Maple Leaf Test Rides

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

km 2009.4

The test track is limited to a 6km round trip over urban surface asphalt streets.

Still deliberately neglecting to inflate tyres and lubricate chain. The resiliancy of this machine is astounding. Regardless of the neglect, the bicycle performs it's function.

The ride feels as if there is a broken spoke in the rear wheel; this observation will likely be confirmed at the next service interval.

On the schedule for next (60 minute) service interval September 3rd:

* Replace front and rear brake shoes ($4.50)
* Inflate tyres
* Lubricate drivtrain
* Inspect rear wheel

This course of action should greatly enhance performance and safety.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

km 2001.4

The wheels are still going around but the tyres have finally lost some air. They are somewhere around 15 PSI after not being inflated since mid June.

Getting every last penny from the brake shoes after dialling out the barrel adjusters. Must change them soon as it is impossible to lock up the rear wheel on dry level pavement.

Added four strips of reflective tape to become compliant with Highway Traffic Act.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

km 1917

Figured out there are these screwy thing attached to the brake actuators that dial in the adjustment such as to be able to come to a stop ever relatively shorter distances. The shoes are quite worn, however there is still life left in them before purchasing new ones.

The rear mech is not functioning with quick response as it used to. The is a ten second lag between shifting the shifter and response from the drivetrain.

The bottom bracket spindle is also showing play and making a grinding noise, even in dry weather.

Haven't inflated the tyres in some time, yet they are still holding air!

The resiliency of the machine is astounding.