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Does washing the bike (not the drivetrain) actually prolong the life of any components?

You are asking if washing more than the drivetrain has any benefit? In the winter you want to remove salt to reduce corrosion (even aluminum corrodes), especially from drivetrain parts since they are ...
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LBS won't Service Shimano Dual Control Lever

I've successfully destroyed several right-hand levers by attempting to fix them once they've started acting up. One was a broken basket in the shifter, and I forget the actual failure in the others. ...
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Can I use WD-40 or WD-50 to clean Cube bike chain?

It is a debatable topic but due to its properties, you can indeed use it to degrease/clean your chain. However, I would only use it for that, "classic" (*) WD-40 is not a good lubricant, ...
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LBS won't Service Shimano Dual Control Lever

The answer depends a little on the exact model and how deep you need to go. In general the problem is that replacement parts aren't available new if something is broken, and if nothing is broken then ...
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LBS won't Service Shimano Dual Control Lever

A small addition to this that I don't think has been fully covered: Internal parts for Shimano shifters aren't available. As previously noted, they are also disturbingly difficult to disassemble. This ...
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Cleaning Contaminated Disc Rotors

It looks and sounds as if your calliper is leaking oil. The most likely cause is the LBS that did not bleed the brakes correctly (eg. by not using a bleed block) and caused the pistons to pop out of ...
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Best chain cleaning solution for a chain that is not fully detachable from the bike

I want to do a proper bike chain cleaning by submersing it partially into a liquid This is not enough. Submersing a chain into liquid only removes whatever the liquid is capable of dissolving. It ...
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Best chain cleaning solution for a chain that is not fully detachable from the bike

There are specific chain cleaners (they are called like this) in bike shops or general sport shops with a bike department. Doing product recommendations is off-topic here, but these are commodity ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner power requirements, for cleaning chains before waxing

I'm on my second ultrasonic cleaner now. Primarily used for cleaning chains and other bike parts. The first was a $40 30W/50W single transducer with no heater or basket, and a capacity of 800 mL. It ...
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LBS won't Service Shimano Dual Control Lever

If the tool is the one I'm thinking of, it mainly allows you to take the whole main assembly out of the lever. That assembly is available, at least for some models, as a spare, costing about the same ...
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Best chain cleaning solution for a chain that is not fully detachable from the bike

Unless it's a cutting-edge chain, just get an old-fashioned chain remover and push out the rivet - you will need this anyway when it's time to replace the chain. Clean the chain, and put a quick link ...
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