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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-05-07, 09:08 PM   #1
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bicycle maintenance

Hi again, I am wondering what I should be doing to keep my bike working well? I don't do anything major. I will probably stick to a 45 minute ride (5-6 times per week) around the neighborhood pulling my son in his baby trailer.

I called a local LBS and they said they would sell me a tuning package. When do I need this? Do I need this? I am pretty handy with tools and such, even though I spend my days developing websites for a living.
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Old 08-05-07, 09:30 PM   #2
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Chain clean and lubed. There are lots of ways to do this. Do a search and learn more then I can type. Cables clean and lubed. Wipe them off at every point where they leave the cable housing. A drop or two (no more) of Tri-Flow on the cable once a quarter is fine. Pedals clean and lubed, as needed. Brakes kept in adjustment and pads replaced as needed. Again, do a search and learn more than I can type. Derailers clean and lubed. Wipe them clean and a drop of tri-flow on all pivot points once a quarter is fine. Avoid the carwash with the bike to keep water out of where it is not supposed to be (wheel bearings, head set, bottom bracket etc). After that, it's corrective maintenance, replacing chains when needed, cassettes, chain rings etc. Thats LBS territory for me. Wheel truing is maintenance too, I use the LBS for that work as well.
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Old 08-05-07, 09:44 PM   #3
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Funny you mention car washes, my family owns a couple.
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Old 08-05-07, 09:57 PM   #4
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I own a self serve car wash also. I wet bike with the low pressure weep and wipe down with the foam brush. Rinse with low pressure weep. Only pull trigger for high pressure to clean tyres. Actually if you hold the wand a couple feet from the bike there isn't a lot of pressure. Should probably do more maintenance, but so far I've only lubed chain when it looks dry. I might get 2000 miles on my main bike this year....maybe I'll finally break down and actually clean the chain on that one.
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