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Zen And The Art Of Bicycle Maintenance - Done Right

Whether your bicycle is a three-speed relic or an expensive mountain bike, keeping it clean makes for longer life, better performance, and an attractive ride.

2. Degrease the drive train
2. Degrease the drive train
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The hardest bike parts to keep clean are the chain and other parts of the drive train-the pedals, derailleur, rear hub, and such-so tackle them first.

Protect your hands with work gloves.

Then apply a degreaser to a soft cloth and clean the chain a few links at a time, moving the pedals for­ward as you work.

Once you've cleaned the entire chain, carefully remove it from the chain ring (also called the chain wheel)-the metal wheel with pointed teeth that keeps the chain in place.

Using a small screwdriver, carefully remove any caked-on gunk caught between the teeth.

Then slip a cloth between them, rub­bing it back and forth as if you were flossing your teeth.



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