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Old 06-19-08, 09:48 PM   #1
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what gets done for a "tune up"

I'm the proud owner of a new Long Haul Trucker. I was told I should bring my bike back to the shop after a couple hundred miles for a tune up. Since getting the bike home, I've tightened the lose steering cap and stem, adjusted the rear derailleur that wouldn't shift into the lowest sprocket and now adjusted the brakes since I was running out of lever before full braking power was applied. The brakes are cantilever and they weren't applying evenly on both sides, either.

So I'm wondering, what else would the shop do for a check up at 200 miles? I might just do it myself. I have next to no experience with bikes but I'm generally handy with mechanical things.

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The fundamentals would be

1) bearing adjustment
2) wheel truing
3) brake-system adjustment
4) drivetrain adjustment

and of course air tires, lube chain, generally keep one's eyes open for other issues that need attention.
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Thanks very much. I don't know if I'm up to wheel truing yet but that gives me plenty to read up on.
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Stock LHT wheelsets are pretty beefy, so you probably won't have an urgent need to true the wheels yet anyway Incidentally, double-check your crank bolts (that fasten the crankarms to the spindle). 25 ft-lbs is a good blanket recommendation for square-taper cranks.
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I'm the proud owner of a new Long Haul Trucker. I was told I should bring my bike back to the shop after a couple hundred miles for a tune up. Since getting the bike home, I've tightened the lose steering cap and stem, adjusted the rear derailleur that wouldn't shift into the lowest sprocket and now adjusted the brakes since I was running out of lever before full braking power was applied. The brakes are cantilever and they weren't applying evenly on both sides, either.

So I'm wondering, what else would the shop do for a check up at 200 miles? I might just do it myself. I have next to no experience with bikes but I'm generally handy with mechanical things.

Thanks.
You need to ask the shop what they do for a tune up. Post #2 got most of it already, a bolt-check would be nice as well. Especially stuff like crank arm bolts, pedals, stem etc.
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Yeah and I've put them to the test. I'm a clyde++ at almost 300 lbs. I just got the bike but I've beat on them a bit (unintentionally) and they're still fine. I have a 54 so the wheels are 26" and built like a tank.
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