Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Gainesville, FL
Checking in at 28k and a friendly reminder to fasten your levers
Hey everyone. So covid has put a damper on my mileage these last few months so I haven't passed 30k yet but I can't really complain.
At just around 28k miles and the bike is still so much fun to ride and the maintenance has been incredibly low (definitely knock on wood for that one). My only guess is that the regular riding is keeping things in check but who knows. This is my first bike and maybe I just got lucky.
Currently on my 2nd pair of Michelin Pilot Activs and don't really have anything bad to say about these tires. I ride strictly on pavement and they've done me very well. You can easily squeeze 10-12k miles or more even. If I had a garage the front would have lasted longer but sun exposure and FL weather had the early stages of dry rot showing so I went ahead and got it replaced the same time as the rear.
Shake in the handlebar between 40-50mph is still there and I guess it's gotten a little worse since I first started riding but it hasn't caused me any problems.
A problem that I did have in the early days of owning the bike resurfaced recently though. Now maybe I'm just heavy footed on the rear brake lever, but there was a time when the lever started getting loose and had a noticable "wiggle" to it if you grabbed it and tried to move it by hand side to side. I tightened it up a few times and then after a while it stopped getting loose until recently.
Now I hadn't checked it out in a long time, maybe a year or more, but turns out it managed to entirely unseat itself so that when I was to press the lever, the whole thing moved with my foot. Worried I might have even bent the bolt that had come loose, I quickly was able to get parked (this happened in town fortunately) and used a hex key to screw it back in. Honestly could not believe it had managed to unscrew entirely but luckily it's designed to not fall out and the lever has plenty of other parts keeping it attached to the bike.
Anyways, check yours. Make sure everything is fastened tight. This might just be a "me" thing, but that was a feeling I was not expecting and hope to never again.