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30 seconds in the parking lot: Do you feel comfortable on the bike. Does it fit you (and not completely just "bike fit"...do you like it...dig it...get it). That's what I would spend the first thirty seconds on. Medium ride: How does it respond and do you like that response. I personally like my road bikes to be a bit "quick and twitchy" but I know a lot of ...


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This goes against accepted wisdom, but I think test rides are overrated. Not useless, but overrated. You're going to own the bike for a long time presumably. You're going to be able to play with the tire pressure, the handlebar position, the seat height and fore/aft, the seat itself, the pedals, the cranks. As you develop cycling muscles, your position on ...


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Are you spending $5000 on a new bike, or $50 on a used one? When purchasing an expensive new bike you should take about a 15-minute ride, trying it out on curves through side streets, going over bumps and tracks, etc. Test its stability, responsiveness, and comfort, based on your standards. And, of course, check its fit. For the cheap used bike you ...


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Check the bike is the right size for you If the bike is still on sale commercially, check what the new price is. You can find out about many brands/models from bikepedia.com Find out what components (gears and brakes) it has and what they'd cost new (by Googling) Check for any hairline cracks in the frame, especially around the head tube, bottom bracket ...


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You will want to be sitting in a postion that has your weight mostly on your sit bones. You also want to make sure that with your saddle in the correct position, your knee is over the axle of the pedal when the crank is in the front-most part of it's circle. Too far off and it can put a strain on your knee. If the saddle can't be adjusted to allow this to ...


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I've talked to a lot of folks about chain lube. I've met quite a few people with strong opinions, and they vary wildly. Some folks swear by paraffin wax based lubricants like the White Lightning line of lubricants. Other folks swear by oil-based lubricants like Phil's Tenacious Oil. Still others won't ride without a teflon based lubricant like Tri-Flow. ...


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@Baltimark asked, "Let use know what you end up getting". I ended up getting: A "Kona Dr. Dew" (with a $200 markdown because it's one of last year's model and now is just before the spring bike show) Hydraulic disc brakes (my first non-rim brakes; they're 'wow' compared to rim brakes) Derailleurs (adjustable travel, and needed to be adjusted by one of the ...


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A factor that is as important as the bike you purchase is the store you purchase it from. Do you feel comfortable talking to the mechanics about problems on your bike or asking for advice with changes to the bike? Do they offer a fitting service that includes measuring your body and putting you up on a trainer (as opposed to eye-balling it)? A good bike ...


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Not really - the only 'scientific' thing they could really quote would be viscosity. What you care about is also how long it lasts, how much road crud it picks up, how it handles salt, how it is in rain - and all over the temperature range from -30C to +30C depending where you live. ps - ok with the new title, my algorithm is: go to my LBS, confess that ...


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You want a torque wrench that's made for the range of torques that you expect to use. A wrench with too large a range will give you limited precision in the range you need. Basically, it will be harder to tell if you are applying the correct torque. One that's too small won't let you apply the required torque. The accuracy of the reading may also be ...


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Set-torque wrenches are the nicest to use, but some (including mine) don't allow you to set torque when tightening a left-hand thread (left pedal, for example). Usually there's a corresponding right-hand thread to tighten at the same point in the assembly process so I do that first and just tighten the left-hand thread by feel. As previous posters have ...



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