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    newbie bike maintenance.....

    Hello all,

    I am new this year to mountain biking coming from a few years of Road. I have a few probably low-level questions that I would like some advice from the veterans here.

    I have ridden mostly single-track trails before work the past month and am wondering:

    1. my bike got dirty, obviously, how sort of tools do I need to properly clean it? How often should I do so?

    2. What types of tools, cartidges, etc, should I carry in the bag under my seat? Typically I'm not that far from my car but how does Road maintenance vary from mtb? Are mtb flats more or less common than road?

    Thanks for any advice (more entry level question coming over the summer).

    Benny

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    Keep your drive train clean. How often to clean depends on how dirty you get.

    The rest is mostly for show except maybe keeping the seals clean on your suspension fork.

    I find I get flats less often on the mtb than the roadie, but I run tubeless with stans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennybenny View Post
    1. my bike got dirty, obviously, how sort of tools do I need to properly clean it? How often should I do so?
    Exactly the same as a road bike, bikes a bike when it comes to cleaning, for when to? when it gets dirty.

    Quote Originally Posted by bennybenny View Post

    2. What types of tools, cartidges, etc, should I carry in the bag under my seat? Typically I'm not that far from my car but how does Road maintenance vary from mtb? Are mtb flats more or less common than road?
    No real difference from a road bike, make sure the tools you have fit the bolts/fasteners on you bike (and you know how to use them), a shock pump is useful if you have a shock that needs one, and appropriate sized inner tubes / lower pressure pump as opposed to a high pressure road one. If using CO2, unless you have a fat bike, 16g cartridges work the same for road or MTB

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    Take a rag and clean the fork sanctions, bits that go down into the fork legs when you hit bumps, after or before you ride. Bump the suspension a bit after the first wipe down and do it again. Usually helps get more gook that builds up around the seals.

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    C-Law,

    What does tubeless with stans mean? I know what tubes are and have replaced them w road flats, so my bike might not have tubes? If this is the case, are flats less likely?

    Sorry to ask such rudimentary questions, pretty new here.

    Benny

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    Flats will depend on the trails and the ability of the rider to read the trail. If you run low air pressure for grip you have to be extra careful about sharp rocks and edges. If you are riding in shale it is pretty sharp and can take out sidewalls pretty easy. Tubes or no tubes the rules are the same. I wouldn't say one style is worse or better than the other because there are to many variables. As far as cleaning I just hose mine off wipe it down and move on. I do wipe of the fork tubes anytime they get dirty if I have a clean rag available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennybenny View Post
    What does tubeless with stans mean?
    Stans is a brand of sealant, there are many others, but Stans probably the best known, this is used with tubeless tires to seal any holes.

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    I found that keeping the drivetrain clean is easier when I use a dry chain lube. You need to reapply more often, but it's easier than cleaning the gunk from your chain and cassette that a wet lube can attract. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennybenny View Post
    C-Law,

    What does tubeless with stans mean? I know what tubes are and have replaced them w road flats, so my bike might not have tubes? If this is the case, are flats less likely?

    Sorry to ask such rudimentary questions, pretty new here.

    Benny
    I do not use tubes in any of my mountain bike tires. I use regular tires, and skip the tubes, using sealant instead. There are many kinds of sealant.

    In the area I ride, there are thorns that will puncture tubes pretty much every ride if you don't use sealant. YMMV

    You are probably running a traditional setup with tires and tubes like your roadbike. In that case, just ride and see how often you get flats. If your not getting them, stick with what you got.

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