Cycling in Sydney Australia
Its now been over 4 years and approximately 25,000 km's since I bought my Kona DrFine commuter with 8spd Alfine hub.
In my last update some 12 months ago I had reached the 20,000 km milestone having been doored a couple of months earlier at 3 year mark.
Since then I estimate that I have only added another 5000 km as I have been off the bike again.
This time it was my own fault. Late August my neighbour invited me to go for a ride around Manly Dam on his other carbon soft tail. It was my first time around the dam and perhaps a little out of my depth as I managed to dislocate my shoulder going over the bars clipped in ¾ of the way around the track.
In the weeks leading up to this that I had some kind of nerve damage in the right hip/leg which I think was meralgia paresthetica. This had me on and off the bike as well. The symptom is limited to a random and sudden bee sting like or electric shock on a specific part of the upper thigh. At it's worst it happened every hour or so all day and night but generally limited to a few times a day. Anyone else had this?
The good news is that my shoulder didn't require surgery and nearly 6 months on it's 90% there. And the time off the bike gave the damaged nerve a chance to rest and heal.
Depending on which way you look at it it was also good timing for me to get a severe sinus infection a couple of weeks after the accident. Perhaps not so great timing for my wife to have a baby with me nursing my sore shoulder and constantly blowing my nose 24/7. Baby Isaac was born 11pm September 11th, 58 cms long, 8 pounds with long strong legs!
Unlike my old and worn out self the 8spd Alfine hub Kona is still going strong.
Last update I replaced the 45 chain ring with a 39 with 18 tooth rear cog. At the time I complained that it didn’t seem to make much difference in the lower gears and spinning out much earlier in top gear down hills. I have since gone to a 20 tooth rear cog and it seems to be a much better solution on my commute as I find I am making the most from the range on most of commute and now able to sit and spin in second or third on several hills including Battle Boulevard when I used to have to get out of the seat.
I’ve also had the discs replaced. I think the generic brand pads I was using might have contributed to excessive wear on the discs. These pads lasted a long time but made a hell of racket in the wet and didn’t work as well as the factory Shimano resin pads. I have since gone to another brand of pad that work as well as the factory ones, are quiet and long wearing.
Still yet to have a puncture and still running on Matharon Plus’ which Ok but the rear seems to go bald quickly.
I keep toying with the idea of getting a roadie or a nice soft tail mountain bike, or both! But the reliability and low maintenance of the Kona. It can also take a bit of punishment going up and down gutters and through pot holes. And so I'll stick with it for now until the finances allow for that roadie.
Till next year.