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My bike has arrived!!(5 posts)

My bike has arrived!!Kunfoochi
Nov 11, 2002 3:08 PM
I'll try to keep the excitement level down, but my new bike is here, and I can't wait until tomorrow to take it out for a spin. It's the Cinelli Aliante(with Carve Carbon fork and seatsays) with Dura Ace and Bontrager Race Lites I've been talking about.

It arrived in PERFECT condition. The frame/fork looks like it's been used once or twice, not even the 400 miles the seller claims. The components all look brand new(except for the crank, where the Dura Ace symbols are worn out[normal?]) The wheels are brand new as stated, perfectly true and clean. The cassette, chain, and BB are new as well. The shifters are pretty much perfect, no scratches, just a little greasy under the caps. Thomson seatpost in excellent condition, and SLR saddle slightly scuffed up, but not a big deal.

Overall, this is a sweet looking bike, and I think I got a great deal at $1350 shipped. I only have a few concerns.

First, I'm not completely sure how to adjust the headset properly and tighten it.
Second, the Brand new Dura Ace pedals that were part of the deal were actually Brand new SPD-R535 pedals, which I believe are of the 105 line(?).
Third, the Continental GP 3000 tires I had waiting for the bike to arrive state that you need to use them with rims that have "hooks." The Bontragers seem to have a small lip, but I'm not sure if that's what is needed. Anyhow, I managed to get the tires on solely with my thumbs(ouch)m which was a long and painful experience, but I didn't have the heart to bring levers to my new wheels. Are these wheels/tires compatible?

I didn't ask him to, but he also threw in a beaten up set of Speedplay X/2s, and a fairly new Blackburn Air Stix mini pump.

As soon as my sister comes home with her camera, I'll take some pictures and post them. I must say though, the pictures I initially saw do no justice to this bike.

Anyway, please, let me know what you think!!
re: My bike has arrived!!the other Tim
Nov 11, 2002 3:43 PM
Congradualtions!

If there's play in the headset, loosen the stem bolt(s) that attach the stem to the steerer tube until the stem can be rotated. Tighten the adjusting bolt in the top cap 1/8 turn or so. Retighten the stem bolts (ensure that your bars are aligned), and check again for play. Repeat if necessary. Look at http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml for help on many repairs and adjustments.

Yes the PD-R535s are 105 level. Depending on your preference, the Speedplays may make up for the discrepancy, but my favorite pedals are 7701s; personally, I dislike Speedplays, and I wouldn't be happy about getting 535s instead of DA. But it seems like everything else was as promised, so there's probably an explanation. You may be much happier with Speedplays.

The tires are compatible.

Enjoy.
re: My bike has arrived!!collinsc
Nov 11, 2002 3:46 PM
yeah, youre fine with those tires. conti just found a dumb way to describe a standard clincher rim. get yourself some tire levers tho. your fingers will thank you.

shimano cranks routinely get scuffed up. their hollowtech business requires them to be a bit wider and have a larger sort of q factor than the slimmer campy cranks. perfectly normal, sucks but you have to live with it if you use shimano
re: My bike has arrived!!Kunfoochi
Nov 11, 2002 3:49 PM
Yea, but I don't even want to make that big a deal of it, as I think he gave me a good deal? (Or did he?)

As for the tire levers, I have, but every time I use them I scratch my rims, and sometimes pop my tubes, which isn't fun. And these are plastic, not metal levers.
scuffs and leverslaffeaux
Nov 11, 2002 4:21 PM
Some people scuff cranks and others don't. About 1/2 the cranks that I see are scuffed and the others look fine. I think it has to do with if you're foot naturally sticks out or in a bit. A few millimeters of difference is all it takes. Don't worry about it, it does not effect the cranks at all.

As far as the use of tire levers go... Go to your LBS and ask for a lesson on how best to use these. You should not scratch your rim or destroy tubes by using them. If you are you're using them wrong. They seem simple, but if you've never used them, it may not be obvious.