Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Maintenance

Reply

Old 07-22-09, 08:37 AM
  #1  
Dcormann
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Maintenance

How often do you grease the ball bearings in your headset? Or take apart your cranks to regrease?
Dcormann is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 08:42 AM
  #2  
robertv
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 438
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Once every never.
Although I'm sure that's just me.
robertv is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 08:51 AM
  #3  
time bandit
¡Senor Member!
 
time bandit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Philly
Posts: 1,710
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
when they feel gritty.
time bandit is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 08:53 AM
  #4  
wearyourtruth
Ride for Life
 
wearyourtruth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
yeah it all depends on the quality of the part. i have some parts that i haven't touched since i installed them years ago, and i have some that i have to repack every 6 months or so.
wearyourtruth is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 09:17 AM
  #5  
skinnyland
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: philly
Posts: 994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by time bandit View Post
when they feel gritty.
This.
Fix it if it needs fixing.
skinnyland is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 03:57 PM
  #6  
Mcarter24
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Some time ago I heard that if by picking up the front wheel about an inch off the ground and dropping it resulted in a vibration instead of a solid thump, it was time to maintain/clean up the headset bearings, I can't vouch for this since i've never re greased mine. As for cranks and BB, since I installed my sealed BB I haven't re greased BB or cranks. I would however recommend more regular cleanings if you often ride in the rain or other harsh conditions. A bike is no different from any other machine, preventative maintenance is key.
Mcarter24 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 03:58 PM
  #7  
time bandit
¡Senor Member!
 
time bandit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Philly
Posts: 1,710
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Mcarter24 View Post
Some time ago I heard that if by picking up the front wheel about an inch off the ground and dropping it resulted in a vibration instead of a solid thump, it was time to maintain/clean up the headset bearings
no, that just means ur headset is loose.
time bandit is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 04:07 PM
  #8  
Retem
Paste Taster
 
Retem's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 4,392

Bikes: , Jury Bike, Moto Outcast 29, Spicer standard track frame and spicer custom steel sprint frame.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
never but I routinely rotate the air in my tires
Retem is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 04:08 PM
  #9  
time bandit
¡Senor Member!
 
time bandit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Philly
Posts: 1,710
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Retem View Post
never but I routinely rotate the air in my tires
this.
time bandit is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 04:12 PM
  #10  
Retem
Paste Taster
 
Retem's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 4,392

Bikes: , Jury Bike, Moto Outcast 29, Spicer standard track frame and spicer custom steel sprint frame.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I find it help if I lube the seat tube first as well

but seriously if it is loose ball and cup once a year if it is sealed never
Retem is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-09, 11:34 PM
  #11  
seedubs1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 347
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^^^This one is what I live by^^^

Sealed.....Never
Loose Ball.....Once a year unless I feel it getting rough
seedubs1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-09, 03:37 PM
  #12  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 20,008

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1538 Post(s)
Originally Posted by time bandit View Post
no, that just means ur headset is loose.
In which case it's probably a good idea to repack anyway, if only to assess the bearings and races. Running them loose puts a lot of stress on the parts and can cause premature wear.
JohnDThompson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-09, 04:40 PM
  #13  
time bandit
¡Senor Member!
 
time bandit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Philly
Posts: 1,710
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
true that
time bandit is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service