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Old 07-26-08, 03:34 PM
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man the crud piles up

well, today was bike maintenance day, and it appears that it was overdue. I had started by cleaning up my wife's bike, a trek 820, since she wants to get back into riding a bit more. I had just gotten it tuned in the fall, and it had maybe 1 mile on it since, so it was more just dusty and needed some scrubbing.

Mine was a different story. I had 4 rain/slop/mud commutes/rides this past week, and my drive train was starting to sound like a coffee grinder. There was so much crud built up into the chain, cassette, rear dérailleur, etc, that I had to go to the nuclear option and attack w/ brake cleaner. 2 hours later, though, and the drivetrain is super quiet and silky smooth! took a couple cycles of cleaning, lubing, cleaning, and lubing to get the gunk out, but it was worth it. Also had a chainwheel on the rear dérailleur that was not quite 'free spinning' so I had to take that off too, scrub down, regrease, and reinstall.


Also cleared up the shifting issues that had developed in the last couple weeks since my last maintenance, and am rewarded with super nice shifting. Then took to the frame, rack, bars, etc, with some Simple Green to get all the road gunk off, scrubbed the rims and wheels, and re-lubed all the cable housings.

Finally, remembered to record the serials of each bike and take photos, since we are heading on vacation in a week, and will be doing some biking. You can never be too careful.

Turns out that there as a shiny new bike hiding under all that grime and road debris! I can't wait to take it for a spin tomorrow-gonna try to coax the wife out for an easy ride.
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Old 07-26-08, 06:04 PM
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Awesome. I can't wait to get at my bike and clean it, I just need a proper place, oi.

Have fun riding those shiny "new" bikes! lol
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I use full fenders and mudflaps to avoid the "crudcaking" on my bike.
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Old 07-26-08, 08:19 PM
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Sounds like my weekly routine... except the brake cleaner. I usually clean up on Sunday, or any time I'm going to the shop for something.
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The brake cleaner is not a normal ingredient, but it does a good job of disintegrating and draining off the fouled grease and oil, and evaporates 100% so there is no residue. I use the non-chlorinated stuff since it is safer and less noxious. Since it is a de-greaser as well, you NEED to relube at least once after letting the cleaner fully evaporate.
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