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    Just Bought New Bike

    Hey,

    Not sure where to post this.

    I just bought a new bike; I haven't ridden a bicycle in over 10 years. I did some research, tested a bunch, etc.

    Anyways, I just got home w/ the bicycle, and there tires appear dirty/worn. I'm a novice - is this normal? The store had to order the bicycle, and called me as soon as they were done assembling it. Here's a picture of the wheel:



    Erm, so am I getting gypped, or does this just mean they tested it, or do they normally put old tires on new bikes unless you specify, or what? Thanks.

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    It looks like the rubber threads go across the tire where it would hit the road. If that is the case it is a new tire and my guess is that it was just tested. They should of wiped the tire off with a wet rag.

    Is the chain dirty?

    Forget it and enjoy your new bike.
    Enjoy the ride.
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    The rubber "spikes" on the sides of the tire still there so it was likely used for testing. Or they only rode it a straight line.

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    yeah, you still have those rubber spike things on 'em as annc said. this would suggest the tires are brand new. if they test rode the bike for even a mile with doesn't really matter. tires last for thousands of miles.
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    Chain looks spotless, cogs look spotless, I think you're good.

    Enjoy the new bike.
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    Thanks, I am so far! Though looks like I need to go back to the store and buy some new items - I have blisters on my thumbs cause I kept them right at brakes, and also I think I need some of those padded shorts.

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    Congrats on the new bike!! But aren't there more pics?? That's a requirement here, ya know.....to show it off!!
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    Haha, alright:




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    Yeah, the bike still looks new to me. I would bet that it was test-driven by other customers before you.

    I'm sure mine was.
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    Okay, NOW we're talking!! That's a really nice bike you have there! How do you like those brakes? Stops on a dime, huh?
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    that looks cool mate, i got raleighs for most christmas's as my mum worked for moore large in the uk , they sold raleighs, too this day every time i get a new bike or old classic as usualy the case lol, it still feels like christmas day, probably why after all these years i still ride,

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    Sweet bike.
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    Red! Good choice. Everyone knows red bikes are faster

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    Be glad if the shop test rode the bike.

    It means they care enough to deliver a bike in working condition and made sure it was. You'll also have less issues if it's slightly broken in and has been adjusted.






    The shop may also have some sweet jumps behind it...
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    worn

    knobbies on pavement wear quicker than slick or semi-slick tire on pavement,if you ride the bike on pavement all the time you will be lucky to get 1000 miles per tire on the rear,the front tire will last longer,but its also dependent on your weight too,the heavier you are the quicker the rear tires wear.

    Knobbies are made for dirt track riding not road biking,if you ride primarily on the road get slick or semi slick tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychicDog View Post
    Haha, alright:



    OK. Next purchase should be a bike carrier. I dont recommend letting your Raleigh ride without a seat belt, and if it rains, your Raleigh is gonna get wet.

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