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    bike maintenance

    I have a road bike with 6,000 km on it. What type of maintenance does it require at this point? Rims are true.

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    Give it a once over...make sure mounting bolts are properly tightened. Note this does not mean torque them as far as they can go. Just make sure nothing is loosening. Don't touch limit screws on your deraileurs, nor the cable adjusters for the brakes and deraileurs unless you really want to learn how to set those back...it's a real pain if you are unfamiliar with it.

    I would check the brake pads (resurface with flat file if necessary) and clean the braking surfaces on the rims thoroughly.

    Prety much if everything seems fine, it probably is..but you should do checkups every so often. I do my thorough checkups every 250mi...whatever that is in Kilometers

    And keep that cassette cluster and chain nice and clean, as well as the rest of the cogs and gears the chain runs across...a clean drivetrain is a smooth shifting one, which will probably make for a happier rider. I clean the drivetrain thoroughly using stiff bristle brushes, sponges, and isopropyl alcohol once a month, then follow it with a nice oil dressing on the gears and chain, wiping off any excess.
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    Consider overhauling your hubs (removing bearings, cleaning bearings, replacing worn-out bearings, greasing the bearings, repacking everything). The bearings in the hubs can get worn. When they get worn, they can damage the hub.

    This can be a difficult job the first time (it took me several hours), so you may want to take it to your LBS. If you don't already have the correct tools, you will need to go there anyway. I followed the instructions in Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.

    If you do it yourself, make sure it's when the LBS is open. That way, you can buy more bearings if needed.

    Also, grease your seat post, and take apart, clean, and grease your jockey wheels.

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    Just dropped off my bike at the shop. Needs a new chain and the hubs need to be cleaned and greased. The mechanic asked me the mileage. When i told him 3700 miles, he seemed surprised that the chain had lasted that long and the cassette was still good. This bike is a 2004 Giant OCR3 that was my first real road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Templar
    Just dropped off my bike at the shop. Needs a new chain and the hubs need to be cleaned and greased. The mechanic asked me the mileage. When i told him 3700 miles, he seemed surprised that the chain had lasted that long and the cassette was still good. This bike is a 2004 Giant OCR3 that was my first real road bike.
    Huh? My cassette is still doing fine at 15,000 miles! I just put my 4th chain on it today. One was fine for 8000 miles and the lastest was used for 5000. Only the first one was relatively short-term (2000 miles).

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