I've had my bike since February 2009, and I've had lots of use out of her. I've never had a problem with it at all. I have ridden 3400 kms (2112 miles) on her!
I thought I'd better take it to the shop before Tour De Jasper. I am glad I did, as I needed a new chain and back cassette.
How often do you change your chains? I am thinking once a year- 1200 miles or so (2000 or so Kms) would be good. I should have trusted the chain wear gauge I bought recently, it said chain was stretched and worn. I have never used one before so I wasn't sure if I was using it correctly.
I am glad that I brought it in to shop before the trip and it was worth the cost (they gave me a deal) as it's better to deal with any problems beforehand so it doesn't break on the actual bike tour. :)
I also got a new kickstand, so now my bike stands up straight once again. I wish there was a kickstand under the bike on both sides..so the heavy grocery loads wouldn't bend the stand over time. I had to slightly adjust the height of the new kickstand as it had a tendancy to want to fall over
Here is my bike, straight as can be, ready for it's upcoming big adventure!