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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Depends. We haven't had any rain to speak of in a couple of months, so conditions have been really dry. I usually just spray down the bike, wipe down the chain with a rag and reapply lube the next morning (making sure all the h2o evaporates overnight).
If it's been a muddy ride, I fill a bucket with soapy water, and I have two sponges. One for the frame, fork, bars, seat. I use another one specifically for the drivetrain, and I have a cog brush to go over the rear cassette. I also have a stiff brush that I scrub down the tires with. I use a Sram Powerlink on my chain, and remove it, soak it in degreaser (drop it into a bottle with a lid that I can shake) and let it soak for 15 to 30 mins then let it hang to dry overnight. Then reinstall and relube the next day!
I don't generally wipe off the extra water, but as I'm cleaning, I inspect every weld for cracks or peeling paint.
About twice a year and tear down my suspension fork. I usually put new oil in and will replace the seal kit annually.
I've got all sealed bearings on my hubs and headset, so I don't do much with those unless they're rolling rough, then it's just a press out and a press in of new bearings.
Discs, I replace my pads when needed. Usually don't have to do much to readjust them. I've never had to bleed my brakes after initial set-up.
"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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