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What do you consider "wear and tear" items

Old 10-13-06, 06:05 AM
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What do you consider "wear and tear" items

and when do you replace them? For some, its obvious they need replacing, like brakes and tires. What other items are considered wear and tear for you, and when do you replace them with new ones? Here are the ones that come to mind for me, but I'm interested in others' opinions:

- chain
- cleats
- cogs/rings


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Chains: every 2,000 miles or when the chain indicator tells me
Tires: when needed (wear indicators)
Cogs: every 2-3 chains
Chain ring: when the teeth look like shark fins
Bar tape: when they get too grungy
Brake Pads: when needed
Cables: every year or 5,000 Miles.... unless they are fraying in some place
Pedal Cleats: when the wear indicator goes
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I such a n00b...I didn't even know half of these things had wear indicators! I'm going to look when I get home.
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Originally Posted by RacerMike
I such a n00b...I didn't even know half of these things had wear indicators! I'm going to look when I get home.

depends on what tire brand/pedal cleats etc..... you can buy a chain indicator and everything else you just need to eye ball.
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Wow. I've got 7600km on my current Duraace chain since put on the first week of April. I've removed it once for cleaning, all other cleanings have been on the bike. Not even sure I'd know what to look for with wear. Guess it's time to re-read that section of the Zinn's.

Wear and tear items... tires, cleats.

Bar tape when it starts to fall apart.

The rear brake cable gets changed most often because sweat likes to build up under the top tube on it and oxidize it faster than anything else.
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Bearing grease!
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Tires
Chains
Bartape
Cables
Chain rings
Cassettes
Cleats
Brake Pads
Bearings


Thats my list
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Originally Posted by domestique
Chains: every 2,000 miles or when the chain indicator tells me
Tires: when needed (wear indicators)
Cogs: every 2-3 chains
Chain ring: when the teeth look like shark fins
Bar tape: when they get too grungy
Brake Pads: when needed
Cables: every year or 5,000 Miles.... unless they are fraying in some place
Pedal Cleats: when the wear indicator goes
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I don't know if I'd consider bearings a wear item, as good quality properly maintained bearings should last tens of thousands of miles for most riders under most road cycling conditions. Obviously there are exceptions with known problem parts such as certain types of bottom brackets, cheap headsets, etc.

Seems to me that "wear item" is kind of a meaningless term. Any part on a bike that comes into moving contact with another part (or the road) is going to wear out eventually (even the static parts will wear out someday if you consider fatigue or corrosion).

Might as well include rims too unless you have disc brakes (in that case include the discs).
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bikes are wear and tear items
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Cables: Once a year
Chain: when worn (read up on it) or once a year...usually the same for me.
Cassette: Used to be once a year, but now that cassettes are much more expensive I will replace as needed
Tires: When worn (don't start a debate)
Brake Shoes: When about 1/4 of the grooves are left, or they have gotten too hard and/or can not be deglazed as easily anymore.
Bar Tape: Once a year Min on main bike.

Other parts as they wear out or break.
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cables, chain, cassette annually.

tires as needed, brake pads as needed, bar tape as needed.

metaluna, you're thinking way too hard about this.
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underwear.

and everything else that's been mentioned.
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Originally Posted by NomadVW
Wow. I've got 7600km on my current Duraace chain since put on the first week of April. I've removed it once for cleaning, all other cleanings have been on the bike. Not even sure I'd know what to look for with wear. Guess it's time to re-read that section of the Zinn's.
Something to read at lunch...

From his excellence, Sheldon Brown:
Measuring Chain Wear
The standard way to measure chain wear is with a ruler or steel tape measure. This can be done without removing the chain from the bicycle. The normal technique is to measure a one-foot length, placing an inch mark of the ruler exactly in the middle of one rivet, then looking at the corresponding rivet 12 complete links away. On a new, unworn chain, this rivet will also line up exactly with an inch mark. With a worn chain, the rivet will be past the inch mark.
This gives a direct measurement of the wear to the chain, and an indirect measurement of the wear to the sprockets:
  • If the rivet is less than 1/16" past the mark, all is well.
  • If the rivet is 1/16" past the mark, you should replace the chain, but the sprockets are probably undamaged.
  • If the rivet is 1/8" past the mark, you have left it too long, and the sprockets (at least the favorite ones) will be too badly worn. If you replace a chain at the 1/8" point, without replacing the sprockets, it may run OK and not skip, but the worn sprockets will cause the new chain to wear much faster than it should, until it catches up with the wear state of the sprockets.
  • If the rivet is past the 1/8" mark, a new chain will almost certainly skip on the worn sprockets, especially the smaller ones.

Chain maintenance article is here:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
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How about a thin-walled Al frame? :-) (Now ducking for cover...)
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(Chains: every 2,000 miles or when the chain indicator tells me
Tires: as needed
Cogs: as needed
Chain ring: when worn out
Bar tape: as needed
Brake Pads: as needed
Cables: as needed
Pedal Cleats: as needed)

All the above plus paint eventually
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How about a thin-walled Al frame? :-) (Now ducking for cover...)
- When I read that I got an image of one of those, "Whats in your wallet?" commercials with the vikings storming and screaming...
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Elbows, Knees and wrists.
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my cojones get a lot of wear on my bike
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