bike maintenance. cleaning. Kristen Legan
  • Great article! Definitely saving this for the next time someone asks me about basic maintenance… Adding on:
    Degreasing: If degreaser is used, make sure as much of the degreaser is off the chain as possible before oiling it again otherwise 40 km in to a ride you’ll have one squeaky, squeaky drivetrain.

    Cleaning the cogs: If you’re going the toothbrush route, an old credit card or membership card will take off the hard gunked up stuff on the pulley wheels faster and easier than a toothbrush can. Use the credit card to remove the hard stuff, run an old shirt between the cassette teeth to get most of the grime out, then finish it off with the soft brushes. The gunk will likely go everywhere so try to avoid stepping in it, that stuff never comes out of the carpet.

    Checking the chain: Park Tools used to sell an older model CC-3 and now sell a better CC-3.2 that looks the same but has a tighter tolerance. I’ve frequently tested chains using the CC-3 as “ok” but the mechanic correctly states they’re in need of replacement. The newer models are worth the extra cash, especially if you ride on a 11sp chain.

  • duanegran

    If you find yourself longing for that “new chain” feel in your drivetrain but can’t achieve it with regular wiping down of parts, I highly recommend the Park Tool. It is pretty quick to use and makes the chain immaculate and pretty much like new again, save any stretch issues that happen over time.

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  • Hamish Moffatt

    Chains don’t actually stretch, although the effect is the same. http://www.kronowit.com/bicycling/chainstretch.html

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