Here is a post about my bicycle I call “Wooffie”. First I put specs of the bicycle and then my evaluation
Framework 25 CrMo 4, 2 double butted with eccentric bottom bracket
Fork 25 CrMo 4 a-head
Gear lever Rohloff 14-speed twist shifter
Sprocket 16 teeth
BB Sugino Messenger 42 teeth
Chain Shimano hg 93
Handles Ergon GP 1
Brakes Magura HS33 hydraulic rim brake
Saddle Gel Selle Royal Respiro
Seatpost Satori Camber Patent, Aluminium Satori Camber patent, aluminum ?
Wheels EXAL MX19, aluminum hollow chamber, double eyelets ?
Front Hub Deluxe SON hub dynamo
Tires Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
Fenders SKS fixed bridge with edge protection
Porter Lowrider Rear Tubus Cargo / front: Tubus Tara Lowrider
Spotlight B & M IQ Cyo RT Lumotec Senso Plus, LED, 40 lux
Taillight B&M Line LED mit Standlicht B & M Line LED parking light
Pedals VP-196 with reflector
(Chain guard Hebie Chainglider)
Weight ~16 kg
Other Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit, Bottle holders 3x , ring bell (from China), Abus lock, Sigma Computer, Mirror Mirrycle, Ortlieb locking mounting bracket (for Handlebar Bag)
HOW DID WOOFFIE MANAGE ON MY TOUR?
In general, I was very pleased with Wooffie. I cycled around 21 500km with the load (35-45kg), mostly on paved roads and had no bigger problems . It was really pleasent and easy to ride -like Mercedes.
Rohloff – It works really good. The lowest and highest transmission is enough to cycle over Andes or shake off an Indian cyclist following you. Exchanging hub oil every 10 000km and reversing the rear sprocket once was all I had to do. I swapped chains every ~1500km (had chain guard) and my sprockets look still ready for another World tour.
Magura Brakes – I had three pair of brake pads and they lasted easily to the end. Very good and steady braking.
Marathon Supreme – Good choice for my “fast” tour. I was on paved roads most of the time, with some rainy days. Tyres lasted until the end, and are still usable. After my first puncture in India, I had 25 more punctures.
Robustness- I guess all the parts were really good, because I had no problems with anything cracking whatsover. Frame, racks, pedals, fork, excellent!
Outlook- It doesn’t look like a super expensive bicycle.
Rims – Had only one spoke issue, when one idiot moved my locked bicycle with force. I was worried about a rim crack in South America, but my rims lasted until the very end.
Mirror Mirrycle- The best thing to have as an extra feature on your bicycle.
Front Light – Amazingly powerful light for night riding.
Flats – If you get a “hidden” puncture in the rear tube, you are screwed. You have to unscrew just too many small (and annoyingly attached) screws to get the inner tube out. This is because of strange attachment of the Rohloff speed hub.
Fenders - Just too close to the tires. The rear wheel must be deflated in order to remove it. Also more thick mountain bike tires (especially for the rear wheel) were touching the fenders no matter what.
Expensiveness – even though it doesn’t look like it, it is expensive. That is why you need a good lock to sleep your nights calmly. And good lock weighs more than necessary.
Fixing Rohloff & Brakes – Rohloff speed hub, although “unbreakable”, and Magura hydraulic brakes are difficult to fix in the middle of nowhere… you just have to trust that the cables and Rohloff lasts. And they should.
Weight- I know I shouldn’t comment on my girlfriends weight, but she should lose some kilos. Sorry
Pletscher stand – Of course nice to put your bike on stand (and it stands), yet screws got loose way too often. Perhaps unnecessary weight?
Chain glider- keeps the mud and filth out of your chains, but keeps stupid noise. Also, with a puncture you need to take it out again and again. Not necessary…
Saddle – Not very comfortable, but I guess ergonomic and healthy for my “manhood”.
10 BIKE ISSUES DURING MY TRIP
1) For unknown reason my spotlight stopped functioning after one week. I was still in Germany, so I managed to replace it without any extra costs.
2) I accidently poked my saddle into a fence and made a small hole in the leather. No effect.
3) My bottle cage and ring bell were demolished by drunken Iranian youngsters close to Persepolis (bottle cage was partly fixed, ring bell renewed in China)
5) First puncture in Mumbai. Since then around 25 more punctures.
6) I lost my other pit lock in India, so had to be extra cautious not to lose the other one.
7) Lost nut holding the rear wheel in Buenos Aires was problematic. 1mm thread pitch nuts were almost impossible to find in BA, until one bike shop had one in their garage.
8) The rear view mirror got fractures by unknow reason in South America.
9) The rear wheel rim seemed to have a small crack in Bolivia, yet no spokes snapped. The rim lasted until the end.
10) Left crank got loose and worn out in Germany because of my sloppy tightening.