Friday, August 17, 2007

Whoa - I thought I was a feak!

No sooner did I put up my last post on cleaning a chain, then did I stumble across this link on the Surly Blog who in turn linked Sheldon Brown's page.

It is well-known that proper chain cleaning is the most vital and important aspect of cycling. There are zillions of doo-dads and gimmicks out there intended to make this task easier for spoiled, lazy cyclists.

Unfortunately, there's no "free lunch" in bicycle maintenance, and all of these existing systems are fundamentally mono-buttocked kluges.

The only proper way to clean a bicycle chain is to disassemble it, otherwise there is no way to be sure you've thoroughly cleaned and properly lubricated the critical internal parts where chain wear occurs.

Similarly, there's no way to apply correct lubrication to an assembled chain, since the rollers have different lubrication needs than the link articulation pins do!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"mono-buttocked kluges"