Maple Leaf Test Rides

The continuing saga of test riding a Supercycle SC1800 (Canadian Tire product # 71-1556)

Friday, June 30, 2006

More on the 19 k commute

The 700x25 tyres are proving quite efficient.

Compared to the 26x1.75 slicks, it rolls well.

Compared to the 26x 2 knobbies on the SC1800, it makes the ride a superb pleasure!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Torture testing

Good news is that the DB2L cycle computer performs well in freezing temperatures.

Bad news is that it could not endure storage in a combo of bright sunshine, high humidity and 34 o celsius. It gives off no reading whatsoever. It appears that all info in memory is lost.

Then again, this is expected for an $11.50 investment.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

your very own experiment...

Now anyone can try the SC1800 exercise regimen. It make strong!

To review the mods and kit:

SC1800 - $99 at Canadian Tire
Swap out BB to Shimano UN-52 68x122mm $35 at LBS
Fenders - Planet Bike Freddy Fender MTB $20 at MEC
Rack - Seatstay rack $15 at MEC
Lock - PLanet Bike Superguard $17 at MEC
Bell - Japan Bicycle Company $2.50 at MEC
Front Light - BLT Doppler $35 at LBS
Rear Light - Vistalite 300 $20 at LBS
Instrumentation - Filzer DB2L - $11.50 at MEC

Be sure to align fork ends. Makes a great beater!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The 19K commute

Even the Breezer is a bit of an effort to push over 19km. There are sore hands and the sensation that too much energy is being unnecessarily spent.

Tried the same ride on a bike with 700x25c tyres and rides real nice, even into a headwind. Most very efficient!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Now here is a bike rider...

Check out :

Team R.A.C.E

The story is astoundly unbeleivably incredible...

The actions speak for themselves.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Getting plenty of mileage in on the Breezer over the past few days.

Wishing there were alternate hand positions about 30 minutes into the ride. Instead, shaking off the numbness helps.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Was ripping up on a ride couple of days ago, when the front wheel sketched and the Breezer augered in.

No damage to the machine thank goodness. The really bad news was that the new white kicks got a big dirt smear across the right toe. This calls for soap and water!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

What would Bibendum say...

about missing Mr Michelin. Read all about it:


Friday, June 02, 2006

km 1688.3

There was a lively discussion yesterday about the merits of the Supercycle brand vs. CCM.

Now, a bike is a bike is a bike, and the subject of this experiment is a Supercycle. However, there is the bike wanted and then there is the bike afforded.

It would be an exquisite pleasure to turn the wheels of a genuine Canadian Cycle and Motor machine. The heritage and the tradition far and away lends itself to growing up in Canuckistan! Many a youngster and ridden these joycycles to fantastic places. The liberation of leaving home is a privilege.

That said, the Supercycle was within the budget parameters. It is a heavy, clunky piece of Chinese pigiron. It moves from A to B adequately.

Gotta get new pedals....