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Old 04-18-08, 08:10 AM
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First Tune up

My bike is around 2 weeks old and I rode around 84km with it. I got some mud on the bike, I never did any cleaning whatsoever. I left the chain as is. I noticed last night, while riding, when I change to a higher gear on the rear derailler, It doesn't have as smooth transition. It seems to clunk/fall into gear. I am not sure if im just imagining this. I just wanted to know roughly how soon should I expect my first re-adjustment / tune-up. Also I never cleaned out my chain. It doesnt look bad, but if I pass my hand over it I can get a few spekkles of sand/dust on my finger. Since I don't have an easy disconnect, I plan to clean out my chain while on the bike. would cleaning out my chain after every rather dirty ride be overkill ?
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Old 04-18-08, 09:51 AM
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Depends on the conditions of the ride. If it's super muddy, clean it. Buy a can of brake cleaner from an auto parts store, spray chain and cassette. Relube. Ride. It's just a bike. Common sense tells us moving metal parts need to be reasonably free from large particles and should have some form of lubricant. Your cables could have stretched a little as well. See if turning your barrel adjustors helps tighten up the rear shift.
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Your cables could have stretched a little as well. See if turning your barrel adjustors helps tighten up the rear shift.
This again... cables don't stretch.
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This again... cables don't stretch.
Semantics .
Regardless of the reasoning, backing out the barrel adjusters is valid advice.
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