Used bike hardly used-what work?

Used bike hardly used-what work?

Post by JD » Thu, 30 Oct 1997 04:00:00


I bought a used Panasonic road bike this summer. It's in excellent
condition. Original components are "Exage Sport." Other than replacing
tires, rear der, lubing, I haven't done any maintenance. Rides well.

I was told the bike was hardly ridden, and the parts that I see show very
little wear. I'm concerned about the parts I don't see, though. Hubs,
headset, etc.

If a bike's been sitting around for 10 years, does something happen to
bearing grease or some other thing inside?

I'm considering bringing the bike in for an overhaul, but don't want to
overkill.

Thanks in advance,

Jeffrey

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Used bike hardly used-what work?

Post by Berser » Thu, 30 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>  I bought a used Panasonic road bike this summer. It's in excellent
>  condition. Original components are "Exage Sport." Other than

 >  replacing tires, rear der, lubing, I haven't done any maintenance. >  Rides
 well.

Hi Jeffrey
Generally, wear and tear on the bits you're concerned about - hubs, headset,
 bearings generally - occurs during use and with moisture ingress so you should
 be ok. To check, spin the wheel - if you hear a clicking - get the hubs
 regreased. With the headset, life the bike and swing the handlebars - there
 should be no free play and no central 'flat-spot'
One possible problem with unused and stored bikes is any corrosion with the
 frame - however, this should be apparent.
Oh, one last thing - if the chain condition is unknown or looks in any way
 dodgy - replace it !
Happy cycling !
Hugh

 
 
 

Used bike hardly used-what work?

Post by Cy Galle » Thu, 30 Oct 1997 04:00:00

If it has been sitting around for 10 years, most all the bearing grease has
dried out and hardened.  Therefore, before you do any damage to the
bearings, it would be advisable to disassemble, clean, inspect and
re-grease.  The two hubs and the bottom bracket are the ones that can stand
the overhaul most due to low placement, close to wet and dirt.

Quote:

>I bought a used Panasonic road bike this summer. It's in excellent
>condition. Original components are "Exage Sport." Other than replacing
>tires, rear der, lubing, I haven't done any maintenance. Rides well.

>I was told the bike was hardly ridden, and the parts that I see show very
>little wear. I'm concerned about the parts I don't see, though. Hubs,
>headset, etc.

>If a bike's been sitting around for 10 years, does something happen to
>bearing grease or some other thing inside?

>I'm considering bringing the bike in for an overhaul, but don't want to
>overkill.

>Thanks in advance,

>Jeffrey

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