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Old 12-30-06, 10:36 PM   #1
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How YOU maintain your bike

How do you guys maintain your bike? what do you do? how? when?
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Old 12-30-06, 11:14 PM   #2
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I keep my tubes properly inflated, and check for tire wear regularly. Every once in a while, I'll clean my chain and lube it. Maybe once a year I'll re-lube the headset and bottom bracket.

I change bar tape at the slightest sign of wear, however. I hate bad bar tape.
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not as well as i should. i should probably clean my chain since it rained a few times these last weeks....
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Old 12-30-06, 11:17 PM   #4
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No periodic maintenance for me. When something breaks, I fix it.
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Old 12-31-06, 12:14 AM   #5
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clean chain when it gets noisy, replace tape when it gets messed up, fiddle with things, and once in a while a full strip and clean
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Old 12-31-06, 01:10 AM   #7
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I used to have a cup and cone rear hub that didn't seal well so I'd have to clean and repack it wayy too often because it would get crunchy all the time. Now that I laced up a sealed bearing hub to the rear, I've just been cleaning my chain/drive train when it seems especially dirty.
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I used to have a cup and cone rear hub that didn't seal well so I'd have to clean and repack it wayy too often because it would get crunchy all the time. Now that I laced up a sealed bearing hub to the rear, I've just been cleaning my chain/drive train when it seems especially dirty.
yeah same here. i seriously would take my hub apart once every 2 weeks or something stupid like that.
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i keep my tubes inflated, check my tires often.
my rear hub sucks, so i have to clean and pack it pretty often. i take my pedals apart and clean / lube them a lot cause i get a lot of satisfaction from it.

and i change my tape out pretty often. i like doing that.
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well a lot of people are drawn to/use a fixie cause of the fact that you don't have to do a lot of **** to them. especially brakeless. i lube my chain when that **** sound dry. i put air in my tires. i proofide me brooks. i wipe my **** down when it's especially hideous. as far as bar tape just use cloth; that stuff lasts for a long time, provided you don't wreck all tha tyme. i love repacking hubs, doing it sunday with coffee and NPR on the radio... it's total weekend fantasy. out of boredom and as a rule, i always tinker, and my **** is always tight and right, k?
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Old 12-31-06, 01:57 AM   #11
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what do you guys mean buy "pack my hubs"
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To (re)pack one's bearings means to clean and (re)grease the bearings and races of a hub, bottom bracket, or headset.

As for maintenance, love your bike. If you know what it looks and sounds like when it's running well, you'll know what you need to do where in order to make sure it stays that way. If you always think about newer, cooler stuff that you can fix your bike up with, it seems to make it easier to keep what you've got in good shape. Like women.

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Old 12-31-06, 02:46 AM   #13
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unless its a really short ride, i air up my tires whenever i go out. its kind of an ocd thing for me. other than that i lube my chain once a month or so, and spin my wheels once a week to make sure they're still true. besides those, I just spend the time that i would be fidgeting with a more complicated bike riding instead...
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You're supposed to maintain these things?!?!?! I spend too much time working on my mtn bikes. I barely fill the tires unless they are rediculously flat, I think I lubed the chain once so far. I got this thing so I could ride to/from work and not have to worry about it.
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i admit, i'm a procrastinator... i have brakes; recently they'd worn down so much that the screws started contacting my rims. big whoops!!

i know i need to replace my chain and cog, but i'm trying to put off spending the $$. however, this reminds me, it's over-due for a lubing. better do it NOW before i forget again.

oh and i've been having an argument lately about how often you really NEED to wipe a frame down. when you first get a bike, you want to shower with it every day... then it's like, "eff that, it's only going to get dirty again... maybe a layer of crap will protect it from the salt on the streets...."
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chain gets noisy clean it tires get low fill em everything else is under warranty
wash it every now and then
replace the chain every three months or so

phils don't need maintence
neither do chris king headsets
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Old 12-31-06, 10:07 AM   #17
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Maybe once a month I spray GT85 on the drivetrain and hubs
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This time of year I give my bike a bath more often. There's a bit of road salt out there (Toronto salts the bejesus out of the roads in winter) and my bike has the quintessential crappy Italian paint job.

Other than that, checking the chain tension and a very occasional true check on the wheels from dropping off curbs is about it. When I had a Suzue Junior hub, I was repacking it every three months. As per Retems comments, I find better components have a better half life. But check the drive train periodically. I couldn't figure out why I had trouble tensioning my chain.
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I yell at mine. it's pretty submissive.
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well a lot of people are drawn to/use a fixie cause of the fact that you don't have to do a lot of **** to them. especially brakeless. i lube my chain when that **** sound dry. i put air in my tires. i proofide me brooks. i wipe my **** down when it's especially hideous. as far as bar tape just use cloth; that stuff lasts for a long time, provided you don't wreck all tha tyme. i love repacking hubs, doing it sunday with coffee and NPR on the radio... it's total weekend fantasy. out of boredom and as a rule, i always tinker, and my **** is always tight and right, k?
yeah, npr, coffee, an oily rag, a bike...yeah....yeah. might have to do that today.
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This time of year I give my bike a bath more often. There's a bit of road salt out there (Toronto salts the bejesus out of the roads in winter) and my bike has the quintessential crappy Italian paint job.

Other than that, checking the chain tension and a very occasional true check on the wheels from dropping off curbs is about it. When I had a Suzue Junior hub, I was repacking it every three months. As per Retems comments, I find better components have a better half life. But check the drive train periodically. I couldn't figure out why I had trouble tensioning my chain.

that is pretty sweet how many miles on that dura-ace?
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On my winter extreme weather fixie I've had bb bearing balls split in half from salt corrosion. After new balls and a repack I now have a 3" lexan shield under the downtube and bb shell.
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i just try to keep oil on and rust off.....its all reactive maintenance
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how do you guys clean your chains? oil? degrease? how? what kind?

how do you guys repack your hubs
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how do you guys clean your chains? oil? degrease? how? what kind?

how do you guys repack your hubs
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Asking which degreaser to use is like asking which college football team has been the best over the last 20 years, nobody has rational opinions on this ****, it's all religion. Ultimately you need to understand the difference between detergents (simple green, most stuff sold at bike shops) and solvents (mineral spirits, biodiesel, flushing with mucho prolink), and then use whatever the situation calls for.
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