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Spring cleaning bike

Bron2010-04-29 01:45:28 +0000 #1
Ok, it's not spring yet, in fact I am praying for snow. However, I was starting to wonder what sort of yearly maintainance I should do on my road bike.

Obviously the following:

clean bike,

check brakes - maybe replace brake blocks,

clean and oil chain (this all gets done more often than once a year!)

What else would anyone recommend? Is it necessary to take anything else to pieces for cleaning and oiling?
DebW2010-04-29 01:59:00 +0000 #2
Clean derailleurs, demunge the jockey wheels on the RD, and oil all pivot points. If you have non-sealed bearings in your hubs, bottom bracket, or headset, they should be disassembled, cleaned, and repacked with fresh grease annually.
tulip2010-04-29 02:14:22 +0000 #3
Thank goodness for sealed bearings!

Also check the chain and chainrings for wear--the chain can stretch and the chainring teeth can get sharp, thus making the chain fall off at inopportune times.

also check the tires for cracks and the cables for kinks and frays. Deb--should the cables also be greased where they move against metal, or is that unnecessary?
DebW2010-04-29 02:54:33 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by tulip

Deb--should the cables also be greased where they move against metal, or is that unnecessary?

Cables should be greased inside the housing. If greased where they are exposed, the grease will just attract dirt.

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