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Making the gear last longer.
« on: September 14, 2013, 19:37 »
I was thinking today that I really cannot afford to replace anything on my nice bike should it break.

What tips and tricks do people have to make components last longer? This could be anything from regularly oiling the chain to advice on which brands and models are the hardiest in their field.
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 08:06 »
    Keep everything clean, lube chain with something like Progold Pro link, that doesn't attract dirt.

    Get a chain wear gauge and remove chain when 75% wear peg on gauge slots into chain. Put on new chain. Do this three times, then put back on the original 75% worn chain  and use till fully worn (100% wear peg slots in). Repeat with other two part worn chains. When you've used up all three chains its probably time to get a new cassette.

    Always keep an eye on chain wear as an excessively worn chain will start to wear out the teeth on your chain ring and make them look hooked. Chainrings can be fiercely expensive.

    As for which chain...personally I find Wipperman to be very long lasting and KMC to be made of cheese. 

    If your bike gets used, rather than just looked at, things will wear out. Shampoo it when it regularly and relube chain and pivots on derailleurs, brakes as well as gear and brake adjusting barrels. Changing gear cable outers and inners every so often is a good idea as they do get gunked up and the shifting suffers.
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #2 on: September 15, 2013, 13:05 »
    Small thing but when not riding, leave your bike in the smallest sprocket and chainring respectively.

    Here in Belgium, I use Morgan Blue lube which I find to be uniformly excellent. I wash the bike after every winter ride and every two or three summer rides depending on how much my energy drink bottle leaks onto the frame.

    Get the pressure right in your tyres according to the roads (or trails) you're riding. I ride 23s at moderately high pressure on my pride and joy and softer 25s in winter because the roads in a lot of the areas where I ride regularly are crap and/or highly variable. That means less buckling and a better ride and, if you're mechanically inept like me, you go to town with a spoke key and your wheel ends up worse. ;)
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 18:42 »
    Never lube a chain without first cleaning all the previous lube and oil off it. You'll just add more gunk to the chain and it will build up. I use white lightning chain cleaner. Spray some on, let it soak in for a bit, then wipe the chain off with a cloth or paper towel. Works great and gets all the oil off in seconds. Makes the chain look like new again. I also use it on the cassette and if there are oil spots on the frame (don't use on the break pads though).

    And I'd also like to recommend this chain lube, simply for the smell of it.  :D


    Larri, what's leaving the chain in the smallest sprocket do?
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 18:58 »
    Larri, what's leaving the chain in the smallest sprocket do?

    Old duffers like me reckon it's better because you ride off comfortably and there's no stretching anywhere. Now I think about it though, it probably doesn't matter these days. If it ever did. ;)
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #5 on: September 18, 2013, 11:06 »
    Larri, what's leaving the chain in the smallest sprocket do?
    I think it relaxes the cables, nothing to do with the chain and chainrings.
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 11:10 »
    I think it relaxes the cables, nothing to do with the chain and chainrings.

    Yeah, but I did a search. Apparently, these days it's balls, Fus. You can do whatever and no stretching will occur. I'm just an old man trapped in a unknowingly sexy, reasonably intelligent, closet disco music fan, thirtysomeone's body.
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 11:22 »
    Yeah, but I did a search. Apparently, these days it's balls, Fus.
    It doesn't hurt though, does it?
    We must uphold the proud traditions of cycling, even if there is absolutely no reason for it! :D
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 12:27 »
    All great advices, but I take it to the whole new level. No one ever make complaints since I am divorced and S1 just love it.
    Done it before when married, of course ex dumped me :D
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #9 on: September 18, 2013, 17:05 »
    Aaaaargh!

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHH!


    Uncut fork steerer abomination!!!!

    Must avert my eyes!!!!!

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHH!!!!!


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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #10 on: September 18, 2013, 17:37 »
    Yeah, but I did a search. Apparently, these days it's balls, Fus. You can do whatever and no stretching will occur. I'm just an old man trapped in a unknowingly sexy, reasonably intelligent, closet disco music fan, thirtysomeone's body.

    Are you sure that this read 'How to make the gear last longer' instead of years? 40 is the new 30 -- Just sayin'
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #11 on: September 18, 2013, 18:32 »
    Aaaaargh!

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHH!


    Uncut fork steerer abomination!!!!

    Must avert my eyes!!!!!

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHH!!!!!
    Mate I would like that also, but star nut is glued with some special glue when I assemble fork, and I leave steerer that long for fit issue. Now I need another star nut and that glue. Strange Funda fork assembly for sure.
    And it is fugly indeed :D
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #12 on: September 18, 2013, 19:44 »
    Well, those forks have an insert that helps stop the stem crushing the steerer, but yes...the glue and star nut thing is unusual for a carbon fork.

    I think you can get away with just knocking the nut down and hack-sawing up to 30mm off, but you'd best check with Cervélo.

    Gorgeous bike, though...
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #13 on: September 18, 2013, 20:36 »
    Well, those forks have an insert that helps stop the stem crushing the steerer, but yes...the glue and star nut thing is unusual for a carbon fork.

    I think you can get away with just knocking the nut down and hack-sawing up to 30mm off, but you'd best check with Cervélo.

    Gorgeous bike, though...
    Will check that for sure thanks!
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #14 on: September 19, 2013, 07:55 »
    I just check on Cervelo forum, they said same thing as you, tap down star nut and as long it seats inside alu insert (which came with fork) it is ok. Problem would be if I tap down star nut too much down and star nut seats directly on carbon, but alu insert is 75 mm long, almost as steerer.
    Will do this on weekend, hack sawing carbon is always nice :D
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #15 on: September 30, 2013, 20:58 »
    Can't add much more to the above really... other than to re-iterate: keep the bike clean, and lubed-up.

    (L'Arri... the principle of dropping the rear mech down to the 11 was something to do with 'tension on the mech spring' or so I was told... dunno if this has anything to do with it, but I always got in trouble for not doing so!!!)
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #16 on: September 30, 2013, 22:15 »
    (L'Arri... the principle of dropping the rear mech down to the 11 was something to do with 'tension on the mech spring' or so I was told... dunno if this has anything to do with it, but I always got in trouble for not doing so!!!)

    But it is balls nowadays with the modern equipment, Esa, is that what you're saying? Let me know because I think my Look is currently sat on the 14 sprocket downstairs.  :cheesy
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #17 on: September 30, 2013, 22:27 »
    I don't think mech design has changed significantly for half a century has it?
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #18 on: September 30, 2013, 23:17 »
    very dissapointed. I thought this was going to be a Tony thread on how to make your hashish go further :fp
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #19 on: October 05, 2013, 13:00 »
    very dissapointed. I thought this was going to be a Tony thread on how to make your hashish go further :fp
    Oh still more to come,  dont worry mate :D
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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #20 on: October 05, 2013, 21:56 »
    All great advices, but I take it to the whole new level. No one ever make complaints since I am divorced and S1 just love it.
    Done it before when married, of course ex dumped me :D

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    Re: Making the gear last longer.
    « Reply #21 on: October 05, 2013, 22:02 »
    Porns again :D
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