Maple Leaf Test Rides

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

Monday, November 20, 2006

km 2477.2

Warning: this blog entry contains dirty pictures. It may be difficult to even look at the following photographs.

It can plainly be seen from the photo of the freewheel that there are certain favourite ratios. It is also evident of the elongation of the chain when observing the light coming through between the large chainring and chain. This means that much of the drivetrain is overdue to be replaced. This resilient machine yet still somehow keeps on trucking.

Also, the tyres are a high light. They have not been puntured yet (knock on wood), seldom require inflation and have much life remaining on the tread wear indicators.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

km 2420

Despite neglect of maintenance, the rig still rolls.

Future to do list:

short term (90 day)
* replace bb with 68x127 C$25
* replace brake linesx2 C$10
* replace chain with KMC Z-51 C$8
* replace freewheel with Shimano MF-Z31 6 speed C$15

mid term (150 day)
* replace pedals with VP-565's C$8

long term (210 day)
* replace rear wheel C$20 - 200

Monday, November 13, 2006

km 2360

Mileage is low owing to inclement weather.

Little new news to report.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

km 2352

Mileage is down as time on the other bike is up.

Heard the term 'knockaround' bike in a Ontario cycling magazine. Must be the same thing as a 'beater' or 'rain' bike. All those terms certainly suit the SC1800.