I’m not much for maintaining my drivetrain. I remember to oil my chain once a month or so and it gets wiped down with a rag before and after lubing. That’s the extent of the love it sees from me. Living in the PNW my bike gets quite dirty during the fall & winter when it’s moist out regularly. So I’m quite happy with how well all my bike parts are hanging in there despite the neglect and regular use.
I do two things that definitely help my bike keep rolling:
- I don’t hose it down at the bike wash station after a wet ride. I use a damp cloth and/or a plastic brush to clean it at home which keeps the dirty water out and the grease inside the bearings.
- I change my chains regularly.
It’s been about a year since I installed my 10 speed Shimano Zee drivetrain. It has performed flawlessly even though it has been banged around, bumped and covered in crap most of the time. So I figured it was time for a new chain.
Looking at the rusty mess on Sharon’s Nomad [see does use the bike wash station!! :(] I nudged her into getting a new chain as well.
I do measure our chains with a checking tool, but it only reports when wear has gone farther than I would like. Chains are cheap. Buying a new cassette and chain ring is more expensive.
Comparing new and old chains I can see how much the old one has worn and become longer.
Glad I spent the $$ to replace our chains. Now it’s time to start wearing the new chains out again! 😉