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Old 03-10-07, 02:18 PM   #1
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cleaning your derailers

so winter is almost over, i think baltimore has had the last of it's snow and it's time to give a real cleaning to the bikes... obviously washing the frame, wheels, bars, etc is easy enough, and i know how to care for bearing parts like the hubs, headset and BB, but i was curious as to any tips on how to properly clean a derailer? what about brakes calipers? i obviously don't want (or need, i assume) to dismantle any part of these to get into all the little nooks and crannies that build up gunk. any suggestions? thanks
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Baby bottle cleaning brush.
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I used to use a toothbrush... my brother's (just kidding). It actually worked better than the Park drivetrain cleaning brush which was really too big for the pulleys and stuff. Even then, I still remove the pulleys and cassette cogs clean everything really well about once a year.
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I just spray it with Finishline Bike Wash, scrub with a soft toothbrush and rinse with low pressure water.
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I must be lazy, I think. About every 1 or 2 months, I scrape off the crud accumulated on the galley pulleys with a tiny screwdriver. It takes less than one minute and I'm done.

Maybe once a year, I "wash" the springs with some WD-40 and re-lube the derailleur. Neither derailleurs nor my shifting complains.
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do you all lube it back up after working it over with the brush? i have a toothbrush i use for cleaning, i just don't want to clean off all the good grease and lube as well as the grime
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do you all lube it back up after working it over with the brush? i have a toothbrush i use for cleaning, i just don't want to clean off all the good grease and lube as well as the grime
YES! Usually when I do this I will clean the entire driveline and bike as well. Then relube everything.
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I wipe it down, spray with White Lightning Clean Streak or brake cleaner, then when finally get to washing my bike i coat it with simple green or whatever cleaner i'm using and let it sit while i wash the rest of the bike. Scrub a bit, rinse, dry, lube, ride.
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