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How do you clean your pulley's?(15 posts)

How do you clean your pulley's?Kristin
May 12, 2003 7:40 AM
If it weren't for the damn pulley's, my drivetrain would be spotless. I can never get all the black grease out of them. I've just put on a new cassette and chain, so my drive train looks pretty good and I want to keep it that way. (I always say that...and I always let it get to looking like crap again...But this time I mean it, of course.) ;-P
Soap, lots of sudsy soapMcAndrus
May 12, 2003 7:47 AM
Using a method I picked up from LFR, I fill a bucket with warm sudsy water made from dishwashing soap. Using just the suds parts I saturate a rag with the suds and clean the chain by running it through the rag, peddling backwards.

This alone actually clears a lot of the crud from the pulleys. When I'm done with the chain, I suds the rag again and concentrate on the pulleys holding the rag in my fingertips. This usually gets it all and they're clean as a whistle.

Thanks to LFR. In the olden days I took my derailleur apart to get the pulleys really clean.
Getting lube back in the bushingSteve98501
May 12, 2003 11:23 AM
One of my bike buddies rode in a rainstorm a week ago, and when we rode this weekend his drivetrain squeaked like crazy. He had lubed his chain, but we found the noisy culprit to be his derailer pulleys. Had to detour to the nearest bike shop for a bottle of lube, which he sloshed all over the pulleys. However, they continued to squeak for another 25 miles. Is there a good trick for getting the lube in the pulley bushings?

take it off.jw25
May 12, 2003 11:30 AM
Most pulleys have some sort of seals around the bushing. Just sloshing lube on doesn't get much into the bushing area, which is why it kept squeaking.
If I notice a squeak from the pulleys, I remove one pulley at a time, scrub it clean externally, then remove the seals and inner bush, wipe everything clean, and regrease with a decent waterproof grease. Reassemble, reinsert, and you're squeak-free.
Removing one pulley at a time keeps the derailleur cage together, and makes it easier to get everything back into place, as well as answers the question of which pulley goes where.
Oooo...This makes me think. I rode in a hard rain SaturdayKristin
May 12, 2003 11:52 AM
Is there any special attention I need to be paying to my bike. Anything I need to check out specifically?
Pick it up and rock it back and forth.MR_GRUMPY
May 12, 2003 12:19 PM
If you hear water sloshing around, it means one of two things.
1) you left your water bottles on
2) you have water in your frame
If you have water in your frame, remove the screw that holds on the plastic cable guide underneath your BB.
Shake the bike over your best carpet to soak up the water.
If anybody comes over and notices the wet spot....Say..."Damn Cat."
re: How do you clean your pulley's?DougSloan
May 12, 2003 8:03 AM
I first hold a blunt flat blade screwdriver to the pulley as I back pedal to rotate the pulley. This scrapes the big gunk off. Then, I hold a rag soaked with Simple Green on the pulley and back pedal. This gets them about 90% of how clean you could get by removal and thorough cleaning.

thanks for the screwdriver tip nmJS Haiku Shop
May 13, 2003 5:32 AM
re: How do you clean your pulley's?PEDDLEFOOT
May 12, 2003 8:29 AM
I spray with a degreaser such as Simple Green and let soak for a minute.Then scrape in the same way Doug had described.I then give each one another spray and use a tooth brush to get into the hard to reach areas while backpedaling.Rinse with water and they're good as new.Don't forget to relube after dry.
Once the chain is removed,coonass
May 12, 2003 8:48 AM
you only have to remove 1 bolt from each pulley....use a toothbrush to clean the pulleys & disc. (I don't know how you can clean beneath the disc anyother way) Now you to get any crud from the Derail. area with Q-tip.
They should be 100% clean and it only took about 15 minutes tops!
truly one of the great mysteries of our timeSpoiler
May 12, 2003 10:40 AM
This and restoring tarnished stem bolts. SARS if here to stay.
Uhh, with a rag?Kerry
May 12, 2003 5:15 PM
Just pinch the pulley between your fingers with a rag and turn the crank a few times. Find a clean spot on the rag and do it again. If things are so gunked up that they don't come clean like this, then you need a different lube or much more frequent maintenance.
Uhh, with a rag?Spoiler
May 12, 2003 11:44 PM
Do I pink the pulley with my thumb and forefinger or thumb and middle finger?
How many times do you turn the crank?
What if you can't find a clean spot on the rag?
How do you get the gunk out of the rag?
Thanks, that was very helpful. nmKristin
May 13, 2003 5:43 AM
Chain off, pulleys off, WD40 and rag (nm)macalu
May 13, 2003 4:58 AM