Maple Leaf Test Rides

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

km 3812

Rig rides well, not many observations to report.

Applied a coat of SAE 20wt oil to the chain last week after riding in wet weather. Good news - it is quiet now; bad news - holds grit on chain, appears very dirty.

There is noise coming from front wheel, sounds like 'whhs - wssh' that is evident as long as wheel is rolling. Probably fender stay got bent at lockup and is rubbing on tyre.


  • At 15:29, Blogger Tanya said…

    Very impressive mileage for a $99 bike! I hate dirty chains so I usually buy the expensive self-cleaning lubes. Have you found any cheap solution that doesn't hold the grit?

  • At 22:10, Blogger Maple Leaf Cyclery said…

    Well, on the sunday bike, try to replace the chain every 1000km as a matter of course. They seem to only get dirty at the 1001km mark!

    Also trying 'Prolink' chain lube from MEC (about $8/118mL). PL has a pleasant blend of tenacity, film strength and water resistance; bad news is that it smells like chemical and tastes yucky.


  • At 13:47, Blogger Tanya said…

    Hmm, how do you know this information - are you licking your chain? ;)

  • At 15:03, Anonymous Charles Verge said…

    ProLink is great, I buy dura ace chains for 60 bucks :) This includes a bike I bought for 50 bucks :) They last any where from 4000 to 6000 km and they work alot better.

  • At 09:41, Blogger Maple Leaf Cyclery said…

    No no only take a little lick as it pours from bottle.

    Also intruged by Pedro's 'chain j' it seems ecologically sound


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