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Daily Maintenance?(11 posts)

Daily Maintenance?mbologna
Mar 19, 2002 7:44 PM
Hi all! I finally did it ~ I purchased a Klein Quantum Saturday. Went for my first ride Sunday, a 40 miler! Lots of fun, (it was also a group ride, so I learned about the paceline, too) but I'm still sore!

Anyway, I know this is a basic question, but what sort of upkeep do you do each time you ride? I mean, is there something special you use to clean the chain or other components? How often do you do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Houston, TX
I charge the battery ...Humma Hah
Mar 19, 2002 8:02 PM
... about the only thing I do daily is recharge the headlight battery.

I should be ashamed of myself -- I really should do more for my faithful steed. Lately I find myself replacing the chain every 2000 miles, relying on the original lube, rather than wiping it down and oiling it like I used to (although I still got about 2000 miles: singlespeeds are very picky about chain looseness and need chains often).

And it is dirty. We've finally been getting some rain, and the bike is getting spattered.

The thorn resistant tubes need air every few months.
re: Daily Maintenance?Elefantino
Mar 19, 2002 8:18 PM
Being completely anal retentive, I use a little Orange Clean (I like it better than Simple Green, an old thread if you want to search) on my bike after every ride. I don't like to see gunk sticking to the bottom bracket (I store the bikes upside down; long story). On rain rides, I wipe everything down and occasionally blow-dry the components before always re-lubing.

I clean the drivetrain every Sunday afternoon. It's a thing between the bike and me.

Most important, though, without question, no argument, got to be top of the list: The best thing you can do for your bike is keep the engine in good working order.

re: Daily Maintenance?gtx
Mar 19, 2002 9:03 PM
bring it back for your free tuneup--assuming your LBS provides this with your purchase. It's not a bad idea to do this after the first few hundred miles. Otherwise, I would recommend that you should keep the tires inflated properly (you should have a good floor pump with a guage--check the pressure before each ride), keep the drivetrain clean and read Zinn's book:
simple stuffishmael
Mar 19, 2002 9:03 PM
oil the chain every 2 or 3 hundred miles..use lube not that whitelightning a drip at each roller and then remove as much excess as you can with a rag...check the headset and hubs for looseness....clean the rims where they meet the brakes, sand the brakes every once in awhile, make sure they are centered...make sure the wheels are centered (you could file down the drop outs to adjust)..if the gears are not shifting as good as once they were then they can be readjusted to get them as good as new, if not better...make sure your seatpost isnt slipping (measure its height)..i put lemon pledge on my pedals and cleats so they dont squeak..and if you start to hear any squeaks when you pedal hard tighten all the bolts on the cranks and chainrings(check they are tight)...pull glass out of the tires and keep them at the maximum pressure(fill'em once or twice a week depending) mentioned you were sore, get some good shorts- voler or some of the other more expensive ones and get a comfortable seat....get a book on everything, zinn and the art of bicycle maintenance is could tinker all day, or you can let it rot..tinkering is fun anyway and you'll be more comfident when you ride knowing its well maintained and if it breaks down you can fix it and survive..
simple stuff - file out the drop outs?????muncher
Mar 20, 2002 3:58 AM
It's your bike of course, so your call, but I'd suggest that if your wheels are not centered, then unless your frame has a problem, then it's more likely to be the wheel that's at fault (built to one side).

Therefore, I'd probably try a little packing on one side first (bit of drinks can works well) before you start filing the drop-outs, unless at least until you have the frame checked for allignment. Not least of all coz it's likely to mess up your finsh/paing job (and those Kleins do have some great finishes).

Just a thought.

re: Daily Maintenance?tarwheel
Mar 20, 2002 5:21 AM
On a daily basis, or as often as you ride:
-- Pump up tires to recommended pressure before each ride. This is the best way to prevent flats.
-- Wipe down chain before or after each ride. Helps keep it clean. I lube once a week w/ ProLink, which doesn't seem to attract dirt like some of the other brands, and do a thorough cleaning w/ degreaser every 3-4 weeks.
-- If you get caught on wet roads or in the rain, wipe dry the entire bike, and relube the chain.
-- Before each ride, do a quick visual check of tires, brakes, bottom bracket -- looking for obvious problems like bad cuts or bulges in tires, loosening BB (not common, but it happens), broken spokes, etc.
re: Daily Maintenance?dzrider
Mar 20, 2002 6:07 AM
1. Check that brakes are centered.

2. Wipe chain quickly with a rag.

3. Go through all gears that I use and listen for noise. If I hear specific gear combinations I adjust the cable tension. If I hear chain noise in all the gears I lube the chain.

4. Inspect both tires.
Check tire pressure before each ride. Keep tires . . .morrison
Mar 20, 2002 8:15 AM
inflated to recommended pressure. This will cut down on frequency of flats. Check tires for bits of glass, thorns, etc. Check brake pads. Lube chain as needed (every 300 miles or so for me). Check skewers before ride . . . make sure they haven't loosened, especially in rear which seldom gets attention.

I like to lift the bike up about 18'" and let it drop, first front, then back. If I hear anything strange, I repeat process until I identify what's loose, etc. Good idea to check wheels for true every so often. If you don't know how to do it, or if you are lazy like me, your lbs can true your wheels for a few bucks.

Congrats! 40 miles is good for first ride. When I started up again, I think I rode 6!
re: Daily Maintenance?DINOSAUR
Mar 20, 2002 9:30 AM
I'm a little obsessive about keeping my Klein clean. I give it a good wipe down after every ride using Simple Green, everywhere my rag can reach, even the tires. I clean the chain, which takes about a minute and apply a thin coat of lubricant (I use a home brew method). Sometimes I finish off with a furniture polish, and once a month or so a good coat of automotive wax. Check all bolts once a week to make sure they are tight, and check my tire pressure before every ride. If you keep your bike clean you will notice problems before they occurr and avoid break downs on the raod, except the terrible "F" thing...
When you have to remove the rear wheel just remember that the drop outs face backward as opposed to other bikes. Prevents marring the chain stays when putting the wheel back on (did that)...
There are lots of chain lubes on the market, they probably all work well, I just found that keeping it clean and lubricated is what's important. Probably where you live has an affect, not too dusty in my neck of the woods...
Weekly maintenanceKerry
Mar 20, 2002 6:18 PM
The only thing you need to do "daily" is check tire pressure. You might have to pump twice a week, depending on your tubes. Every 300-350 miles (if you're using a good chain lube) you need to wipe/lube/wipe the chain and just generally clean the bike with a dry rag. In the process of doing that, you will find the frayed cables, balky shifting, dirty brake pivots, etc. that need to be taken care of. If you use ProLink on the chain, you won't need to clean it, as the wipe/lube/wipe process will do that for you. Once or twice a season (depending on mileage and whether you get wet a lot) you should add a drop of oil to the brake and derailleur pivots.