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Old 07-18-11, 09:54 PM   #1
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how many miles on anew bike till the first tuneup?

is there a rule of thumb?im approaching 1000 miles and its 6 months old.also how long do tires last.bike is running great.do cables need to be tighter like on a mtb?
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Old 07-18-11, 10:00 PM   #2
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Usually, one takes their bike into the place of purchase after a couple hundred miles or couple months to have all the adjustments checked. Normally, it is included in the purchase price when you got the bike. Yes, cables stretch. How long do tires last? No rule-of-thumb. Depends on the tire, your weight, and how you ride. I'd say you're due for a tune-up, if not overdue. You may want to call your shop first because it might have been "too long" since you purchased it.
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Old 07-18-11, 10:44 PM   #3
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the cables should be tighter than those on a mtb. tigher is better on a roadie. this puts a little more stretch on the cables so that the aerodynamics are maximized.
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Since you're not whining anymore, and probably riding more, probably should get a tune up soon
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Old 07-19-11, 08:19 AM   #5
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I'd say you're due for a tune-up, if not overdue. You may want to call your shop first because it might have been "too long" since you purchased it.
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Old 07-19-11, 09:32 AM   #6
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Since you're not whining anymore, and probably riding more, probably should get a tune up soon
i never said i was done whining.
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they said i have a year
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Old 07-19-11, 09:52 AM   #8
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they said i have a year
If it's still shifting fine and the brakes are still "tight", then wait for some foul weather or a string of days in triple digits. I'd bet if you took it in on a Monday, you'd get it back by the weekend. It is "important" to get that first adjustment service. Normally, it's about a $75-$90 job to have a bike fully tuned up. You're getting it for free. They will also check all the torques on the bolts to make sure nothing has loosened up. That's important from a safety standpoint.
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Get it tuned up now and then again the week before the one year purchase anniversary.
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If everything is still fine now then you must not be riding very often. I had a tuneup done within a week or two on the hybrid i bought and i used it daily...30-50 miles a day. In any case take it in and use the freebie.
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about the tires

You should be inspecting tires on your own frequently. When you go in for the tuneup have the mechanic show what to look for in tire wear and potential trouble spots. Also, it's good to swap front and rear tires about halfway thru tire life.
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I guess you're really not into riding. 1000 miles in 6 months is really not many miles at all. Don't take a bike to a shop to have them turn a barrel a few rotations. It's a waste of time. At the rate you're riding your tires are going to last 5 years.
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the cables should be tighter than those on a mtb. tigher is better on a roadie. this puts a little more stretch on the cables so that the aerodynamics are maximized.
Ok, I assume you're kidding.. Cables... aerodynamics?? I sure hope so.
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You must be due for tune up by now. Is it still shifting smoothly? Breaks ok? Maybe they'll let you watch while it's done so that you are able to learn a bit as to how it's all done, next time you may wish to try it yourself.
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You should be inspecting tires on your own frequently. When you go in for the tuneup have the mechanic show what to look for in tire wear and potential trouble spots. Also, it's good to swap front and rear tires about halfway thru tire life.
I would never do this. During a descent, the last thing I'd want is a worn-out-used-to-be-rear tire to give out on me on my front wheel - all because I was trying to save a couple bucks. What I do is ride the rear until the wear indicators tell me it's about time to replace it, then I swap the front to the rear and put a new tire on the front.
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Old 07-26-11, 03:21 PM   #16
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I guess you're really not into riding. 1000 miles in 6 months is really not many miles at all. Don't take a bike to a shop to have them turn a barrel a few rotations. It's a waste of time. At the rate you're riding your tires are going to last 5 years.
condescending response.sorry id love to ride all day but i have to do this thing called work.amazing to me the amount of time people have on their hands and assume everyone else does too.i rode enough in 6 months to drop 60 points of my cholesterol and stay off meds.i rode enough to to realize my bike components are great and my problem was just getting some experience.rode enough for the wife to say you ever gonna get off that bike?rode enough that the clipless pedals i was gonna toss now seem second nature to me.rode enough that i dont feel a thing for at least 20 miles cardio wise.rode so much the clothes dont embarrass me anymore,in fact ,thank god for those clothes.
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rotate the tires?never knew but thanks
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good idea and logical
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I have found after riding 6700 miles that I like a sticky tire in front and a more durable tire in the back. So I put Conti Ultra Sport on the front and Bontrager Hard case race light on the rear. I just replace each as needed. Just put a new conti on the front after 1500 miles. If you keep a ride log then you can see what you like the best for your type of riding.
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I guess you're really not into riding. 1000 miles in 6 months is really not many miles at all. Don't take a bike to a shop to have them turn a barrel a few rotations. It's a waste of time. At the rate you're riding your tires are going to last 5 years.
I ride more than this, but that was still kind of uncalled for. If I rode to work, and rode home, essentially just commuting, this would be my mileage. I mean, its hard to justify telling someone they don't ride much if they commute using a bicycle no?

As for the OP's question, I had my tuned up after its first 150, then again at about 700. I mean, its free....
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I guess you're really not into riding. 1000 miles in 6 months is really not many miles at all. Don't take a bike to a shop to have them turn a barrel a few rotations. It's a waste of time. At the rate you're riding your tires are going to last 5 years.
I only have time to ride 1000 miles a year. The only way I can find more time to ride is if I give up my pesky job or give up sleeping. Anyway my wife just bought a new bike and the dealer said to bring it in after 200 miles or so, or within a year for the free tune up.
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every 6mo or so is good reminder to check the lil things like cable tension and stuff. rear tires for me last about 1k miles, I'll go through 2 backs to every front ratio. Lube the chain every other week or so or every time in bad weather or if you washed the bike.

most of the tune up stuff you can do your self, watch some youtube videos on it or just pay the $30-$45
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Don't rotate tires. Rear tires wear faster and you do not want to put a worn tire on the front. If a rear tire goes flat it's inconvenient. You might even slide in a corner a little. If a front tire goes flat your steering is affected.
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Don't rotate tires. Rear tires wear faster and you do not want to put a worn tire on the front. If a rear tire goes flat it's inconvenient. You might even slide in a corner a little. If a front tire goes flat your steering is affected.
My routine is something like this:

Put on new tires.
Ride.
Replace rear tire.
Ride.
Replace both tires, retaining best old tire as a spare for the rear if it gets a cut and I can't get a new one immediately.
Ride.
Replace rear tire.
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My routine is something like this:

Put on new tires.
Ride.
Replace rear tire.
Ride.
Replace both tires, retaining best old tire as a spare for the rear if it gets a cut and I can't get a new one immediately.
Ride.
Replace rear tire.
I do the same.

My stock of used tires will slowly grow until my wife says something. Then I'll use them up and start again.
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