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New Bike checklist (pre-maintenance, routine, etc)?(3 posts)

New Bike checklist (pre-maintenance, routine, etc)?rightsaidfred
Mar 3, 2003 10:49 AM
If you buy a new bike with Shimano 105 equipment, is there anything you should do before riding it? During the ride? After the ride?

Is there a break-in period? Any instructions for this period?

Thanks!
depends on how proficient you are with wrenchingDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 11:37 AM
If you don't do much of your own bike work, I'd recommend taking it back to the shop to get checked out after about 200 miles. By then, the wheels might "untrue" a bit, cables might stretch, throwing off shifting, or things might loosen. They normally offer follow up check-ups for free.

On your own, I'd check wheel trueness, shifting (especially the limit stops), tire pressures, of course, and nearly all bolts on the bike. I'd pay particular attention to the bolts securing brake cables at the calipers, and headset/stem/handlebar bolts.

There isn't much break-in, except cables, which tend to stretch a bit at first. You can usually compensate by lengthening the barrel adjusters, but don't over do it.

Doug
re: New Bike checklist (pre-maintenance, routine, etc)?MrDan
Mar 3, 2003 11:41 AM
You sound green...

Ride the bike hard! You probably have a 30 day tune-up coming... make sure you put it thru its paces before then.

Alot of things loosen up in the first few hundred miles. Just keep on top of everything. Make sure the hub quick releases are tight enough and corner hard. Eventually everything will settle down.

Things to check...
Check wheel bearing adjustment by gripping the rims and pushing it left and right. You should feel no "play" or "mechanical click". With the quick releases just partially clamped (about half way), you should feel some slop. If the slop disappears when the quick release is fully closed, the bearings are just right ... they should spin freely.

Check the headset by standing aside the bike. Apply the front brake and then push and pull on the handle bars quit hard. (Don't need to skid the wheel here...) You should not hear or feel any "play" or "click". Don't be confused if you hear a squeak from the handle bars, though with the advent ofthreadless stems I suppose that's not as prevalent as with quill stems these days!

Keep your tires inflated correctly. Low pressure will cause you to dent/flat a nice new rim. Keep the pressure up. Low pressure also keeps you slow...!

Crank/bottom bracket: test by reaching through the frame and gripping the crank arms - not the pedals. Do every manner of twist pull and otherwise apply pressure that would allow you to feel anything loose. Never ride with a loose crank. Serious damage to rider and crank/BB can result...

Shifting:
Use the adjusters to make sure nothing "gets away". Chain dropping/jamming is annoying, but not fatal unless you let the rear derailer hit the spokes.

Once you're through the break-in, things tend to stay-put forever. You can ride hassle free (except for flats!)

Chain: lube it lightly every few rides. Remove excess by using a rag. A paper towel will do, but actually, paper is pretty abrasive, and lots of little paper fibers will be left behind on the chain...

That's the short list... have fun!