This is why we wash & lube before an event!

Well I got most of the mud off after last Sunday’s race & rode it on the trainer all week. But it was still a bit dirty, so in the 45 degree cold I decided to really wash & lube the bike. Washed it on the rack behind the car. Clean the bike move on to the drive train scrubbing it all down . Start to lube & adjust the shifting & I notice  the deraileur is touching & is clicking the spokes. Huh hasn’t done this before. Try the limit screws and no change. I figure the derailleur got hit. In fact it didn’t want to go into the smallest cog, another clue. I pull the derailleur get a crescent wrench and pull it out a touch. Re assemble and no more click. Readjust the cables & back to normal.

If I had not cleaned/lubed the bike it could have been a hugely expensive fix if the chain broke a spoke, ruined the derailleur etc.

The end!

  • It is amazing what one finds when you clean a bike. When I borrowed a friend’s mtb recently, I had some problems with the rear cassette. Clearly, the bike hadn’t been cleaned in a while. So after the ride, it got a nice cleaning (though in warmer weather than 45 degrees!), and I found the problem – a couple of wood chips had embedded themselves b/t 3 of the cogs in a way that wasn’t easily seen unless you looked very closely and were looking while moving the pedals. There have been other examples of a find and prevent an issue or fix an oops before it got worse, too. Cleaning a bike always has more than one purpose! :-)