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First Springbrook ascent

Cracking winters morning – perfect for a spin up to Springbrook from our base in Burleigh.


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Garmin 500 issues

Recently my Garmin Edge 500 bike computer has started displaying incorrect speeds, typically around half of the actual speed at the time. I’ve clocked up about 2030km on the new frame and previously had no problems on the old frame. I bought it in March 2010 so its almost a year old.

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Frame Replaced

At 36,500km my Soloist developed a crack in the frame where the seat post is tightened.

I took her into the local Cervelo dealer (River City Cycles) which took some photos and sent them off to Cervelo for a ruling. Within 2 days I received notification that the frame would be replaced by the new S1 under warranty. The replacement frame arrived a day or 2 later and the bike was rebuilt last monday the 6th so I now have a brand new frame and forks (now with the carbon steerer).

Cervelo are discontinuing the S1 so if it happens again I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with the S2….

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Another new chain

After embracing the “quick release” chain link on my previous dura-ace chain and religiously removing the chain to clean it, it turns out that this was not a good idea and has shortened the life of the chain. An annoying clicking sound when under power that I initially thought was the bottom bracket, turned out to be “chain suck” due to stretching around the quick release link.

At 24,400km I have another new dura-ace chain without a removable link and the shifting is once again smooth and quiet.

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More cables

Andy dropped around with his steel frame steed and we swapped the casette, deraileur cable, rear deraileur and cleaned the front chain rings for what must have been the first time since he got it. We also realized they he needed a 10 speed shifter to match the casette so did not manage to get him back on the road.

I switched my rear deraileur cable in the process at 24,000km on the odmeter.

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New training wheels

The hand-me-down Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels finally gave in at around 30,000km ridden with a crack in the rims.

They have been replaced with a set of Dura ace carbon laminate 7850 which are proving to be fantastic so far.

Note to self: Wheels changed at 21,500km on the odometer.

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Another 10,000kms

This morning’s Cootha session marked the 2nd time my trusty Cateye has ticked over. 20,000km on the Cervello now in almost exactly 2 years of riding.

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More rear derailuer cables

At 19,400 I’ve replace the cables again. They were beginning to fray at the shifter end and a had the telltale loosening of the cable that results in the slight loss of precision in shifting.

So for my riding style with dura ace shifters, cables last approximately 5,500km.

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More new derailleur cables..

Note to self:

Front and rear derailleur cables replaced at 13,800km ridden

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Clocked the Odometer

About 13 months after I jumped on the bike (and fitted the speedo soon after), I discovered that it only goes up to 10,000kms. 


I thought I had better mark the occasion as I don’t trust myself to remember when or how many times it has happened. 


Onwards to the next 10,000…

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