There’s a Pedego Facebook page, one meant for owners to connect and not just the company pimping their wares for the masses. They moderate the page, but rarely interfere, even when there are complaints.
I appreciate this, I really do. It leaves the members open to discuss
the bad along with the good, and one of the things most complained
about is the brakes. For a spendy bike, the brakes are annoyingly
squeaky; you’d think a company making a bike this expensive would figure
out how to put brakes on it that you can’t hear from 5 blocks away.
I’ve put up with the squeal since I bought the bike in August 2017.
It’s annoying, yes, but the brakes always stopped the bike and felt
But this week it felt like I was pulling the rear brake lever further
to the grip than usual, and I assumed it meant it was time for new
brake pads. The dealer is an hour away and I really didn’t want to haul
the bike there, leave it for who knows how long, and then make the drive
back to get it. So we took it to a local bike shop; really local–as
small as this place is, there’s a shop that sells and repairs bicycles,
and the owner was willing to take a look.
Initially, he didn’t think I’d worn the brakes down,so he did a few
adjustments and I took it for a test ride…and it still squealed
I admit, I would have left it like that. He’d done more than adjust
the brakes; he tightened some loose parts on the front end, reattached
the wires on my headlamp, and taken some slack out of the brake cables.
But he wanted to figure out the squeal, so we left again so he could
figure it out.
He wound up changing the pads and discovered that they’d not only
worn unevenly, one of them and a weird little lip on it. The brake was
engaging, but was off alignment so part of it never touched the disk.
New pads, more tightening of things, truing the disks…and the squeak is
pretty much gone. The front has a tiny squeal to it, but given how bad
it was before, I can live with that.
It feels like a new bike now. I didn’t realize there was anything
amiss up front, though now I can feel the difference. I’ll be able to
brake more efficiently; I’ve been letting up at the first squeals and
riding the back brake since it wasn’t quite as noisy.
Finger crossed it doesn’t start up again.
And I discovered I won’t melt while riding. It was raining on the way
there, and it was raining on the way back, but other than my glasses
getting wet and it’s annoying to try to see through droplet-covered
lenses, the bike still felt solid on the street surface.
I’d almost be willing to do it again.
I also started researching road bikes online. I don’t think I can do
the same 20-30 miles I do now on one, but I’d like an entry level hybrid
to ride around the neighborhood, and build on that. I don’t want to
spend a lot, but damn, some of the prettiest bikes out there are
I can’t imagine ever getting to point where a $13,000 bicycle would be optimal for me, not at my age.
But, we’ll see what I eventually wind up with…as long as it’s under $600 or so. And spiffy looking. And fast.
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