Bicycle Mechanics - maintainence Question
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07-01-05, 12:36 AM
my bike has gone a long time without a good wash and I'm throwing the drivtrain in a degreaser bucket tonight. is there anything that I shouln't put in their? I bought some teflon dry lube, should I use it on everything after the cleaning. it it ok to leave it degreasing overnight in the simple green? thanks in advance for the info.
Simple Green does have a nasty habit of being harsh on Aluminum parts. Rather than tossing everything in a bucket (fine for chains and cassettes) why not just spend a couple minutes with an old toothbrush and a couple rags?
Don't put your cat in; they hate that.
07-02-05, 02:40 AM
Toss in chain and let that soak; give your cassette a quick bath as well. I usually use brake cleaner for the cranks, and a rag for the deralleur pulleys.
Remember to hose the chain down with a stream of water afterwards, this goes miles towards having a clean chain...
07-03-05, 11:13 PM
Just as an FYI for drivetrain maintenance...
Here are the definitive words on chain maintenance and when to replace a chain. This should really be a sticky due to so many chain questions.
Lennard Zinn - Everything you ever wanted to know about dirty chains:
Very good article! Suggests replacing at 1/16" stretch.
Lennard Zinn - Chain wear:
Suggests replacing at 1,500 miles and before 1/8" stretch.
Park Tool - CC-3 Chain Checker:
The CC-3 is a "Go, No-Go" gauge designed to accurately indicate when a chain reaches 0.75% and 1% wear.
CC-3 here for $10:
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