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Old 12-19-04, 06:48 AM
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Keepin' the Wheels Movin'

Any recommendations on products like chain lubes and wheel greases, etc which I can apply regularly to keep my new Trek running well??
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Old 12-20-04, 10:07 AM
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really other than oiling the chain and making sure any suspenision you have keeps moving freely (an occasional dab of grease on the stantions) your good to go till about once a year when it is recommended that either you or a competent professional can take the whole thing apart and lube up all the bearings and pivots....

but actually, i usually never mess with my wheels, headset, bottom bracket, etc. till i notice something wrong.... i got hubs & headsets that have been going for 5+ years with no problems, never cleaned or re-packed once.

so on a non-suspended bike that means to me: before i go out, i make sure the tires are pumped up, the chain is at least slightly lubed, the wheels seem to spin fine, and there is enought brake pads left to get me through another ride. BOOM, GOOD TO GO....
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I use Boeshield T-9 on the chain every couple hundered miles unless I've been in the rain. Also a drop on the brake pivots, deraileur pivots and shifter/brake cables. I degrease the chain and clean it about every 500 miles. About every 1000 miles a major tune up at the LBS to true up wheels and tighten spokes keeps things working nicely. The LBS also checks any items for major wear. Small things like tires, chain keepers (used on a recumbent), and brake pads I do myself. Granted I could probably do the whole thing myself with some additional tools but I really don't feel like tearing a bike apart and putting it back together when I could be riding or doing something else. Flats I repair myself.

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Not a specific product, but here is Sheldon's take on chain maintenance:

http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
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