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An Orrville Cycling Advantage: Bike Setup
We use our experience and attention to detail to properly
setup your bike.
In this article we would like to share with you another advantage of
buying your bike from Orrville Cycling and Fitness. From experience we
know many bike shops do not spend as much time as we do assembling and
properly setting up bikes. We pride ourselves on the attention we give
to setting up a new bike and know it makes a positive difference in the
reliability, comfort, and safety of your new bike.
What It Takes
When we receive a new bike from the manufacturer it arrives in a cardboard
box, partially disassembled. The manufacturers have packing down to a
science. We unpack the bike and arrange the pieces to begin the build
On the bike in the accompanying pictures the fork comes uninstalled.
The headset components are lubricated with grease to prevent corrosion.
is installed on the fork’s steerer tube to complete the fork installation.
Now we turn our attention to the cables and housing that support braking
and shifting. We ensure the cables are properly routed and we lubricate
shifting cables for smooth and consistent shifts. On bikes with cable
actuated brakes we grease the brake cables to prevent corrosion and provide
smooth brake lever action.
Next up is installation of the wheels, but here is where shortcuts can
be made. Some shops simply pull the wheels out of the box and install
them. We check and true the wheels before installation, and if equipped
with disc brakes, we check and true the brake rotors as well.
require at least a small amount of truing out of the box. Doing so
increases the reliability and durability of the wheels. True wheels translate
to a better ride feel and best performance. On rim brake equipped
bikes a true wheel allows the brakes to be adjusted closer
to the rims for faster brake action.
The wheels are now true but still not ready to install. We check the
hub bearings for smooth operation and, if necessary, adjust the bearings
for best performance and durability (a poorly adjusted hub will wear
out prematurely). On the rear wheel we ensure the cassette lock ring
is installed with proper
inflated while ensuring the tire beads are properly seated and the wheels
ready for installation.
Now it's time to focus on the front wheel. On some bikes the front brake
needs to be installed prior to installing the front wheel. The front
brake is adjusted for proper alignment and cable tension if the brake
is cable actuated. We ensure
functions correctly and is properly tightened as we install the wheel.
At the rear of the bike the back wheel is installed and its quick release
is also checked. Many shops move on at this point but we ensure the
rear derailleur hanger is in proper alignment. Many times
the derailleur hanger requires adjustment out of the box. A special tool
is used to do this which gauges the alignment and allows for adjustment.
rear shifting of a bike is much more consistent and reliable when the
derailleur hanger is properly positioning the rear derailleur.
The handlebars are installed and roughly aligned at this time. Now we
can setup the travel limits on the front and rear derailleurs and ensure
indexed shfiting is flawless. Pedaling the bike by hand in the
work stand we run the bike through all gear combinations and make
adjustments as necessary.
With the bike on the floor we align the handlebars to the front
wheel and properly tighten stem bolts for the handlebars and fork. The
brakes are tested for proper operation. Most of the time, weather permitting,
we take the bike for a test ride outside to ensure all systems operate
perfectly. If we are not able to ride outside, a ride through the shop
lets us validate the bike's setup.. Now the bike is ready for the showroom
floor or pickup by a customer.
We setup every bike with care and attention to detail.
Of course there are shortcuts that could be taken but we do not compromise
our approach. The setup of your bike directly translates to the reliability,
performance, and comfort of your bike. These are the qualities that make
a bike fun to ride.
Let us put our years of experience to service setting up your bike!