I know it might looks a bit geeky but I was curious to see how much kilometres I could do with each of my bicycle parts ans especially how much money I’ve spent on my bikes along the way. It shows me also how much I’ve improved the way I’m cycling and lengthen the life duration of my components. Finally, It proves how much stronger is my second bike compared to the first one. You might like this page or not, but it’s here if you need it :-)
After having looked on the web plenty of time I sticked with the Schwalbe tires. They seems to be the best but not cheap. Actually, I’m sure I can do more than 10.000 kilometres with the last pair I’ve bought.
|Road tire illustration|
|x2 Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26″||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||8067km||Auckland||$140|
|x1 SCHWALBE MARATHON 26″ (FRONT)||2013 Jun 18||Auckland||5651km||Sydney (AU) (bike sold)||$29|
|x1 SCHWALBE MARATHON PLUS 26″ (REAR)||2013 Jun 18||Auckland||5651km||Sydney (AU) (bike sold)||$40|
|x2 SCHWALBE MARATHON 27.5″||2015 Jan 14||Sydney||…km||On going||$150|
I’ve always been travelling with the original pair of mountain bike tire. I did not use them often right but I keep them as a possible backup in case one of my road tire gets damaged.
|Mountain bike tire illustration|
|Schwalbe RACING RALPH (x2)||2012 Jun 21||617km (bike sold)||/|
I’ve tried 3 brands and the last schwalbe model I’ve bought is going to last a lot more than 7000km!
|Trailer’s tire illustration|
|original 16″||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||3934km||Christchurch||/|
|maxxis 16″||2013 Jan 22||Christchurch||6981km||Sydney (AU)||$35|
|Schwalbe Marathon 16″||2015 Mar 21||Sydney (AU)||…km||On going||$50|
I love it! I used to ride around 3000km with a single chain before changing it. With this first belt, I’ve ridden from Sydney to where I am now and this belt is still working silently, efficiently and perfectly :-) I’ve read that some travellers did 34000km before it broke! Amazing! When you realise that the price between a good 10 speed chain (I paid sometimes over 100NZD for an XTR) and a belt (75USD) are pretty closed, that’s definitely worth it.
|Carbon drive belt illustration|
|Carbon Drive CDX centertrack||2015 Jan 06||Sydney (AU)||…km||On going||/|
So far so good. I don’t how long it’s going to last but it does a good job since Sydney too.
|Rear Sprocket illustration|
|20 TOOTH CDX SPROCKET (ROHLOFF)||2015 Jan 06||Sydney (AU)||…km||On going||/|
Same for the front Sprocket, maybe I will finish my trip with this one. It would be very cool and cheap! No more thinking, testing, cleaning, worrying, it just works!
|Front Sprocket illustration|
|50 TOOTH CDX SPROCKET (5 BOLT)||2015 Jan 06||Sydney (OZ)||…km||On going||/|
I’ve done more than 11.000km with the original bottom bracket of my first bike. Is this one going to be better? The future will tell me :-)
|Bottom Bracket illustration|
|Original||2015 Jan 06||Sydney (AU)||…km||On going||/|
The first time I broke my chain I was so surprised. I did not know that was possible, seriously! I did not plan on my budget to buy a new chain every 3000km. New Zealand is quite expensive regards technology stuff. 90$NZD one chain! Arf!
|Shimano XT||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||1511km||Kawakawa bay||/|
|Shimano XT||2012 Sep 04||Kawakawa bay||1811km||Somewhere||$89|
|Shimano XT||2012 Nov 18||Somewhere||1854km||Christchurch||$90|
|SRAM PC1050||2013 Jan 23||Christchurch||1994km||Hokitika||$90|
|SRAM PC1031||2013 May 10||Hokitika||2410km||Cairns (OZ)||$90|
|Shimano XTR||2013 Sep 07||Cairns||3031km||Sydney||$90|
|Shimano XTR||2014 Jun 23||Sydney||~3500km (commuting)||Sydney (bike sold)||$49|
Same for the cassette. When I bought my first new chain the guy from the workshop explained to me how it does work. Once the chain is too long, it starts ruining the other pieces of the drive train. You can use about 3 or 4 chains with one cassette. After that you will realise that it does not fit anymore and the chain gets court in the system.
|Shimano XT||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||3322km||Napier||/|
|SRAM PC1050||2012 Nov 08||Napier||3848km||Hokitika||$165|
|SRAM PC1050||2013 May 23||Hokitika||~7100km||Sydney (AU) (bike sold)||$220|
And that the same for the chainrings. I’ve spent so much money on drive train with that bike. Of course, because it was a light mountain bike, almost everything was XT or XTR. That’s good, that’s light, but it’s not designed to last… This is what I’ve learnt and I’m so glad I have a belt today.
|Shimano XT||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||7170km||Hokitika||/|
|SHIMANO XT||2013 May 23||Hokitika||5395km||Sydney (AU)||$307|
|FSA K-Force||2014 Jul 11||Sydney (Commuting)||~3500km||Sydney (bike sold)||$80|
I was no that surprise when I had to change the free hub. Actually it did a very good job, all NZ! The next one, same model, would last the same but I’ve sold my bike in Sydney.
|Free hub illustration|
|Shimano XT||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||9711km||Cairns (AU)||/|
|SHIMANO XT||2013 Sep 07||Cairns||~4800km||Sydney (bike sold)||$50|
Another piece that needs to be change one in a while. Maybe, the freehub and the bottom bracket could be change at the same time to avoid any bad surprise.
|Bottom bracket illustration|
|Shimano XT||2012 Jun 21||Auckland (NZ)||11049km||Woolgoolga (AU)||/|
|SHIMANO XT||2013 May 23||Woolgoolga||~4250km||Sydney (bike sold)||$35+$45 labour|