Turbo boost your drivetrain with a good degreasing!
Words: Ben Milivojevic Photos: Ben Sykes
You chain is one of the hardest working mechanical components on your bicycle, so it pays to ensure it is well maintained. A contaminated chain will accelerate the wear rate thus leading to a worn out drivetrain before you know it. With a really dirty old drivetrain Ben from Bicycle Mechanic Training Institute (BMTI) showed how you can still get it really clean again.
Things you will need
- Stiff bristled brush
- Large brush
- Park Tool Cyclone (or similar)
- Citrus based degreaser
- Chain lube
- Garden hose
- Open space
- Clean rag
Q & A
What lube should I use?
1. Dry Lube – thin lubricant that has low mileage but won’t bring the trail home with you.
2 . Wet Lube – thick lubricate that has long mileage but will bring the trail home with you.
3. Wax Lube – super thick cream that is dry to touch. Long lasting but not the easiest to clean.
When should I be cleaning my drivetrain?
This will depend on what lubricant you use and how often you ride. A sign that your drivetrain needs a clean would be that your chain sounds gritty when pedalling or leaves big black marks on your hand when you touch it.