Maple Leaf Test Rides

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

Friday, June 29, 2007

km 4200- ish

Odometer is now completely useless and must be replaced.

Rig itself is running right as rain. New rear wheel has imporved efficiency dramatically and increased durability significantly.

Rear brake cable has yet to be replaced, and drivetrain is beginning to perish.

Maintenance schedule put on backburner for serveral reasons. Among them are: most mileage is occuring on fair weather ride and SC1800 maintenance is becoming tertiary priority to eating, sleeping and working.

Monday, June 18, 2007

km 4100 - ish

Replaced rear wheel today. New wheel is signifcant upgrade with aluminium hub, stainless steel spokes and Alex 'DM18' rim. Cost was C$65 and about an hour of installation.

Old wheel had 8 broken spokes and signifcant wear on rear hub cones, effectively making it useless.

It almost becomes easier to acquire another 71-1556 and have a stockpile of used parts. On the other hand, it is a shame to contribute to an uncompostable, unrecycleable garbage pile.

Odometer is remains on the fritz as display screen in now completely unreadable.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The odometer is malfunctioning

Hard to say what the mileage is at these days, as the Filzer d2L unit may have finally been reduced to barely functioning.

The entire computer reset itself the other day, and now the readout is very dark grey numbers on a dark grey backbround. In certain kind of light is quite visible, mostly at night or when viewed with polarized sunglasses.

The rig itself is functioning well enough, even with a number of broken spokes in the rear wheels and no rear brakes.

For short hops of less than 10km it is fine. The new Shimano thumbshifter
works perfectly!