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Old 08-08-14, 05:09 AM
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This will take some time!

Well I finally got my bike! it is a Giant Sedona Dx and the bike is awesome! I finally got to ride it just a little this morning...and while I certainly didn't forget how to ride the bike...I am one wobbly son of a ***! lol...its going to take a while until I feel stead I guess...more just the front wheel tho...I felt like I kept wobbling it.

Also...I need to figure out how to shift lol. There is a right and left thumb shifter...I can't get the right shifter to do anything, and when I press on the left shifter it DOES shift...but it makes a bit of a racket where it is, like the chain is dragging...I'm guessing I'm supposed to do some shifting on the right side as well.......

Goals are also to get bigger tires and a tune up.
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Old 08-08-14, 05:25 AM
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Where, exactly, did you get this bike?
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Old 08-08-14, 05:30 AM
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I bought it off craigslist for a good price considering what these things retail for.
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I can't get the right shifter to do anything, and when I press on the left shifter it DOES shift...but it makes a bit of a racket where it is, like the chain is dragging...I'm guessing I'm supposed to do some shifting on the right side as well.......

Goals are also to get bigger tires and a tune up.
Yes, you definitely need a tune up. As indyfabz asked, where did you get the bike? Was it new from a shop or purchased from a prior owner or on consignment?
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Many bikes you can flip them upside down on the picnic table and play with the shifters and learn a lot more than trying to do it while riding :-).

You may need to be creative on the handle bar end depending on how it is setup (to let it sit in a way that it does not just fall over), but it is not a $7,000 road bike that you would cry if you made a little scratch.

The wobble may be from being in too high a gear and pedaling too slow ?? It will smooth out pretty quickly.

I do not have a bike mechanics work stand yet, but I do have an old bike rack for a car that I put on a table with the arms hanging out over the edge, I can set the bike up on them with the wheels off the ground.

Some folks use two ropes from the garage ceiling to do the same thing.

But many bike shops are very fair on the price of a tune up....and they may spot something they can tweak now that would cause a larger repair bill later if it is not taken care of now.

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Nothing at all wrong with buying a bike via Craigslist and some amazing deals can be found if you're patient. The Sedona DX is a great starter bike!

So, considering the source of the bike, you should definitely swing it by your local bike shop (LBS) and have them give it a once over. Many bike shops will do a basic check-out and tune up for under $50 (at least in my area) and as Bill said, it's well worth it, both from a rideability perspective as well as heading off larger future repairs. While you're there, have them make sure the seat and handlebar positions are set up correctly for you. This will help you get over the wobblies quicker and will make for a much more comfortable ride in the long run.

The Sedona DX is a hybrid/comfort bike and comes standard with 26"x1.95" hybrid style tires which should be good for most everyday use. The bike really isn't a mountain bike per se, but a 1.95" tire width should handle gravel and dirt without much issue. Was there a particular reason you wanted to go even larger, or did the original owner go with a narrower tire than stock? Also, make sure you're properly inflating the tires as under-inflating them will make the bike feel skittish as well.
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Welcome.

You can look at YouTube for videos on how to tune up or go to LBS for a tune up and some lessons on how to shift.

Welcome back to biking.
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It would be well worth the $50 to get it tuned up at the LBS. I think as you become more experience with bikes it would be good to learn how to tune a bike but right now you just need a bike the works right.
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