It's a 2009 model. Some of the mechanical parts are getting a bit tired so time to replace.
Onto the workshop bench.
Some of the parts on this 2009 model are no longer available new. There are some N.O.S. in far flung internet places around the world.
Rather than mess around I decided to upgrade the mechanicals. This requires a change of everything including - gear shifters, Derailleurs front and rear, brake levers and brake calipers plus the chainset. (the gears next to the pedals).
One would think it would be better to just flog the old one off on the great auction site and buy another bike. But $400 vs $2000
Carefull ebay trolling can save a few hundred dollars on Local Bike Shop pricing.
I decided the wheel bearings needed to be serviced. These are old fashioned ball bearings,cones and hubs. Note the cones are knackered
Went to three different L.B.S.'s (local bike shops in bicycle parlance) to buy the cones. They are common Taiwanese made parts.
Very difficult to source.
Did you know that the Australian bicycle market is 1.5 million new bikes a year?
You would think wheel bearing bits would be easy to find.
At the last L.B.S., the man who sold them to me said.
Lucky we had these. No demand for them any more. Young people don't want to get their hands dirty. They'd rather buy a new wheel when bearings require new grease. Someone might get their hands greasy when doing the job. Only old farts like us like to fix things
Here's my old handlebars with brake and gear selector levers.
here's the new mech stuff
Do you think the old brake levers and gear selectors will work with the new mech?
Of course they won't. New levers and gear selectors required. The bike is near 10 years old.
And your thought M.B. are bad with their parts. Bicycles open up a whole new world of non conformance.