Re: advice for first strip down of a bike
Originally Posted by webbhost
2 days isn't exactly a real option for me. I have the day off tomorrow but the day after im back at work again, and need a good working bike (unless im gonna set out earlier on a mountain bike and kill myself on the way lol).
The biggest concern i have is just the sheer amount of dirt and crap on the bike. Looks horrible from underneath, and as for the chain... well.
I degreased it and regreased about 4-6 weeks ago (im not that much an enthusiast on bike maintinence - yet) but now it is absolutely thick black sludge lol. The chain feels as if it is hard to move about. This is my primary concern (with a easy fix) - as if the chain isn't moving as well as it should be, its going to make the job for me a hell of a lot harder too.
My other concern is the wheels. On the centre of the wheels, i see rust, and i dont like rust lol. Not quite sure how im gonna get around the problem of there being rust on the wheel yet, but i dont like it lol.
If i can help it i prefer "not" do disassemble the rear wheel entirely as im not 100% sure on getting those nuts back in the right place, at the right tension.
Bearing cage wont be a problem as there is none. Just bearings and grease.
Never occured to me to wax the bike to give it that brand new feeling. Shame it wont get rid of the scratches from my crashes too lol!
One confusing thing about that through, i asked my dad about using Tcut / Car wax on my bike to bring it back to life, but he said that stuff would scratch my bike? Whats all that about lol.
YOUR BIKE NEEDS FENDERS!
You also need to spend ~5 minutes AFTER EACH RIDE to rinse & wipe the crud off the bike ...
Presuming that the outside temps are above 0ºC:
* Begin OUTSTIDE with a garden hose ... rinse off the bike with a low-pressure (thumb on the end of the hose) spray ...
* With a bucket of warm water (40ºC or warmer) and a brush, scrub the rest of the loose, road grime off the underside of the bike & chain with a long handle brush ...
If your garden hose isn't connected OR if you live someplace where an outside rinse isn't convenient (e.g., apartment), then stand at the curb or on a patch of grass and plan on using more than one bucket of warm water to rinse the bike off.
* WHEEL THE BIKE INSIDE onto some laid out newspapers into the forementioned heated space ...
* Wipe the bike DRY.
Now, if you are seeing rust on the center of the hubs, is that because it is a 3-speed with a Sturmey-Archer hub OR an older Raleigh-type 10-speed with steel hubs?
Since you are pressed for time, don't worry about it ... get some PAM cooking spray and spray the outside of the hubs (you can/will do this when you are done with everything else).
Spray some WD-40 on a rag ... wipe the chain off ... use an old toothbrush to clean off any crud you may have missed.
Lube the chain with the lube of your choice ... I recommend simple household-weight oil (e.g., 3-in-1
). You will be doing this after every ride if the conditions are as bad as you suggest.
FENDERS! Buy some fenders for your bike ...