Bicycle Maintenance

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Cleaned Up” Cedar Park, 2020

During my lunch break I cleaned the drive train on my bicycle. My Kona Blast is 20 years young and this is the first time I’ve actually cleaned the chain, cassette, and crankset so I was looking forward giving the bike a little love. I used a degreaser and stiff brush to work all the grime loose, then rinsed it all off with the hose. I don’t have any proper bicycle lube, so I used transmission fluid, which is a popular lubricant for motorcycle chains. It’s also a good cleaner, which I found out because after wiping the excess fluid, the cassette was shiny! I forgot what it looked like new. 😆

By the way, I removed the “dork disk”, which is the plastic piece attached to the spokes by the cassette. It serves little purpose, and it was yellow with age and cracked off dramatically when I tried to remove it. 😊

Time to ride!

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