I know that we are all a bit crazy with bikes and the usual N+1. WE are also paranoid about our processes and rituals for training… so I thought it would be fun to do talk about what rituals do you have about New Bike Day? In other words… what is the first thing (or things) you do to your brand new bike.
Beside the obvious 100 pictures, add pedals, and go for a bike ride, I like to add “Helicopter 3M Tape” to the key areas that might get damage.
New bike ritual: get it out of the car, into the bike shed as quickly as possible. Only ride it when the wife doesn’t see me leave and come home and then pretend like it had always been there upon being questioned.
Remove the chain and put on a waxed one.
Spend way too much time on my trainer and BFF Elite app to dial in the fit.
Probably overhaul the whole cockpit and put tape on that I like.
Put all my accessories on it.
Put on my wheels and put the stock ones up on Facebook marketplace.
Take a 100 pictures.
While everyone usually talks about the excitement of “new bike day” I recently found it to be a real pain. The bike had different noises and I was constantly stopping to fiddle with it thinking something was out of whack. Also had to take it to the shop to cut steer tube after a few test rides. Then I “HAD TO” buy new shoes, so that was a whole new drama. Fit new tires to 2 wheel sets after picking out the tires. Pick out a new seat bag, well, just because. Then there was the power meter. Fitting a new through axle to the trainer. All told it was quite a bit of hassel, but Im happy with it now!
Last problem, selling the other bike. Seeing it in the basement is like having your X Wife as your next door neighbor. You see her everyday and think to yourself “could I have made it work?”