Picking up first road bike

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Idoru, 17 Aug 2012.

  1. Idoru

    Idoru Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Rhuddlan, UK
    Off to the LBS tomorrow to pick up the new bike.

    Other than making sure it's adjusted to fit me what else should I be asking / watching out for?
     
  2. Pauluk

    Pauluk Senior Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    There's not a great deal you can do until you ride it and use the gears, brakes etc 'in anger'.

    If it were me I would check simple things like: are there any scratches to the paintwork or dents to the frame. Spin the wheels to check they were true and the brakes weren't binding. Check the movement in the brake levers, that this isn't too excessive. You could lift the back wheel and check the gear change, but that won't prove them fully. Check the cranks and pedals for play.

    Like I say, its not until you get to ride it properly that you may spot problems so just check the simple things first, particularly the frame. If you can ride it in the car park if they have one or just take it round the block then that may be worth it to save you a trip back over something simple.

    Good luck, hope it goes well.
     
  3. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    Great !!
    Why did you choose that forum name? reminds me of a book by one of my favourite writers :smile:
     
  4. Herr-B

    Herr-B Senior Member

    Location:
    Keelby
    Check rubbing of cables against frame and ask for some helicopter tape to put on it to protect these areas.



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  5. OP
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    Idoru

    Idoru Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Rhuddlan, UK
    If the author was William Gibson you've hit the nail on the head.
     
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    Idoru

    Idoru Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Rhuddlan, UK
    Lol, had to Google helicopter tape in case it was something like a glass hammer or tartan paint ^_^
     
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  7. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    Currently re reading virtual light :smile:
     
  8. david k

    david k Hi

    Location:
    North West
    not taht im aware of but good luck with your purchase, enjoy it and ride it^_^
     
  9. OP
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    Idoru

    Idoru Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Rhuddlan, UK
    Erm... I not sure how this split into 2 threads.... I'm probably not driving my browser properly again.

    Could a mod delete this one please.

    Apologies
     
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  10. terry_gardener

    terry_gardener Über Member

    Location:
    stockton on tees
    click the report button and ask for it to be deleted.
     
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