NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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You're going to need to pull apart the rear derailleur as well.
My suggestion: Go to your LBS and ask for a SRAM PowerLink. It's a master link that enables you to remove your chain without having to "break" it time after time.
SRAM's are designed with serious mountain biking in mind, and I've not ever had mine come apart unexpectadly. Some people have, but I think they didn't connect them properly.
Anyways, they're about $5.00 and well worth it.
I get a 2-liter bottle and fill it about 1/5 with Simple Green or a Citrus Degreser, or Eco-Tech (love the smell of that stuff) then I dilute it some with water to about 1/3 full. I drop in the chain, replace the cap, shake like crazy, remove the chain, rinse it with clean water, hang it up to dry overnight.
Next day, I instal and then drop one drop of lube, (I prefer Pedro's Dry Lube or White Lightning) to each pivot. Backpedal the bike for a while then wipe off any excess lube.
I also drip some lube at each pivot on the derailleur (front and back) and each of the jockey pulleys (little cogs on the rear derailleur).
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