

Spin the wheels. Are the rims true? Are the brake pads centered? Take each rim and push it side to side. Any clicking noise? Check if the axle has any play, and the quick release is tight. Pluck the spokes. Any dull thuds? Do they all make more or less the same tone?

With the bike on the floor, squeeze the front brake on, and push the bike forward and back. Feel any clicking? The headset is loose. Put the bike on your shoulder and let the front wheel dangle freely. Does it oscillate side to side, in diminishing arcs, eventually stopping in the middle of the arc? Headset is fine. If it doesn't oscillate much, the headset is too tight.

Try to wiggle the crank arms with your hands, and test the snugness of the crank spindle bolts with an allen wrench.

Check the tires for cuts, imbedded glass or gravel. Give the chain a once over with lube. Check the cable ends at the brakes and derailleurs with an allen wrench to make sure they're not loosening.

If you do this every couple of hundred miles, you'll discover problems before they ruin your ride. It's all a matter of knowing your bike, so that when something goes amiss, you aren't totally surprised. Maintenace intervals for the various components will also become evident.