For I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Ian Jackson, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. while agree that belts seem to bring their own problems, Hydraulic
    Brakes for hybrids/MTB are a fit and forget part, the pads on the
    commute bike last many 1000's of miles.

    I had a FG/SS for a few years, chains lasted 3/4 of the miles of the
    geared MTB, and I took far more care to clean the FG/SS.
    it's only the higher end that have alu sections of cassettes, the lower
    and mid end is all steel, same really for Chainsets and again it's only
    the market for the sunday best that has Alu/Ti where for most part wear
    isn't a issue...

    The fact that as one part wears it will cause faster wearing to other
    part, is common to all drive systems
    Roger merriman
    Roger Merriman, Oct 8, 2015
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    With similar or higher power load, under far worse conditions, they
    generally last 40,000 miles or 5 years when used to drive the camshaft
    in a car. I'd expect them to outlast most bicycles.
    Phil W Lee, Oct 10, 2015
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    Tosspot Guest

    I've heard of some of the MTB boys complaining, sandy environment, but I
    don''t reckon a chain would last long.
    Tosspot, Oct 10, 2015
  4. I do clean my chain sometimes, but it's messy, time-consuming, and the
    ****ing thing is dirty again after about 2 commutes, especially at this
    time of year.

    Matthew Vernon, Oct 15, 2015
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    Peter Clinch Guest

    I clean my chains a lot in winter, because Dundee CC use a *lot* of
    salt. I don't clean them because I'm a Good Boy, I do it because I find
    they work better when they go around bends...
    Despite frequent chain cleaning the Brom usually gets a new chain every
    spring. It won't take a proper guard because of the tensioner, and it's
    usually completely banjaxxed come the end of the gritting season (hence
    my interest in Gates belts, not that they would work on a Brom).

    Peter Clinch, Oct 15, 2015
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    Ian Smith Guest

    Rather than a 'proper clean', I give the chains on both bikes (fixie and
    27-speed road) a good wiping off with kitchen paper, then lube, spin,
    and wipe excess off again; usually once a week. The fixie chain I
    replace every 3 or 4 months, having done around 1200 miles or a bit
    more; and it does get punished severely with my riding habits (mashed
    a bottom bracket into smithereens a few months ago). 27-speed's chain I
    simply replace every 6 months (with cassette annually); doing estimated
    3500 miles/year. I suppose the fixie could have a full bhoona chain
    guard, but never gave it a second thought before. Hmmm.
    Ian Smith, Oct 15, 2015
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    Owen Dunn Guest

    I rarely bother, but I have a squirty bottle contraption from Halfords
    which seems to make cleaning the chain a very unmessy business.

    Owen Dunn, Oct 16, 2015
  8. i use dry/summer oil which seems not to gum up. do use more of it but it
    saves cleaning the chain....

    Roger Merriman
    Roger Merriman, Oct 16, 2015
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