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Old 06-04-04, 12:07 PM   #1
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Regular Bike Maintenance and Cleaning

What sort of regular bike Maintenance and cleaning do you all do? I mean, what do you do to your bike after a ride? On a weekly basis or a monthly basis? How much time do you spend working on your bike? Basically, describe the work that you do on your bike on a regular basis.
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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.

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Old 06-04-04, 03:12 PM   #3
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What sort of regular bike Maintenance and cleaning do you all do? I mean, what do you do to your bike after a ride? On a weekly basis or a monthly basis? How much time do you spend working on your bike? Basically, describe the work that you do on your bike on a regular basis.
Every 100 miles (at least once per week) i thoroughly degrease and relube my MTB chain/cassette/chainrings. Where i ride the performance of the drive train fails quickly after 100 miles. I usually wash them off at least once a week too. I don't like having dirty stuff hanging in my garage. I never store my bike wet so i always try and blow any water off of it before i hang it up.

I ride two different bikes so when one gets cleaned and lubed i hang it on the wall until it is time for the other one to get the same treatment. This gives me several extra days to get around to cleaning.
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