NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Disc brakes do need a good brake in period to work to optimum efficiency, however, they will be fine from the get-go. You should take your bike back in after about 100 miles. The shifter cables will stretch (or settle) into their final position after that period of time. You see these cables are made of small strands of wire wrapped around each other. During the initial break-in period, they tighten around one another and the overall length of the cable increases. You'll notice after a couple of rides that it dosen't shift as smoothly as before, or there is some hesitation going into gear. Also, some of the other nuts and bolts may loosen a little, especially the wheels. The spokes must also settle into position and the wheels may need to be "trued". It'll also take a few rides for your suspension to break-in and become stiction free.
BTW, that's a pretty heavy and inefficient bike for a road ride. It's designed for off-road and big hits. It'll feel like a slug on the road! You'll definately have a hard time keeping up with people on road bikes, but if you're planning on just cruising with some friends you'll be fine. As far as breaking it in, a road ride isn't optimum, but it'll work, b/c you don't do a lot of shifting and braking, you're basically just pedaling at a steady pace. A good easy to intermediate off-road trail will be 10x better. Especially if there are some climbs and varied terrain which forces you to shift gears regularly.
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