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9/4/12 1:16 P

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Since we're talking about cleaning. . . I recommend Bike Floss for cleaning chain-rings, gears and hard to reach places. That stuff is great.

I like Finish Line Citrus cleaner for my chain and Finish Line ceramic Wax lube. I tried the Finish Line Citrus foaming cleaner. It was wonderful but the spray stopped working before the can was empty. Now I use the liquid with a tooth brush.

Cleaning my chain is lots of fun: I have about 2 1/2 chains on my recumbent trike. So I go through a lot of cleaner and rags!

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8/31/12 5:03 P

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Dawn will work depending on the lubricant you use.

You will need an air hose or that chain will rust up. You need to get the water out of the links and add lube to displace the water.

A clean chain is a happy chain.

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8/28/12 3:01 P

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My LBS recommended using regular dish detergent in water to clean the chain and then lubing afterward. Said it's just as effective and much cheaper. Haven't tried it yet.

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BARRONVC's Photo BARRONVC Posts: 1,846
8/28/12 11:13 A

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The dropouts are adjusted if you took any whack or even putting the bike in and out without a wheel in.

After that they put the wheel back in and adjust the hanger so the chain tracks.

Keep it clean. Chains will wear and then eat the teeth up on your chain rings and cassette. Rub your finger over the chain and then rub them together....if you feel grit that will be eating your drive train. Also have the LBS check your chain for wear and stretch. Over the years I have been able to double my chain life by cleaning it. You don't have my facilities but can still do a good job if you do it often.

Sound like you have it down. Now you know what to watch for.

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8/28/12 6:34 A

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Thanks Barron! I will have them check the frame as well. Luckily they are right down the street. I'm in there all the time.

Kelly

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8/27/12 10:05 P

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If you fell, you need to have your frame checked. The dropouts or derailleur hanger might need to be aligned.

I have those tools and they are useful.



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8/27/12 9:21 P

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So back from the LBS. My derailleur hanger was bent and the two screws that held it on were out of alignment. $10 and 5 minutes and I'm back on the road! Thanks for all the suggestions. Now to brush up on my cleaning skills.

Kelly

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8/27/12 8:37 P

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Scruffynerfherder is a well educated techie! He knows what he's talking about and has done his research.

I tend to keep things simple. Simple Green. I use it on my bike and my chain. Works like a charm! I use a manual chain cleaner and an old toothbrush to get in the nooks and crannies. I keep it away from my white bar tape, though. Tends to tint it green! I use plain old Fantastic on that.

As far as the shifting problem, I haven't a clue. I guess we have to keep those bike mechanics in business!

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8/27/12 4:49 P

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Sounds like a trip to my local bike shop is necessary. I did just watch a You Tube video about how to make the adjustment but several times he mentioned having a professional do the adjustment which I think will be my best option.

I will definitely look into that cleaner though. I thought I cleaned it pretty well but had junk under my frame that I didn't realize was there.

Kelly

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8/27/12 3:58 P

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When did you have the chain inspected last? Twisted or stretching?

You might need a cable adjustment or cables changed if one is damaged.

If you fell, you need to have your frame checked. The dropouts or derailleur hanger might need to be aligned.

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8/27/12 3:24 P

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If I correctly understand what you're describing, it simply sounds like your rear derailleur needs adjustment. It's really very easy to do. Now you can take that two ways:

1. You can do it yourself (really - it's just that easy)
2. Your LBS (Local Bike Shop) can do it very quickly for you

Either way, you'll be back up and running in no time.

As for your purportedly lackluster cleaning prowess, now that you know you've been missing some spots, and where they are, just do better in the future. :-) I like using Finish Line's cleaner: www.finishlineusa.com/products/bike-
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. It's not too pungent, has no harsh chemicals (so it won't hurt your paint or finish) and I use all microfiber towels to clean the bike. This stuff works great, breaks up the grease and oils and leaves a brilliant shine! I usually purchase by the gallon as it's quite a bit cheaper in the long run. It wouldn't hurt to use a chain cleaning tool, too. This is the one I use: www.treefortbikes.com/#navbar=pro___
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- works GREAT!

UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST: I did a quick look at some other chain cleaners, just for curiosity's satisfaction, and found this one on Finish Line's site: www.finishlineusa.com/products/chain
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leaner.htm
I have to admit, I do wish I'd have gotten this one as it comes more highly rated, across several forums, and does appear to have a few extra components to further the cleaning process. I think I might re-invest in the next week or two.

Regardless of which one you get, that Finish Line Bike Cleaner is simply fantastic! I wouldn't use anything else on my bike or chain. And, after you've cleaned your chain, definitely use a good lube on the chain. I was a staunch advocate for the Tri-Flow lube but I found it seemed to not only lube the chain but significantly aid in picking up debris and dirt from the road. The DuMonde Lite lube www.dumondetech.com/dumonde/products
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came highly recommended by my bike mechanic. As I mentioned, this is the Lite version - perfect for road bikes. If you're an MTB'er (mountain\trail bike), you'll want to use the Original DuMonde lube. Just remember, this is a ''dry'' lube so you'll want to apply it at least 48 hours before a ride, so it'll have enough time to cure-out, and to make certain to remove any excess after applying.

Ride safe!

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8/27/12 2:07 P

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the last couple times I have been out on my bike I notice my lower gears don't seem to catch right. Yesterday when I was riding I dropped into a lower gear (middle ring, 3rd gear) to get up a hill without standing but it felt like I was in the absolute lowest gear possible. I played with it a little on my ride to see how it would catch (or not). When I got home I flipped the bike over and started going through the gears. I noticed that when I got to gears 3-1 on the middle ring the chain wouldn't go to the right position. I thought it only needed some White Lightening. When I went to the lowest gear in that ring the chain came completely off the cassette but I could shift it back into position after the 3rd gear. I sure hope I'm explaining this right. I just had it in for a tune up and the mechanic said it didn't need a tune up, adjusted the front brake and said to bring it in when I really had a problem. I think I really have a problem now. The only difference is that I have fallen once but not on that side. When I was watching the chain and moving the pedals very slowly it seemed like one of the teeth were catching but then I could hear and see the derailleur pulley brushing the spokes. suggestions? BTW - I'm by no means a mechanic or even an avid cyclist. I'm a weekend warrior who likes to put on miles. I typically ride between 30-50 miles on Sundays. I know to wash my bike and lube the chain and that's about it. AND when I flipped my bike over I realized I even do a crappy job washing it.

Kelly

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