Bicycle Mechanics - new bicycle check list?
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08-04-09, 05:13 PM
Is there a good list of things to check on a newly built bicycle? I'm having a bicycle built and want to be sure to check everything and not be dazzled by the pretty color. I can think of a few obvious things like shifting all gears cleanly, brakes, no wheel wobbles, etc. The frame is custom, so should I bring a magnifying glass to check the welds and paint?
08-04-09, 05:33 PM
If it's being built-up at a dealership, all will be well when you ride it out the door. Then, as cables stretch (normal) and some bolts settle - you will find what needs attending to. This is why the shop should tell you that if anything isn't right - bring it right back. And, generally, a full tune-up once in the first 6 months is part of the sales agreement. Get the warranty in writing and read it. There may be more things added as well to the binding contract. Read the fine print.
What type and model bicycle are you getting?
08-05-09, 04:59 AM
I can attest to the cable stretch. I bought a new bike bout 2 months ago and already the derailers are clacking, Im assuming its due to cable stretch since it didnt do it at first.
08-05-09, 06:22 AM
I'd suggest taking a friend when you pick it up, preferably a knowledgeable one. Someone who's impartial, won't be dazzled by anything and will help you to look over it carefully before accepting delivery. Bring any defects to the attention of the shop owner, and agree what is to be done about them. Should anything rear its head after you've taken it away, get it straight back, again with a friend, and don't be fobbed off with assurances that "it's normal" and "they all do that." We work hard for our money, and we deserve respect when we spend it.
As for a checklist, you're clearly on the right lines already. Make sure everything is correctly fitted and aligned, and that the transmission operates smoothly. As stated, adjustments will need to be made once cables have stretched, but it should be slick as a snake oil salesman at first. Check the wheel alignment yourself by watching the rims (not the tyres) as they rotate, in relation to the brake blocks. There's a chance tension in the spokes may be relieved as you ride, causing the wheel to go out of true, but the shop can fix that, and it will settle down - it may be fine anyway, but be vigilant. Before leaving the shop, have them help you to adjust the saddle correctly. Wear the sort of attire you plan to ride in. You may feel you'd like the saddle higher after a time. Between picking the bike up and its first service at the shop, ride it carefully and gently. This will allow you to get used to it, but will also mean that any defects which subsequently show up can't legitimately be blamed on your treatment of it.
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