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    Mister Slick Matadon's Avatar
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    Cleaning the cassette and crank...

    I've noticed that the cassette and crank seem to pick up a massive amount of road-crap during the wet, winter months; especially sand and dirt (no salty roads around here).

    How do you keep them clean?

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    I grab each end of an old sock, stretch it out and crease it longitudinally, and "floss" between the cogs and between the rings. Old toothbrushes are also decent crevice-cleaning tools.
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    You can also get a prett cool cog brush [follow this link] from Park Tool that does the job pretty well. The serrated end is sort of a gunk-grabber for between cogs. Clean the cassette with a citrus degreaser or simple clean.

    For really stubborn grit -- and when I find myself riding in cruddy weather -- I remove the cassette and clean each cog individually. I also do a complete overhaul of the serviceable parts of the rear derailleur a couple of tikes a year, as needed.
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    nylon stockings work well for this task. Just stretch & floss.

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    Spray a bunch of cleaner over the dirty crap, then use a brush and bursh it all out......"flossing" is dumb and all it does is smear the crap all over the place, making it harder to clean.

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    Originally posted by velocipedio
    You can also get a prett cool cog brush [follow this link] from Park Tool that does the job pretty well. The serrated end is sort of a gunk-grabber for between cogs.
    Yup, I've got one. That end works well for grabbing the bigger pieces of gunk. You can just flip it around for the smaller pieces.

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    See some earlier theads/links in this catagory or in "Road BIke' and other cats., there's some good stuff there.

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    Pedro's Tooth Brush works pretty well too.

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