Bicycle Maintenance for Cyclists

Cassette Cleaning

Are you paying attention to your drive train? Whether you have 10 cogs or nine or eight, you have lots of teeth to keep clean. Yes, it is a messy job, yet it is essential to the life of your Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo cassette. There are two sources of wear on your bicycle's cogs, grit and worn out chains. Keep the grit off of your cassette and it will last longer. One author suggested with proper care you might expect a 10,000 mile life for your cogs.

Simple Cleaning Tools

Cleaning Shimano 10-speed cassette There are brushes designed to clean between the cogs. As bike cassettes progressed from seven to ten cogs, the spaces between them has decreased, requiring narrower brushes. I have had very good success using a narrow rag ten to twelve inches long. The ribbed neck of an old t-shirt works well. An old tooth brush will help clean the faces of the teeth. A few sheets newspaper will help keep your area clean as you work.

Degreasing the cassette

Citrus based degreasers are readily available, environmentally friendly and effective. You can do the job faster and easier, if you remove the rear wheel first. Most of the time you should be able to clean the cassette without removing it from the hub.

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