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How often do you have to tune up your bike?(7 posts)

How often do you have to tune up your bike?CHRoadie
Sep 10, 2003 10:16 AM
I've got a 2003 Trek 5500 with a triple, and it seems like the front derailler needs to be adjusted every few hundred miles. It's getting pretty annoying.

How often does everyone else need to tune up their bikes?
DT friction shifting=never. nmlonebikeroftheapocalypse
Sep 10, 2003 10:29 AM
Sep 10, 2003 11:42 AM
I have to take my levers off and clean the road dirt off them twice a year. 6 speed freewheels are easier to shift than any more cogs. In front, its either the inner ring or the outer one.

As far as wheels, use 32 spoke or better yet, 36, tension all the spokes to the same tension, about middle C, avoid potholes and don't worry about them for a few years.

This has worked superbly well for me.
re: How often do you have to tune up your bike?gtx
Sep 10, 2003 10:35 AM
Your front der should only need to be set up once if done properly. First is the height/angle and the limit screws--once set those should basically never need to be touched again. Then there's the cable tension. This might need to be tweaked once after the innitial cable stretch/housing compression, but that's it. Triples are a bit weirder, especially with STI, but still, it's not rocket science. Sounds like you need to try a different shop.
Barcon friction untouched in three years/4000 milescory
Sep 10, 2003 10:38 AM
The indexing on my other bikes needs an occasional tweak of an adjusting barrel, but nothing like as often as you describe.
Whenever it falls out of key........MR_GRUMPY
Sep 10, 2003 10:51 AM
General cleaning in the winter, minor wheel truing once in the summer, and that's it.
More often than it really needsbimini
Sep 10, 2003 11:26 AM
I never adjust the front, other than when I put in new cables.

On the rear I need to tweek the barrel when changing wheels sets a few clicks and then a click or two now and then when I'm not happy with the shift.

I check the wheel true, once a week and I may give a couple of spokes an 1/8 turn until the wheel is "perfect". I just like a true wheel.

Same with keeping the drive train clean and lubed. I like it to have a certain sound. I'm not happy unless it sounds right.

Tire pressure - every other day. It's got to have the right feel.