Cycling: Two Years Later – Upgrades!
Khiem Dinh is an engineer for Honeywell Turbo Technologies at the time of this writing. All statements and opinions expressed by Khiem Dinh are solely those of Khiem Dinh and not reflective of Honeywell Turbo Technologies.
The first major parts to wear out were the wheels. The wheels that came on the bike were Mavic Sports with Shimano 105 hubs. They are just a basic wheel set that gets the job done. After a while, I found myself having to true the rear wheel often; this is the process of straightening wheel rim out so there’s no wobble when then spin. Then on one ride, I hit one particularly bad pothole which taco’d the rear rim a bit. I was able to straighten the rim out mostly left-to-right, but now it was slightly egg-shaped. I rode on it for a few hundred more miles like that before I got fed up of having to true the wheel after almost every ride.
Oh yeah, just like car brakes, the bicycle brake pads need to be bedded in to the new braking surface; in this case, the rim of the wheels. There's a hill I go down where I often hit 40mph and at the bottom of the hill is a stop sign. So I'm cruising down at my usual 40mph when I go for the brakes. They grab for a bit and I'm probably down to about 25mph when I get green fade of the pads. Well, that sucked. I was able to get down to about 10mph and fortunately there were no cars at the intersection.