Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Philadelphia PA
3000 Miles on my Downtube NS
This morning I reached exactly 3000 miles on my Downtube IXNS purchased in February 2007! I have been doing an (almost) daily commute of 8.5 miles r/t in conjunction with an Amtrak ride.
The bike + upgrades cost $400 (I bought it directly from Downtube via ebay at a nice discount, and added a sealed cartridge BB, Planet Bike fenders, and upgraded the derailleur/shifters to SRAM X7).
Total maintenance / repairs cost $300, or 10 cents a mile. That includes 3 Marathon tires (front tire wore at 1900 miles, rear at 2500 miles, and the third... well, let's just say that a stupid nail went in the bottom and out the sidewall). Other repair items included a new front brake (not just pads), many sets of brake pads -- they seem to last 800-1000 miles, new folding pedals just this past week, a few flat-repair tubes, and a couple of quick-release clamp replacements.
Here's to the next 3000!