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Offline HWT

CLEANUP HELP
« on: May 21, 2006, 08:12:27 am »
I AM BRAND NEW TO CYCLING AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO KEEP MY CHAIN AND CASSETT CLEAN. I BOUGHT A CHAIN MACHINE BUT IT DOESN'T GET INSIDE TOO WELL AND IT'S ALL GUNKED UP NOW. I DON'T EVEN NOW HOW TO GET THE CHAIN OFF.
                     HELP,
               CLUELESS


cyclesafe

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CLEANUP HELP
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2006, 11:42:06 am »
DONT PANIC

You need a special tool called a "chain tool" to get you chain off, unless you have a "power link" SRAM or a "connex" (Wipperman).  You probably don't.

Removing the chain to clean it is nice, but not necessary.  You can usually get your drive train functionally if not cosmetically clean enough with your "chain machine", biodegradable degreaser (Simple Green, Orange Cleaner), an old toothbrush or two, a little physical effort, time, and patience.

Everyone has a pet ritual.  Mine is as follows:

1) After every ride, wipe the outside of the chain (rivets and sideplates) and pulleys with a rag made wet with degreaser.

2) If there seems to be alot of grit in the inside of the chain (inner plates and rollers), I will fill up my chain machine with full strength degreaser, attach it to the chain, and spin the cranks until the chain is saturated.  I then go to the refrigerator and get out a beer.

3) After drinking the beer, I flush the contents of the chain machine and replace with a 50% degreaser solution and use again as in #2.

4) After waiting, without another beer since there are more steps that require finesse and eye-hand coordination, I flush the contents once more and then run the chain machine again - this time just with water.

5) Then I take off the rear wheel and use my tooth brush with full strength degreaser to scrub out the cassette and rear and front derailer.  Work on the dirtiest bits first as otherwise you spread all of your gunk around.  Then rinse with water and dry everything off the best you can.

6) Then put your rear wheel on again.  This is the finesse part where you are happy that you resisted the impulse and had only one beer.

7) With the bike finally assembled, dry off the drive train by running the chain through a hand-held rag.  Wait for an hour of two until you are pretty much sure that everything is dried off.

8) Finally, the eye-hand coordination part.  Put the tiniest drop of lubricant (Pro-Link, Triflow, etc) on each roller of the chain.  Turn the crank to get the lube into the chain's noks and crannies and wipe off the excess.  Wait 24 hours for the volatile components of the lube to evaporate and ride your bike.

Other tips:
http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=24
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html


Offline HWT

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2006, 12:42:16 pm »
Wow, thank you soo much. I have never been on a forum and I decided to try it to get the info I need to keep up on the maintinence on my bike between shop tuneups. It looks like I might be able to get some great advice here.
It's a little early for the beer so I'll try your system later. By the  way, how do you clean the chain machine ?


cyclesafe

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CLEANUP HELP
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006, 03:57:29 pm »
Rinse with water and flush rinsings.


Offline ptaylor

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2006, 11:47:03 pm »
Hi HWT:

There are some excellent illustrated books on bike maintenance at your local library. Your bike shop or most any book store would carry some too.

It sounds like you could benefit from one of these books.

Paul
Paul