How to Maintenance Your Bike

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Introduction: How to Maintenance Your Bike

Of course, driving also includes the screws. Since today the weather was so nice, I used this and again made a round through mud and snow;).
At the beginning of the year, I always carry out an inspection on our mountain bikes and would like to show you once here what you can disassemble quickly. Since the components cost a lot of Euros, it is advisable not to be too frugal with the tool.

An indication of the cost is difficult because you need some special tools and cleaning / care products.

Except for the fork service, I actually perform almost all maintenance activities myself.

Step 1: Clean With Warm Water.

After the fun comes the pleasure ...
This time was not a mud on the bike, but from the road trip unfortunately the salt.

First, the wheel is thoroughly cleaned with plenty of water then dried

Step 2: Clamp the Mountain Bike in the Assembly Stand

First a hint:
Due to lightweight construction, aluminum frames should not be squeezed due to their low material thickness. With them, however, there is the "advantage" that a deformation is immediately visible. But if you have a frame made of carbon, you have the problem that carbon can splinter inside and this is not visible from the outside (in this case, you would have to roer).

Another note about "setting up the bike" on saddle and handlebars: On wheels with hydraulic brake system there is still some air left in the reservoir. If you turn the wheel on "the head" this air rises to the brake cylinders, therefore, you should, if you want to perform this kind of setting before the brake handle, for example. pull with a cable tie.

Since this is a carbon frame, the wheel is clamped with the seat post in the assembly stand.

Step 3: Rid Chain of Grease and Dirt

there are all sorts of aids (brushes), which can be seen here on the pictures is my favorite.
Apply grease remover to the chain brush / chain Turn the chain backwards to distribute the grease remover with the chain brush to move in for a while wipe with a cloth

Step 4: Clean the Chainrings of the Crank

The chainrings of the crank with the brush where it goes and clean the rest with the rag

Step 5: Remove Wheels

Remove the wheels by releasing the quick releases and then place the brake disc safety device between the two brake pistons.
because a grip on the brake and the pistons are together.

Step 6: Clean the Frame

Clean the frame in otherwise inaccessible places.
Since this is also a bit of old dirt, I used Super Foam from Loctite. Then "polish" and seal frame and fork with carbon care. The dip tubes of the fork still with some "fork deodorant" provided for the care of the seals.

Step 7: Cleaning the Derailleur

Remove the two wheels of the chain guide by loosening the Allen screw.
Depending on the model, the lower wheel is secured with a snap ring from the rear. When assembling, pay attention to the correct arrangement and direction of rotation. Before screwing in, thread the screws with Loctite threadlocker. When tightening, please think of the appropriate torque.

Step 8: Clean the Sprocket

- remove the quick release
- hold the sprocket with the chain whip - Insert the puller into the sprocket and turn the puller with an open-end wrench to release the sprocket. - Remove and clean the sprocket - Clean the hub body and hub - then reassemble - When tightening, please think about the corresponding torque

Step 9: Check Chain With Wear Gauge for Wear

The chain is subject to wear and stretches over time.
If it is "too long" the teeth and sprockets of the chain adapt, therefore, early replacement of the chain during wear is recommended. If the gauge falls into the intermediate spaces of the chain, it is time for a change. Then provide the chain with chain grease.

Step 10: Care of the Wheels and Cleaning of the Brake Discs

The wheels I treat for protection with a "polish" without abrasive particles.
Clean the brake discs with brake cleaner before installing the wheels. Since brake cleaner is not exactly gentle, cover the rest of the wheel.

Step 11: Check / Adjust Circuit

- insert the wheels
- Check if the rear derailleur is vertical and the derailleur hanger is not bent - the upper screw on the rear derailleur adjusts the end of the small sprockets - The lower screw on the rear derailleur adjusts the end of the large sprockets

In the pictures I have the chain on the sprocket on which the switching path is adjusted with the appropriate screw.

Step 12: Final Check

Finally, check all screws for tightness,
Check the air pressure and take a test drive. The activities listed here are the same for a repair.

When changing sprockets, I would always renew the chain with.

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