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Old 03-06-06, 11:40 AM   #1
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Even with the full fenders with mud flaps, the brown gooey goo still manages to get to my chain, which carries it all over to the rear cogs, and deraillers.. Rain seems to be stopped, but I guess the stickyness of the goo makes it get everywhere anyways... Plus there's always sand in it

I wipe and oil the chain almost daily when the goo's around, but it's tough to clean the rear cogs and derailleur without removing them...

1- Any tips for cleaning those parts (cogs and derailleur) well without removal?
2- I've been looking for some kind of chain cover to keep the most of it off the chain. Any products/links?
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Old 03-06-06, 11:54 AM   #2
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You can get partial chainguards for 3x8 transmissions and full chaincases for hub gears. These come as OEM on European town/commuter bikes but I can find a single example available as an accessory.
Chaincase info at
http://www.phred.org/~alex/bikes/chaincase.html
Std oil is a messy way to lube a chain and attracts dirt. Some of the specialist bike lubes such as Finish Line, Pedros, White Lightening are cleaner.

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I've been using finish line all weather lube. I shouldn't call that "oil"?
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Do you lube your chain after a ride, let it sit (overnight if possible) And wipe off the excess chain lube well before going out for a ride?

Spray a little wd-40 on a rag and spin the pedals and run the chain through the rag. Don't spray wd-40 on the bike or the chain. Then using a clean rag wipe off as much wd-40 as possible, before lubing the chain.

Rip an old rag into 2" wide strips and you can run them between the cogs with the wheel still on the bike, if you do it right, go back and forth and the ratcheting effect of the free hub will slowly rotate the cogs for you.

Do you have a very flexible front mud flap that almost touches the ground? That is a huge help.
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Yup, I always let the lube sit for a couple hours, then wipe the excess. The grime problem used to be quite worse when I put way too much oil on the chain, and never wipped the excess...

The rag back and forth through the cog, I've done, but I have to take the wheel off the bike because the rear rack and fenders make it difficult to access... I guess I'll have to get used to taking it off.

I've tried wd-40 to see if it would make a difference, but sprayed it right on the bike... oops.

The mud flaps aren't very long actually.. I'm thinking of using an old tube and expand the factory-built mudflap with it.
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Yup, I always let the lube sit for a couple hours, then wipe the excess. The grime problem used to be quite worse when I put way too much oil on the chain, and never wipped the excess...

The rag back and forth through the cog, I've done, but I have to take the wheel off the bike because the rear rack and fenders make it difficult to access... I guess I'll have to get used to taking it off.

I've tried wd-40 to see if it would make a difference, but sprayed it right on the bike... oops.

The mud flaps aren't very long actually.. I'm thinking of using an old tube and expand the factory-built mudflap with it.
I have five or six bikes with mud flaps that just about touch the ground. I make them out of two pieces of MTB tube glued together with tire patch cement or super glue, the tire patch glue works a little better.Two pieces facing each other will keep from curling up. They just flex over something in the way. I ride one of them in the deep snow all the time and the flap just flexes up out of the way. The only thing to be carefull of is accidentally standing on the flap and triping when moving the bike around, like going up or down stairs. Almost all of the chain dirt is from the front wheel.
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I have five or six bikes with mud flaps that just about touch the ground. I make them out of two pieces of MTB tube glued together with tire patch cement or super glue, the tire patch glue works a little better.Two pieces facing each other will keep from curling up. They just flex over something in the way. I ride one of them in the deep snow all the time and the flap just flexes up out of the way. The only thing to be carefull of is accidentally standing on the flap and triping when moving the bike around, like going up or down stairs. Almost all of the chain dirt is from the front wheel.
That Giant looks awesome, and comfortable too. I am trying to build up my MTB in the same manner.

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That Giant looks awesome, and comfortable too. I am trying to build up my MTB in the same manner.

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Thanks, it is very comfortable. It's a 1994 Steel frame.

I made the fenders like that so they don't clog in the snow.
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wow!

So I made my own mud flap yesterday and installed it... Even with the ground relaitvely dry, the mudflap accumulated 2-3 millimeters of salty/sandy grime on it. This stuff would've normaly went on my drivetrain.... It's amazing how something that cost me less than 5$ (with enough hardware to spare to make lots more) could be so useful.... It was so easy to do too...
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So I made my own mud flap yesterday and installed it... Even with the ground relaitvely dry, the mudflap accumulated 2-3 millimeters of salty/sandy grime on it. This stuff would've normaly went on my drivetrain.... It's amazing how something that cost me less than 5$ (with enough hardware to spare to make lots more) could be so useful.... It was so easy to do too...
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