Maple Leaf Test Rides

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

km 9636.9

Notes from maintenance since previous post:

December 16 1430 -1500 km 9479

*Replace chain with SRAM PC870 (MEC sku 274337 $26)

*Replace 2 pair brake shoes

Front ones get cartridge system (MEC sku 94078 $7.00 - replacement sku 70310 $2.50)

Back pair same as before (MEC sku79312 $3.75)

Needed to add washers mounting stack to jive with basic V brake arms

*Tape front brake lever with white medical tape

December 30


To get most of OEM treads, put a tough liner inside old tyre.

Used 26x1.5 Vee brand v150 with wire bead removed and inserted a 26x1.5 inner tube into it.

Mounted inside the OEM Kenda Klaw XT to increase lifespan and puncture resistance.

Should be noted test course is mostly covered in ice operating in temps of -20c to 5c.

Find attached photographs of brake shoes in a before and after state. The one with the most wear came from the front.


  • At 15:58, Blogger BT Humble said…

    That's odd, I find that my rear brake shoes wear out faster than my front ones. It's pobably because my rear wheel is usually at least a bit out of true, and rubbing on the pads all the time.


  • At 17:08, Blogger BT Humble said…

    I just thought you'd like to know, we've just had a week of >35C temperatures.

    They're forecasting another week of it.


  • At 12:56, Blogger Maple Leaf Cyclery said…

    35!? Ooh lovely grass sounds like it may be greener there :)

    BTH funny you mention rubbing wheel thing, that happens here too, so set the adjustment of the shoes too be further out; a little less responsive and lever goes almost right to bar.

    Difference may be in rider weight distribution, SC1800 is heavy on rear wheel, so little chance of launching over bars by squeezing front brake.

    Ride on!


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