A couple of weeks ago I had a long list of maintenance items finally done! Most of which I could have done myself, however a friend (and riding buddy) owns a professional garage and gave me a very reasonable price on installing everything. It really wouldn't have been worth it for me to do myself, other than the learning experience - but I still would've needed to purchase tools AND have the time to do it all (which I don't).
Tires were starting to dry rot, front brake pads were thin, chain wasn't looking too great... so I decided to just do it all. Here's what I went with, all from Bike Bandit:
Kenda K671 tires (front and rear)
- OEM size. These had good reviews and the price undercut some Michelins I'd been eyeing. For my use, they'll be just as good.
DID 520 X-ring chain
. Silver, not gold - I figured gold might look a little weird on a yellow bike.
JT Sprockets 16-tooth front.
JT Sprockets 47-tooth rear
. Went down one for a bit of highway pep.
EBC Semi-sintered brake pads
(front and rear). I went with semi-sintered since they offer a bit of "the best of both worlds" with organic pads' initial bite, and sintered/performance pads' fade resistance. I took the same approach when I bought pads for my cars, usually going for a mid-option.
Besides, Ari Henning just uploaded a great video on brake pads so I had to take some sage wisdom.
All said and done, there was an online coupon for a free bike cover
, so hey that's cool. It's an XL though, much too large for the Seca II and I already have a cover, besides. My Dad owns a Fat Boy so I may give it to him when he visits me next.
I had a brake fluid flush done as well.
So, how's everything work? Great, so far! Though the rear sprocket change isn't much, 47 vs. OEM 48, I do notice a difference and I like it. The tires are, well, much better - they aren't bald and rotting.
Brake feel is much better, obviously a combination of fresh fluid plus the new pads. My old rotors weren't too awful, but I opted to replace them since it was wisest to do so.
Had I more time on a weekly basis, I could've easily done it all except maybe the tires. That I could've done, it just would've taken some patience - plus tools. I don't own a front stand, so that would've needed to be purchased plus a good chain breaker as well. It's always time vs. money with maintenance, and this time it was a FAR better deal to "outsource." In the long term, yeah better to buy the stuff then I can do it all in the future. But I'll do that another day.
I need to wash and wax my poor bike, once I do that I'll upload some new shots.