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Bike cleaning.DannyBoy
Sep 30, 2001 11:59 PM
My second dim question of the month is how, and how often should you clean your bike.

I know this answer varies on weather conditions, but what's the rule of thumb. When I was younger I was removing my chain left right and centre and repacking hubs etc etc.

With newer kit and technology I'm not sure if all that hooey is a bit unnecessary unless there's a lot of grit on the chain, or the bikes had some fairly regular soakings.

I'm running new Chorus and a record 1 1/8 HS. Assume most of the bearings will be pretty impervious to water etc??

I was kinda thinking if I was only doing about 800 miles a month in dryish and mild conditions cleaning the chain say every 14 days in one of those bath 'thingies' with a citrus cleaner and using a dry lube, along with a good wash every month would be enough - maybee something a bit more involved every 3-6 months???
re: Bike cleaning.grandemamou
Oct 1, 2001 4:12 AM
Sounds good to me. The only thing that I do differently is that once or twice a year I pull stem/handlebar, bottom bracket, and seatpost to regrease. The seals on campy are fairly water tight but are not impervious to water. If I get caught in a driving rain for several hours I tend to do the above along with a drive train clean and general lube of any thing that moves.
Chain maintenanceKerry Irons
Oct 1, 2001 5:23 PM
You're saying you're going to "maintain" the chain every 400 miles. That's a stretch for most lubes, especially dry lubes. If you use ProLink, you won't need a chain cleaner (wipe the chain/cogs/pulleys/chainrings, sluice on the lube till it drips, run through the gears a few times, wipe everything clean again). The hubs, headset, etc. should only need to be done annually unless you really get caught in a frog strangler for long distance.
Chain maintenanceDannyBoy
Oct 2, 2001 12:06 AM
Thanks for your advice.
re: Bike cleaning.morey
Oct 3, 2001 4:46 AM
I wipe down my bike with Pledge after every ride. I paraffin my chain after cleaning in mineral spirits after 250-300 miles. I completely wash and wax my bike at least monthly. My speedplay pedals are lubed after each ride.
Speedpaly lubing.DannyBoy
Oct 5, 2001 7:37 AM
Re the comment above - tell me more. I've got new X2's and am having trouble engaging my left cleat, god knows why they only covered a few hundred miles and are clean???
Speedpaly lubing.morey
Oct 5, 2001 8:36 AM
DannyBOY,
For some reason I had the same problem, it turned out the spring tension on the cleat was too strong. It worked its way out within a couple of days. I have x2s also, they have been trouble free. However, I lube them often because I have heard this can be a problem.. I really like them, cannot find anything negative to say about them.
Speedpaly lubing.How often?
Oct 8, 2001 10:00 AM
Also have new X2's. Thought manual recommended to lube every 2500 miles?

After every ride is fine with me though...do I need a special tool/grease gun?, and what type of lube please?

Thanks,
Bob
Speedpaly lubing.morey
Oct 9, 2001 3:28 AM
For lubing after every ride i just use my chain lube (Pro-Link), however when I go to shop, I have them use the grease gun and inject grease into the port. I go to the shop about every 6 months.
I really like the speedplays, therefore it is very little trouble for me to keep them lubed.
Speedplay grease type anyone?Bob in Indiana
Oct 10, 2001 5:15 AM
Best grease to use for my new X-2's please?
Same problem & solution.......Len J
Oct 9, 2001 4:49 AM
I found that if I use a dry lube every couple of weeks on the clip springs themselves (Bottom of shoes) that the problem you describe goes away. I was amazed at how much easier they engaged.

The only other thing that I learned about S/P's is that you have to be careful walking in loose gravel or mud. It get's squeezed up behing the spring clips & will not allow you to engage the pedal. It's an easy fix by just removing the clip cover & cleaning out. I check this about once a month or if I am having serious engagement problems. I now use the speedplay covers when I'm walking. End of problem

Len
Same problem & solution.......morey
Oct 9, 2001 6:52 AM
I had not thought about lubing the springs on the cleats. I should have. It is a great idea!!!