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    Noob dérailleur help please.

    Hey guys! I ride mountain bike trails in Miami. I rode both days this weekend. I have noticed a bit of noise when I crank at cleaning time. Seems one of the derailleur spindles is a bit rough also. I'm not sure if that's fixable. Also the new chain I had installed at my local bike shop is very noisy when I crank. Full of dirt/debris. Is this normal? Can I fix these issues myself? What cleaning products do you recommend?

    Thank you for any help you can give!

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    I've used a spray cleaner and tooth brush to try and get at most of it, but the problem seems to be deeper. Possibly take apart and clean?

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    What bike and what components? A good bike properly maintained should handle this kind of treatment. A department store bike won't work well even if ridden under completely clean conditions.

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    It's a trek series 6 (6000) / SRAM x5 comp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BONTREKKER View Post
    It's a trek series 6 (6000) / SRAM x5 comp.
    OK, it's a good bike, not a Walmart special. Are you riding in sand or sandy conditions? If the problem is in the rear derailleur, first check that nothing is bent or mis-aligned and that the shifting is good. It may be as simple as a cable tension adjustment. If the alignment is good, the pulleys come out relatively easy for disassembly and cleaning.

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    They fill holes there with sugar sand. So yeah, my entire bottom of the bike is brown and white dust. I know for a fact that the middle spindle is rough. Also the chain sounds horrible. The crank itself is fine. I just don't want to take everything apart. And it was perfectly tuned about a month ago. I have ridden 10 times since then.

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    It may be time to decide . buy tools take the DIY approach,
    or drop it of at a shop, and save your time for other uses..

    chains now have Quick links, so they will come apart and go back together.

    taking it off and cleaning by soaking in a can of solvent
    like paint thinner or kerosene will remove the oil the grit sticks to.
    then you put it back on and re lubricate.

    Park tools has a special pliers designed to make taking
    apart removable quick link chains easier.

    Blowing off the now clean after second Rinse, solvent
    with an air compressor is a luxury.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 02-06-12 at 11:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    chains now have Quick links, so they will come apart and go back together.
    Some have quick links, many do not, including mine.

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    you mentioned a "new chain", IME when a new chain is installed on a used set of cogs and chainrings, it's pretty sure to make more noise than the previous chain. and will likely do so for a while. the jockey wheels may also be in on the conspiracy.

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    The new chain I purchased does in fact have the removable link. I would like to do this myself, considering I ride these conditions twice a week now. So maintenance could get a little pricey if it's in the shop every other week. Is there any way to fully take apart the center spindle in the x5 derailleur? I would love to remove whatever is causing it to stick. By the way, thank you guys for the advice!

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