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Old 06-22-15, 01:23 PM
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New bike tune up tips?

I've had my new hybrid bike for a month, and I assembled it myself. Apparently one pedal was not screwed tight enough, it fell off while I was riding and the screw got a bit stripped at the rim. I took it to LBS and the guy asked for $40 for a new pedal and and extra $65 for tuning it up. I thought it was very expensive so I came back and was able to screw the old pedal back on.
Now I'm worried that I should doublecheck some of the parts and tune the bike up more carefully. Could you guys give me some tips on how to tune up a new bike? Is it OK to tune the bike up yourself or is it necessary to go to an LBS for tune up?
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Old 06-22-15, 01:26 PM
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I don't really know what "tune up" means, but events indicate you will receive value for paying a pro to check your assembly.
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if you know how to tune it up, why do you need an LBS mechanic to do it?
Why do you think the bike needs tuning up? What is it doing or not doing that needs to be "adjusted"?
What did you do, or fail to do that allowed the pedal to fall out?
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Old 06-22-15, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by pennyapple View Post
Is it OK to tune the bike up yourself or is it necessary to go to an LBS for tune up?
Depends entirely on your mechanical ability. I've never taken a bicycle to a shop for somebody else to work on.

A bicycle is a pretty simple machine but the devil is in the details. Some parts, like the left pedal and right side of the bottom bracket have left hand threads. Some parts have to be screwed more tightly than I would do if left entirely to my own judgement. Some, mostly higher end bikes, have parts that can be damaged by screwing them too tightly.
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LBS here offers 6 months of Free after the sale service on all new bikes sold. the tune up is part of that service .

But that is a Management choice of the Individual dealer ..

If you buy a Bikes Direct or Big Box chainStore sold bike, they have no service people, but you did get to pay Less. initially..

if you made errors in your DIY assembly perhaps the skills are not there Yet.

I'm not there to judge.. if in doubt having a shop mechanic check over your work, is a good idea .

new hire mechanic's assembly work is checked by a second mechanic, at my Local ...

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Old 06-22-15, 04:05 PM
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A standard part of tuneup is to check proper tightness crank arms and pedals, among other things that help ensure the safety of the bike and rider.

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