My Green Machine has been terrific, but now, after 1500k's it is beginning to show (small) signs of wear. It was well prepared (by me) and has performed almost perfectly.
Little things, like the gear shifter for rear derrailleur won't click and hold 5th gear going UP the gears, but it will going DOWN the gears. No amount of adjustment will get over it and all the other gears are perfectly aligned. The little (internal) plastic click-stop is just made poorly. (I kinda got used to jumping 4th to 6th and back to 5th and losing momentum...)
Also, 14km from the finish (in Perth) the front cog decided not to let go of the chain when moving the front derailleur and overextended the rear derailleur so it no longer tensioned the chain. Luckily I had come across a guy with exactly the same problem a week earlier and we'd worked out it just needed to be pushed back! Nonetheless quite a shock when you're riding in a group at 30km/h (yes, down a hill) trying to change gears only to have the cranks suddenly lock up!!!
Now both gear changers are wobbly, from such constant twisting over the last 2 weeks. My only complaint is over my poor, sore, calloused left thumb as the front shifter is harder to push and needs a longer movement (than the right).
If I was doing the whole ride again next week I would have to spend a bit of money on the bike, but for exercise/shopping/'getting around' the Green Machine will be great for quite a while. Nonetheless you might hear me telling my wife how awfully worn out it is, so I simple HAVE to buy a new, shiny, aluminium whizz-bang bike for myself!!!
Seriously, the Learsport Chap told me that there was some problem with the chains not entirely caued by inexperienced riders apply excessive shear-forces to their chains. He said they had now supplied 14,000 bikes to BV and this is the first occasion chains have become an issue. There were a few spoke breakages and he was replacing them even though not really a warranty item (?). Other problems like rear derrailleurs smashing into the spokes he attributed to bikes being leaned or dropped onto the derrailleur side. (So the tip is PUT your bike on it's left side. Stands are usually on the left so bikes falling off their stand will survive). I think that things like derrailleur adjustments should have been worked out by us during training, or by the 'professional' mechanincs assembling the Albany-pickup machines, so I agree that accidents are the most likely cause of that. (Regular 'forum' readers will know that the derrailleurs often needed bending INTO alignment in the first place)
Overall, a good bike for a fantastic ride. There were lots at the finish line, and they weren't over-represented in the repair shop either...
Until next time,
Is that my knees or my cranks creaking?