George Majarucon is our lead bike tech at the Running Away Multisport Clybourn location. If you have a problem, George can fix it. However, before you bring to to George, he put together some tips on how to keep your machine, clean and worry free.
A Happy Chain
Lately, I’ve been seeing bikes with dirty chains coming into the shop. As many seasoned cyclists know, it is imperative to keep the chain clean and free of any debris that can lead to premature drivetrain wear. By cleaning the chain frequently and inspecting the chain for wear, the drive train of the bike will work efficiently.
Chain cleaning kits are a simple and efficient way to remove any contaminants from the chain. This can be done while the chain is on the bike. Once the chain is cleaned, check if for wear; a chain measuring tool is the simple way to go. These tools are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. When in doubt, bring the bike into the shop for a quick chain inspection. If the chain is within its service limits it can still be used. If the chain does not meet standards, a new chain should be installed.
A worn chain can lead to premature drive train wear that can cause excessive damage on expensive components such as chain rings and cassettes. Also, once the chain has been cleaned, it must be dried and lubricated. When putting lube on the chain, make sure to apply lube to the rollers and not the side plates. After lubrication, turn the crank a few times. Once this is done, wipe the chain down with a rag to remove any lube from the side plates. Any extra lube on the side plates will attract debris and wear down the drive train.
By keeping your bike’s chain cleaned and well-lubed the drive train will perform more efficiently. This little bit of preventative maintenance will prevent premature wear on other costly drive train components. Now get out and ride.
Remember: Keep the rubber side down.