Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bike Tech: Cleaning and Lubricating Drive Train

The start of the rainy seasons meant that there is less riding time. Though you can bike virtually anytime of the year, it is not advisable to bike in the rain without rain gear. You might expose your self to pulmonary problems. Down time means more time in fixing what needs to be fixed.
One of the best places to start maintaining your bike is the drive train.
  1. Start by removing the chain from the bike. It would help if the chain has connectors installed.
  2. Clean the chain by washing it with liquid detergent. Brush off dirt.
  3. Remove the rear wheels.
  4. Remove the cassette and clean it.
  5. Take out the rear derailleur pulleys.
  6. Degrease the pulleys by immersing it in kerosene and brushing off the gunk
  7. Regrease the pulleys and replace them on the cage.
  8. Replace the wheels
  9. Replace the chain
Depending on the drive train installed on your bike, the procedure will take around an hour and a half to two hours to finish. Doing it often will extend the service life of your bike.

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