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Hey DINOSAUR and lonefrontranger! STI cleaning?(3 posts)

Hey DINOSAUR and lonefrontranger! STI cleaning?rtyszko
Aug 22, 2002 7:33 AM
In a recent thread you talked about cleaning STI shifters/levers. Could you elaborate on your favorite technique and suggest which "solvents" are acceptable?

Bob T.
re: Hey DINOSAUR and lonefrontranger! STI cleaning?DINOSAUR
Aug 22, 2002 8:21 AM
I placed my bike upside down on my garage floor and squirted a good amount of WD-40 into the mechanism. Then I worked the levers and let the bike dry for a couple of hours (still upside down). When they were dry I placed a couple of drops of Triflow into them and worked them some more. You can try this, the STI's are lubricated at the factory and the lube drys out after a period of time. Mine were working O.K. when I did this, I just noticed a bunch of dirt and grime when I was cleaning my bike one day. My STI's haver close to 18K on them, but I don't ride this bike too much anymore as it's my 2nd ride. Probably the best method is if you have access to a air hose, then you can just blow them out first before using the WD-40 and the Triflow. I imagine that Shimano doesn't recommend this way of cleaning, but I saw this procedure mentioned on this forum and it worked for me. If it doen'st work you probably need new levers, the STI's don't last forever...
I agree with WD-40, it does wonders on STI shiftersPeterRider
Aug 23, 2002 9:14 AM