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Old 04-15-19, 02:42 PM
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New Bike Question


So I got a new bike two weeks ago... Trek Domane SL5. Been loving it.

One of the items that comes with the new bike was a free tuneup/service within 90 days just to work out the kinks or issues with it.

I asked how many miles I should have on the bike when I brought in, and the manager was like 200-300mi before bringing it in.

Ironically I was listening to one of my favorite cycling podcasts today and the two hosts were saying 100mi is the amount. That just doesn’t seem long enough to me?

Now for some folks 100mi might take 90 days. But this week I will probably put 60-80mi on it alone.

So my question is this. The store is right on this right? 200-300mi would be what y’all would do right?

I do plan on making some changes on the bike, changing out the saddle for one.

Also shifting between two particular gears is really loud, gonna have them check that.

Lastly there is this creak sound that I can’t tell exactly where it is coming from. It sounds like under the cranks, and I only notice it when pedaling.

Anyway, I was just wondering what y’all thought . I have gotten the bike out now four times for about 60 miles total.
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I'd guess the answer is when you feel the cables have stretched enough that shifting is no longer clean. 100 miles seems to early to me.
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@MSchott gets it. it isn't how many miles, it is how the stuff performs. If you shift 20 times more than some other guy, you might need to bring the bike in in a 20th of the time, right?

Whenever the cables have stretched so that they need to be adjusted, get them adjusted.
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when cables aren't working right, cycling is less fun and more dangerous. Cables stretch just enough to make periodic adjustment necessary.
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Assuming the OP is new to cycling, they may not be aware of what "cable stretch" is. So, yes, the LBS manager (or mechanic) is correct about the approximate mileage for a return schedule tune-up. BUT! If things are not working properly, to your satisfaction or just not working right, by all means bring the bike back for inspection. Even if it has only been one day or 5 miles of riding. The bottom line is, if everything was adjusted properly when you got the bike, let things "break-in" and then when you bring it back after about a good 2 weeks of riding, let the mechanic know whats going on and then they will make the necessary adjustments. I usually tell my customer to go and ride as much as possible for the next 2 weeks and bring the bike back in for the tune-up or otherwise let me know if there are any problem before then.
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I'd say if it is working quasi-normally then day 89. Maximum amount of time/miles for things to settle in or break.
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