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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Get a Sram Power Link when you buy your bike. It's a quick disconnect link for your chain.
After muddy rides, I hose down the bike, remove wheels and get all the big chunks off. I fill a bucket with Dawn detergent and water and use a sponge to wash the bike off, using a seperate sponge for the drivetrain. I'll then remove the chain, soak it in some degreaser for a while 5-10 mins and then hang it to dry overnight. If you don't, and apply lube you can trap moisture in between the links.
I lube the chain the next day, (or next time I ride) by applying a drop to each link, backpeddaling for a minute and then wipe off any excess.
FYI, I use Dawn dishwashing detergent b/c I had a Cannondale with CODA disc brakes and that was Cannondale's recommended solution for their brakes. I got rid of that bike buy still had a lot of Dawn left.
BTW, I like the Brodie's better!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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