Milage 34.000 miles or 134.000 miles

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Milage 34.000 miles or 134.000 miles

Post by raggun » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:46 pm

Maybe a stupid question, but here goes. How do I know my bikes true mileage as the odometer only has 5 digits.

The odometer says 34.445 miles but there is no telling if the true mileage is 134.445 or even 234.445 miles.


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Re: Milage 34.000 miles or 134.000 miles

Post by dingdong » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:36 am

How many trips around Rt 1 is 234k miles? Just joking! Really no way to know for sure.

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Re: Milage 34.000 miles or 134.000 miles

Post by eklimek » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:23 am

I am not sure it is true that one can not tell if the mileage is 35K vs 135K or 235 K. I suspect wear on load bearing parts wil be helpful.

For example - from another web site -

The life of wheel bearings are directly related to revolutions (mileage) and load. The higher the load on the bearings, the shorter the effective life. There are also things that can shorten life (shock, fatigue etc). These are all related to the mileage you put on them (although we refer to it as Revs). As engineers we size the wheel bearings so the life is effectively longer than the life of the other components on the machine (if replacement is expensive, etc). We do this by oversizing the bearing w/r to the load. This is what car manufacturers do. This allows extremely long life. The other side of the coin is the quality distribution of the bearings. It for the most part, follows a bell curve. Meaning not all bearings are created equal. Some bearings will last a really long time, some will not last long at all. Its the nature of manufacturing and engineering. The majority will suffice though. So you shouldn't rule out failure of any component just because it shouldn't happen.

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