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Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by bluebug32, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    My first road bike arrived today looking like this.....

     

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  2. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    HOORAY!
     
  3. indieboy

    indieboy Want fries with that?

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    do yourself a favor and hit the saddle with a leveling tool. good job on the build.
     
  4. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    Yeah, I was wondering about that. How do I level it out?
     
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    caputo1989 Turbo Monkey

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    Losen the bilt on the post clamp and move it to where tou want it then re tighten it.
     
  6. Morryjg

    Morryjg Mr. Ho Jangles

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    I usually use a level and set it across the nose of the seat and one of the sides on the rear. Get it level that way and then ride it for a while to make minor adjustments. Your bars are also rolled to far forward it looks like. The last couple inches of the drop should be parallel to the ground.

    *edit* -- Looking good though!! Get out and put some miles on it!! :D
     
  7. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    yeah, I noticed these things when I got up this morning and gave it a fresh lookover. Thanks for the input, though.

    Questions: do I need a special tool to install a set of pedals on my cranks? I tried a wrench but that didn't seem to work.
     
  8. Morryjg

    Morryjg Mr. Ho Jangles

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    Some you need a pedal wrench for, some you can just use an 8mm allen wrench. Look on the end of the spindle that threads into the crank and see if there a socket for an allen wrench there. If there is just use that. I think you could also use a box end wrench or adjustable wrench to do it. One of the cranks is reverse threaded, so a trick I learned is when you put pedals on always turn towards the front of the bike. Then when you take pedals always turn towards the rear.
     
  9. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    hehe - I just suggested this over in the Lounge! Great minds think alike :thumb:
     
  10. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    Nice looking bike.
     
  11. DBR X6 RIDER

    DBR X6 RIDER Turbo Monkey

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    Looking good!:cool:

    Initially, the non-driveside crank looked like a kickstand (it's 8am as I type).:confused:
     
  12. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Sweet! Get that saddle level and let her rip! :)
     
  13. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Congrats!!!

    Want me to bring my tools next weekend?
     
  14. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Surely. I should have mine by then as well.
     
  15. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    I picked up a pedal wrench and a nice floor pump today. I felt kind of bad buying it from the guy who measured me for a road bike and spent a lot of time going over their road bikes with me. I just didn't have $600 or $700 to spend right now, when I can decent entry level name brand online for around $400. And I'm not even sure that road biking is my thing yet. I'm sure people do it all the time. I just hate not supporting my LBS when I can.
     
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    G-Cracker Monkey

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    Great ride... have fun! Don't worry about the LBS, either. I shopped and shopped at local LBSs when I needed a new mt bike. I ended up getting it on the internet because no one could match the deal. I felt bad, too... but what can you do? I buy all my gear and parts at the LBS, not to mention tune ups, so that's how I justify it. When you've got a set budget, no one can hold that against you.
     
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    bluebug32 Asshat

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    Definitely. It's hard enough when you're young to find the money to pay for bike related things, but doubly hard to support someone just for the sake of supporting a shop. Even with this internet deal, I'm going to need to really watch my spending for awhile.
     
  18. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    You might find it more comfortable if the bottom of the drop aims at the rear axle.
     
  19. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Congo Rats!

    Suggestion: After you get your bike setup close to what's right, continue making fit/comfort adjustments over time; however, only change one thing at a time, note where it was before and if it's better, cool. Then change something else.
     
  20. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    I still have a lot of tweaking to do and the cables need to be tightened. I'm not going to upgrade anything. I'm going to leave it for the season, ride it on the trainer in the winter and then see where I'm at.
     
  21. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Good, upgrade only when something breaks :)
     
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    bluebug32 Asshat

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    Yeah, that's my plan!
     
  23. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Have you ridden it yet ?
     
  24. -dustin

    -dustin boring

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    or the middle of the seat tube.