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-wash.h
. 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___333222
- 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-clean
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/bicyc
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.
Edited by: SCRUFYNERFHERDR at: 8/27/2012 (15:53)
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