Picked up a Supercycle Hooligan for cheap, and I'm looking for some maintenance tips. I'm used to maintaining "bare bones" bikes.
Main questions before I go into more details:
- How do I overhaul this "Mercalli Downhill" suspension fork?
- I was in the middle of removing the crank arms before I found out I needed a special puller...what's the proper torque value to put the bolts back on?
- Third paragraph lists the stuff I have already done - what's next?
I know you guys won't like this bike, but it was only $50 and I had been wanting either rear suspension, seatpost suspension, or the old-school seats with huge springs for a while now. I live in a semi-rural area and sometimes the only place I can relax while riding on our higher-speed two-lane roads is on the gravel shoulder.
I don't do any trails that couldn't be handled by even a road bike, and 99% of my riding is for errands around town, 40 km round-trip at most. I never even get the wheels off the ground aside from riding off a curb once in a while, so this bike seems adequate. I checked the welds with a flashlight worthy of aircraft inspections, and no problems there.
Anyways, like I do with used cars, I always do a complete maintenance run on any bike I get. So far I have cleaned and lubricated the chain, front and rear derailleurs, the sleeves in those plastic rear derailleur gears, the rear coil spring assembly, the seatpost and tube, cleaned the gears, and adjusted the brakes and derailleurs. I cleaned and repacked all the hubs with marine-grade bearing grease except the one in the rear wheel, on the side with the gears. I don't have the tool to remove the gears so I will probably have the LBS repack it once every fall. I'm not sure how to disassemble and clean the "Mercalli Downhill" suspension forks. I couldn't remove the crank arms to get to the swing arm pivot, so I just sprayed some penetrating graphite lubricant in there. I'm guessing it's just a sleeve type bushing instead of anything with bearings in there.
Things I plan to do next: repack the headset bearings, take the cable sheaths off and coat the cables with graphite, wax the down tube for winter riding, apply the reflective tape as required by law up here in Ontario, and fab a mount for my zombie-killing flashlight. Anything else I can do to keep the bike in good shape through both winter and summer? This will be a 99% commuter bike with three or four light trails a year.