Sunday, April 01, 2007

That's the cleanest chain I've ever seen!

After a rainy, cold commute on Friday with a(nother) flat tire on the Schwinn, I decided to spend the weekend doing some long overdue bike maintenence. I swapped out the tires on the Schwinn for my Panaracers, hoping that this will alleviate the constant flat tires on the Schwinn. The rear tire that was on there was so worn that I threw it away. I also swapped out the moustache bars for a set of cheapie road drops I picked up a week or two ago. The moustache bars just weren't working for me on that bike. They'll see service again somewhere, I'm sure.

I started looking at all the bikes hanging on the wall, and about maintenence in general. Figuring I should be a responsible bike owner, I took all the chains off and started cleaning them the Sheldon Brown way. I probably should have kept all the parts seperate instead of putting them into one giant bucket. But, it should only take me about 6 hours to reassemble everything. Time well spent, if you ask me.

Date: March 30
Mileage: 19
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Schwinn
March mileage: 284
Year to date mileage: 885

Date: March 31
Mileage: 24
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Schwinn
March mileage: 308
Year to date mileage: 909


Matt said...

I had some parts left over when I was done. Is that bad?

Fritz said...

You probably didn't need them anyway, Matt.

Apertome said...

Damn. I really don't think I could spend that kind of time cleaning chains. Props for your patience, though!

rigtenzin said...

Chain parts is over rated anyways.

maggie Osterberg said...

Dammit. You got me. Hook, line and cantilever.

this verdant country said...

This is how we've always done it at HC. And people wonder why we charge $600 to clean and lube a chain. No half-measures around here.

Pete said...

I'll bring my bucket of chain parts in tonight. Maybe you can only charge me $400 for reassembly.

Apertome said...

Oh man, I've been had. Argh!

Tex69 said...

Pete, if I mail you my chains will you wash them for me? I'll pay adequately.

Heidi said...

lol! that's hilarious.