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Old 04-03-07, 12:05 PM
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Tune up/ new bike?

my LBS didnt say when to bring my new bike back in for
a tune up. what is the general rule to take a bike in for
a tune up? I have put in 70 miles so far.
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Old 04-03-07, 12:12 PM
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Ideally you will want to ride a little more as your bikes new cables will start to stretch. How is the bike shifting now?

Generally, I would suggest to put in 300-500 miles and then bring it in.
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Old 04-03-07, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by blue_nose
Ideally you will want to ride a little more as your bikes new cables will start to stretch. How is the bike shifting now?

Generally, I would suggest to put in 300-500 miles and then bring it in.
bike is shifting ok... the back is great, the front is not that great. chain has
come off a couple times, but that could be my fault as a new rider. I have noticed
the chain having the hardest time shifting up to the bigger cogs in the front. i normally
try and shift when im on a flat road trying to help a little.
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Do you know what brand chainrings you're using? ("chainrings" are what we call the gears up front)

if you're not happy with a certain aspect of the bike's performance, I would take it to the LBS and say "Hey, [insert problem here] is happening. Is this an issue with the bike or with me? How can we improve it?"

Hopefully they'll help you out. If they don't, then bring the question here to the forum and we'll sort it out for ya
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The LBS I use has a free 30day tuneup. I would just call your lbs where you got the bike and ask them if you get a free tuneup and when you should bring it in.

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Old 04-05-07, 04:18 AM
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well I wasnt crazy after all, took my bike to LBS and they
said that something is wrong with my bike. Chain keeps coming
off on the front when shifting to smallest chain ring. he wanted
to keep it and find out whats going on. oh well, I guess new bikes
have flaws to sometimes. Hope buying the Raliegh Grand Sport was
the right choice!!
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Old 04-05-07, 07:11 AM
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which LBS?? It's likely just a front d. adjustment needed, although, if they wanted to keep it, maybe the front d. and the crankset/rings don't like each other.

doubtful the bike was a bad purchase, just needs a little fine-tuning.
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Originally Posted by evad
well I wasnt crazy after all, took my bike to LBS and they
said that something is wrong with my bike. Chain keeps coming
off on the front when shifting to smallest chain ring. he wanted
to keep it and find out whats going on. oh well, I guess new bikes
have flaws to sometimes. Hope buying the Raliegh Grand Sport was
the right choice!!
I doubt there is a problem with the bike. Cable stretch is the most likely cause. Should be an easy fix.
Bike shop where I purchased my bike has one year tune ups.
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OP - overshifting to the inside isn't really a flaw - it's just an adjustment issue. There are limiter screws on the front and rear derailleurs that change the distance of travel in and out. Getting the adjustment just right is a bit of a moving target, though if you think about it. The line the chain makes from front to back changes a bit depending upon what rear cog you're in, so the front derailleur isn't dealing with the same geometry on every shift. It takes a bit of fiddling with the adjustment screws to get it just right, so it shifts (without overshifting) reliably. A new bike w/new cables adds another variable - the cables stretch as they are under tension, and that affects shifting. It's not unusual for new bikes to "settle in" in other ways too - it's the first time all of the parts have been subjected to any stresses since they were assembled. That's what the LBS tune-ups are for.
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Originally Posted by Adgooroo
OP - overshifting to the inside isn't really a flaw - it's just an adjustment issue. There are limiter screws on the front and rear derailleurs that change the distance of travel in and out. Getting the adjustment just right is a bit of a moving target, though if you think about it. The line the chain makes from front to back changes a bit depending upon what rear cog you're in, so the front derailleur isn't dealing with the same geometry on every shift. It takes a bit of fiddling with the adjustment screws to get it just right, so it shifts (without overshifting) reliably. A new bike w/new cables adds another variable - the cables stretch as they are under tension, and that affects shifting. It's not unusual for new bikes to "settle in" in other ways too - it's the first time all of the parts have been subjected to any stresses since they were assembled. That's what the LBS tune-ups are for.
but only having the bike 3 weeks with only 70 total miles, is that enough time for the cables
to stretch?
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Old 04-05-07, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by evad
but only having the bike 3 weeks with only 70 total miles, is that enough time for the cables
to stretch?
Can be.. It depends on the quality of the cables I suppose. Especially likely if stored on the big chain ring.
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i saw the title of your thread and thought you were going to be looking for opinions on whether you should tune up your existing bike or just go buy a new one.



not THAT would be an awesome problem to have.




but seriously...ditto to everyone else.
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