spring it on me!
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Feb 20, 2012 at 9:04 am #1285908Leslie ThurstonMember
@leslerLocale: right here, right now
spring is coming and i'm throbbing to cycle.
i'm far from a bike mechanic, but i'm amping it up.
think: top-roping> lead
what are suggestive measures to get my bike road-readied?
as in, what are the absolutes to attend to?
i've purchased a book to assist, and i'm certain i can navigate
(or at least try)
bottom line: i'm wishing to avoid getting hosed by the local bike shop.Feb 21, 2012 at 11:56 am #1842462Jake DBPL Member
I clean and lube my chain every 100-200mi all year long. every 500 or so i take the cassette off and scrub each cog to get rid of the gunk. I also use a dental pick to scrape out around the rear derailler pully cogs. a quick wipe of the front chainrings with a rag doesn't hurt either.
rag/old t shirt scraps for wiping chain, another "clean" one for wiping excess lube after it soaks on the chain for a while.
cheap dental pick
Park Tool SR-1 Sprocket Remover/Chain Whip for taking the cassette off
Park Tool FR-5 Cassette Lockring Tool " "
i use Prolink gold for lube and Simple Green to scrub the cassette off the bike.
that is most of a tune up. as long as your cables aren't rusty and shifting is good then you don't need to mess with that.Feb 29, 2012 at 5:52 am #1846624Charlie MurphyBPL Member
This site is the best I have found anywhere. I also use their tools as they represent some of the best out there. Don't get cheap tools.
Plus bikeforums.net has a great mechanics section with cyclist eager to help
I ride everyday(commuter) and clean/lube the drive train weekly. I also make sure the brake pads are free of crud(especially in winter)and tires inflated(weekly as well). These chores should be done regularly.
FWIW: going from top roping to the sharp end is way more difficult:) CharlieMar 2, 2012 at 11:30 am #1847895Jake DBPL Member
"going from top roping to the sharp end is way more difficult:"
bahh don't be a wimp ;)
park tools site is definitely awesome. and bikeforums has pulled me out of jams even my bike shop couldn't figure out.
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