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Old 09-20-05, 02:21 PM   #1
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30 day Checkup Checklist. Please Help.

Hello everyone,
I've only been riding since March 05' & I just bought a Specialized 05' Rockhopper in July. I ride 5 miles everyday & it's time for the old 30 day checkup. My favorite local bike shop (where I bought the bike) is backed up for seven days. I refuse to go this long without riding & want to do it myself. This is my first front suspension fork (It's the cheapy Manitau AXEL) & I have absolutely no idea how to check this thing out. It's not giving me any trouble but I don't know how to trouble shoot it. I've heard they can leak.?? Does it need to be cleaned & lubricated? If so, how often & with what type of cleaner & lubricant?
Is there a general checklist I should follow for checking-up the whole bike? I'm not sure where to even start. Also, what tools should I invest in? I've gotten very into this & could use some good advice from more experienced riders. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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PS - Is 3 in 1 ok for lubricating the chain & gears?
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Old 09-20-05, 02:49 PM   #2
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Hello everyone,
I've only been riding since March 05' & I just bought a Specialized 05' Rockhopper in July. I ride 5 miles everyday & it's time for the old 30 day checkup. My favorite local bike shop (where I bought the bike) is backed up for seven days. I refuse to go this long without riding & want to do it myself. This is my first front suspension fork (It's the cheapy Manitau AXEL) & I have absolutely no idea how to check this thing out. It's not giving me any trouble but I don't know how to trouble shoot it. I've heard they can leak.?? Does it need to be cleaned & lubricated? If so, how often & with what type of cleaner & lubricant?
Is there a general checklist I should follow for checking-up the whole bike? I'm not sure where to even start. Also, what tools should I invest in? I've gotten very into this & could use some good advice from more experienced riders. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

PS - Is 3 in 1 ok for lubricating the chain & gears?
Ask your shop if you can set up an appointment. Many shops are overloaded this time of year with students returning to school, so a week-long backup doesn't come as a surprise. But there's no reason the shop should (or even want to) keep your bike for seven days. It's much preferrable for you and them to set up an appointment so they can have it in and out in one day. And a six pack of beer or other appropriate "gift" will make them really want to take care of you as a customer. Works like magic.
Don't attempt to perform the 30 day service on your own. You won't know what to do. Plus, you may affect your warranty if the bike's initial service isn't performed by an authorized dealer. Have them do it and while you're there buy a service manual. After reading it you can decide how much work you want to do on your own. Then you can invest in the appropriate tools (a must) and start doing home maintenance. Good luck.
PS 3 in 1 is about the LAST choice of chain lubes available to you. Get the appropriate lube when you're there. And don't "lube" the gears -- the cogs and chainwheels. Doing so will only result in attracting dirt, increased wear and a greasy mess to clean up. Only the inside rollers of the chain need lube, so wipe the excess off the side plates. This will result in a cleaner, smoother-operating drivetrain.
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Old 09-20-05, 02:53 PM   #3
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Hmm. Two questions that have both been covered in the last couple of days....

1) here's Trek's take on scheduled maintenance:

http://www2.trekbikes.com/owners_man...chapter_2.html

2) here's all you could want to know about 3-in-1:

3-IN-ONE - It may be worth a try

... but LV2TNDM is right: if you're asking these questions, you should probably let the shop work on your (brand new, still under warranty, but not if you ****** it up) bike.

Let them do the work. Search the forum for "chain lube" or "chain lubrication" or "lubrication." You'll find puh-lenty of opinions there

Good luck.
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Very cool. Thanks for the advice.
Yeah, I was just reading the 3-in-1 thread. I didn't see it before I posted. Very helpful.

Thanks guys
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I don't see why you guys are discouraging him...there's no reason you shouldn't learn how to take care of your bike!

The cable tensioning/chain lube is a snap. Not sure about suspension forks, don't have any experience in this department. I'm sure you can find a guide about suspension forks, I don't think there's much maintenance involved.
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I don't see why you guys are discouraging him...there's no reason you shouldn't learn how to take care of your bike!
Can you say for certain that doing his own work at this point--or failing to return for a 30-day checkup-- wouldn't void his warranty?

That's why I'd discourage him ... for now.
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I am quite proficient at most typical tune up repairs (brakes, shifters, etc.).
My LBS give a 1-yr. free tune ups as needed when needed on a new Lemond bike. I made comment that I felt bad bringing bike in just to tune up derailer alignment (via in line barrel) and the mechanic told me they would much rather do it themselves than have me mess it up as once I messed it up they couldn't cover any warantee repairs. In a year they tuned up half dozen time or more, walk up, no wait and in process provided under warranttee for parts that broke, not wore out: new rear wheel, new chain and beyond brake/derailer adjustment also did F/R hubs, crank, headset, re-wrapped bars, re-fit, etc. Keep in mind LBS gets replacement parts free from bike manufacturer warantee and reimbursed for time spent on repair, so it is good business for them too.

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MAke sure they check the spoke tensions, because they usually loosen in the initial riding period on machine built wheels. This will save on big wheel problems later.
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MAke sure they check the spoke tensions, because they usually loosen in the initial riding period on machine built wheels. This will save on big wheel problems later.
AMEN to that! I had serious issues with my folding bike's rear wheel, most likley because of a lack of attention to the spoke tension. Fortunately it was all fixed-up under warranty.

The one week backup I never understand. Are the mechanics really that busy?? This is why I've (re)learned how to adjust various things like brakes and such.
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