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Maintenance...what do I need?

Old 07-04-06, 06:02 AM
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Maintenance...what do I need?

I have a Bianchi Vigorelli that I purcahsed 1.5 years ago, bought it brand new. I have just under 5,000 kms on it and am starting to think that I should get the bike in for some preventative maintenance work. I am experiencing no problems with it, have never even had a flat tire. The tires are starting to get a little square so they have probably given me their best days and should be replaced. I have no idea what else needs to be done to the bike. Is there a maintenance checklist that I should follow? Suggestions?
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Old 07-04-06, 07:27 AM
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Ya, too much to go into. Have the shop take a look at it (at least by the end of the year) or get a bike maintenance book and start trying out some of the procedures. Primarily you'll need to check your brakes, chain, bottom bracket (unless they are sealed), hubs, headset, rims (for trueness) and derailleurs. Changing tires is a good first task to learn. You'll be spending some money on tools. Don't cheap out on them if you plan to ride for a long time. You may be able to find a starter toolkit. Some examples http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_id=4218. Park and Pedros are the preferred makes. Spin Doctor is okay for some items but I would stay away from their toolkits. Too many items in the Spin Dr. kits that I would want the Park or Pedros versions to make the kit worthwhile.

These 2 look to have most of what you would need. The more expensive one is really quite nice. If you like mechanical things I'd recommend the more expensive one. If you are unsure, then the cheaper one.

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/commo...247&TextMode=0

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Old 07-04-06, 08:55 AM
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Start with park tools web site. You might fish a bike, with similar style (not quality) parts, out of the garbage and experiment on it first.
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Old 07-04-06, 09:27 AM
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You figured out tires are the number 1 wear item, from there, since the bike is fairly new, concentrate on the drive train, primarily the chain. Have the chain measured for stretch and replace it well before it reaches the limit. A worn chain can ruin the cassette and chainrings and chains are cheap compared good cassettes and chainrings.

After that, look for adjustment issues. Check the headset. First, grab the lower cup and race(where the fork meets the frame) with you thumb and forefinger. Turn the bars and you will feel where the cup and race meet. Now hold down the front brake and rock the bike back and forth with the bars completely imobile. You should feel no movement in the cup/race. If you do, get this fixed ASAP as a loose headset will get ruined very quickly.

If the bike was set up correctly, you shouldn't need to adjust the brakes or ders. If they are ok, leave them. If you are having shifting or braking problems, then get them looked at. Put a drop of oil on every pivot point of the brakes and derailleurs.

As far as bearings go, a bike that lives inside and is ridden in mostly good whether can go years with out repacking bearings, but most recommend once a year or every couple of years.
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Good advice...thanks

Appreciate everyone's advice here. I took the bike into a very good mechanic and he went over it with a fine toothed comb. He was super to talk to and you could tell he has a passion about bikes. I learned a ton in the half hour I spoke with him. He is going to tune it up ,replace my tires,replace my chain (I should have done this before now,just ignorance on my part),give it a bath and have it back to me for a Monday afternoon ride.
I am excited to get it back on the road!!
Thanks again
Tom
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