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How long should they last?(6 posts)

How long should they last?charleyadams
Jul 13, 2001 5:58 PM
How long should the following last:

brake pads
rear cassette
chain rings

I know there are no exact answers, but at what mileage should I start to inspect, overhaul, or change them. I am 240 lbs, so I would guess that I would wear stuff out quicker than a lighter person.

re: How long should they last?look271
Jul 13, 2001 6:13 PM
Here's an approximation from my experience (5'11" 185lbs)
tires: depending on make, about 2k for the rear; fronts last alot longer
brake pads: almost forever- it'll be a long time 'till you replace them!
chain: hard to say, but I usually change mine every year (2-3k miles)
rear cassette: change with chain
hubs: they'll last a long time and can be repacked/regreased. They need to be repacked when there's play in the hubs or they don't roll smooth
saddle; hard to say; I ride mine until they've gotten too cut up from falls or no longer feel "comfy".
chain rings: will last for years; need to be replaced if the chain is loose on the ring (you can pull the chain off of) the ring

Hope this helps!
questiondoc (tro)
Jul 13, 2001 7:17 PM
in your time length for saddles: why do use the plural for the word "falls"
seriously, how many times have you fallen?...more than once?...and is this common among other riders?

Also on the subject of saddles, I am currently riding a saddle that I've had for a little more than a year and when I go up a particularly steep hill I can feel the center of the saddle (between the contact points of the rails) flexing or giving way in rhythym with my pedal strokes...I am wondering if this is expected wear, nothing to worry about, something that needs to be replaced, or what?

thanks in advance
Jul 14, 2001 11:51 AM
As for crashes, I haven't gone down on my Look yet (over 1 yr, knock on wood!), so my saddle isn't scuffed or cut. As for the flex in your's, what kind do you have? Some saddles are designed with some flex in them.
questiondoc (tro)
Jul 14, 2001 3:32 PM
I bought a topo (the name of their "generic" saddle) from Performance bike. It is going on 1500 miles.
Jul 14, 2001 3:38 PM
I'm not familiar with them (ok, I've seen them in Performanc's catalogue) but I would suspect that a certain amount of flex is built into it. My Selle italia prolink (with about 2k on it) flexes somewhat, too.