New Bike Friday

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by MisterMeg, 23 Aug 2007.

  1. MisterMeg

    MisterMeg New Member

    I'm picking up my new Carrera Virtuoso racer from Halfords tomorrow afternoon. :biggrin:
    Someone on here said something to the effect that the bike was good but that you couldn't always guarantee the quality of the build.

    When I ordered it the chap in store said it would be checked over and if there were any problems to bring it back in.

    Anybody know what I should be checking for? I'm sure any problems with the gears or if the chain keeps coming off will be obvious, and I will be sure to check that the brakes work before I set off.

    Is there anything less obvious that I should look out for?
  2. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Any clunks from bottom bracket as you pedal.
    Any free play in your headset (jam front brake on and see if you get any rock in front forks)
  3. col

    col Veteran

    When you get it,can you post a few pics,i like the sound of these too:smile:
  4. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    check that the quick release wheels are done up correctly. one way to do this is to ask the shop to demonstrate how they work, if your old bike didn't have qr wheels.

    also check that the brakes have no feeling of slackness when you apply them.

    i have a carrera virtuoso (although it shares virtually nothing with the one you have bought) and apparently the original cable outers were not great quality and the original tyres were not especially puncture proof (although not especially bad either). if the bike goes away for the winter, and especially if you ride it through the winter, get all the cabling changed at a bike shop (not halfords) in early spring. you should be able to do that for under £50 unless you specify an expensive set of cables. The ones that come with the bike should be fine until then.
  5. OP

    MisterMeg New Member

    I must get around to getting a digital camera :biggrin:.

    In the meantime, this is the picture from Halford's website
  6. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Regards QR wheels, setting (I believe) is, when loose, "lock" the lever, do the nut side up hand tight, un-lock the lever, do nut up another 3/4 of a turn then re-lock lever.
  7. col

    col Veteran

    Thanks for that,but iv seen it,it has one of those annoying click for larger image tabs,then its a smidgeon bigger and not very clear:smile:

    Incidentally EF,i did that without realising it was the thing to do,after i had fitted my new tyre.xx( just call me moa deeb;)
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    i could show you my virtuoso, but i reckon there's not one part not covered by handlebar tape that's the same as on the one mistermeg has just bought.
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Just to be clear - Elmer means when you are off the bike, holding it, apply the front brake and rock a little, not jam on the front brake as you are riding along! That way, you'll just get a rock in the face!:biggrin:

    Actually, you may find some rock, because the actual brake arms (the bits that hold the pads and apply them to the rim) may flex a little on their mountings. To be sure, look for rocking while holding the wheel still physically - then you are sure it's the headset, not the brake fittings....

    Or so I was told by a bike mechanic anyway...

    Odd creaks may also suggest something, somewhere, that needs tightening, and can take years to locate to the exact spot!
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    check that the brake fittings are tight. you can use an allen (hex) key to tighten the front one from the back of the fork, and the rear one from the back of its mounting point on the frame. hold the brake caliper tight (or put the brake on) to stop the caliper rotating as you tighten it.

    which reminds me, if you don't already have them, get a good set of bondhus allen keys (with the ball bit at one end). endlessly useful for tightening/undoing various bits and pieces on the bike.
  11. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Yes! Thank you, Robinson.

  12. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    :biggrin: xx( :biggrin: :B) :ohmy: Ahem, yes Arch, I should have been more specific otherwise MisterMeg would have been asking to use the 'puter in his local A&E :laugh: :laugh: :blush: :blush: :blush:
  13. Monkey Boy

    Monkey Boy New Member

    New bike Friday.....what a great idea!! I'm gonna mention this in every post from now until next Tuesday.....I just picked up my Focus Cayo! Could not wait for the courier to try to redeliver so I picked her up myself.

    Sooooooo excited!
  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
  15. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Now you've got the bike you might find a few local cycle routes handy, try getting some of the Spoke cycle maps, available from most LBS.
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