General Cycling Discussion - How to clean casette - erm, at the bottom inbetween...
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05-15-10, 01:43 PM
Had a new casette installed and after a week or two it's already as if there is a black matt tape inbetween the 4 most used sprockets. I mean a matt black that's all around the center axle. I can clean the sprockets themself/the sides. but not at the bottom.
Just bought a tool to get it out but it doesn't even come close to removal-should I use sanding paper or what? (not that I will do that - most likely is that I will leave it - ). Any tips?
Shoelace. Work it like you do dental floss.
05-15-10, 02:38 PM
I don't know but what would it take to get you to clean my bikes for me?
05-15-10, 04:10 PM
Well, it is not that I wanted/expected it to look new for months - but I thought I should be able to keep it like new for a while - anyway the shoelace method tried with some degreaser and stil it is there as if the axle was black to begin with - Retro Grouch - I think you are right - I'll forget it and ride instead.
05-15-10, 04:53 PM
Check another new one, so you know what you are looking at. Maybe, it was like that all along.
If it started out shiney, and silver, it can be cleaned to that again - shouldn't be toooo much trouble.
I just floss mine with a hunk of old terrycloth, until it's clean. Use mineral spirits, kerosene, or diesel fuel as a cleaner. Then dry it off with a clean hunk of rag, and you're good to go. My sprockets are silver, but the piece they are attached to is black.
If you keep your chain clean, the cassette stays pretty clean as well. When I do get mine dirty, I take the wheel off and spray it with brake cleaner. I fill a bucket half full of water, lay the wheel on the bucket and spray, then rinse it right away and it almost looks like new.
Are you looking at black plastic spacers between those cogs? I just put a new SRAM cassette on one of my 'bents and the spacers are black and - I just took a look - with a kinda matte looking texture. This is how they look new.
05-16-10, 07:05 AM
The complete casette looked shiney; no rings/spacers; however now they look as if equipped with matt black spacers... oh well just came off the bike and enjoyed myself even with the dirty casette..
05-16-10, 11:39 AM
I've been using shop towels, the heavy duty blue paper towels that mechanics use. Fold it in half and wet it with odorless mineral spirits, you can sort of floss it like that. I was going to try to find some pipe cleaners, but I like the shoelace idea...
05-16-10, 02:37 PM
I may not be the only one who likes to get things clean - the bike that is... I'll give it another go later this week. Planned bike programme for this week Mo, Tue, Th, Fri, Sat, Sunday; hell that almost too much time spend on the bike and I mean riding it instead of cleaning it ;-)
05-16-10, 04:30 PM
The edge of the white towels at costco (60 pack) work great for flossing the cassette. Soak the edge with brake klean or other solvent and you are set to go. Also, stop overlubing your chain. It really doesn't take much. bk
05-16-10, 07:47 PM
Also, stop overlubing your chain. It really doesn't take much. bk
i just put a drop of Boeshield on the inside of each link, I don't care if the outside side faces of the chain gets anything. The functional bit is the pins right?
05-16-10, 11:29 PM
Someone on here once said they use a piece of (corrugated) cardboard. Sounds like it would work. I'm not fastidious enough to worry enough about it, myself.
05-16-10, 11:32 PM
I use an old toothbrush.
05-17-10, 08:21 AM
If it's really gunky, a plastic knife. Usually thin enough and the teeth make short work of gunk. After you're down to the spacers, a shoelace, as has been said already. But I don't just use any shoelace. Instead, I go for the really strong ones made for work boots.
05-17-10, 08:38 AM
if it matters, I've read that brake cleaner is more toxic for people and the environment than mineral spirits (which seems to clean just fine?).
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