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Does the rear derailleur hanger need lubrication

A rear derailleur has four pivot points in a parallelogram, a bushing in each jockey wheel, and a big pivot to apply B tension. That's 7 different places where corrosion can mess with the operation of ...
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Drivetrain lubrication for indoor training

The purpose of greasy and sticky lubes is to resist being washed out by water. (Hopefully this will never be a concern in your home.) The disadvantages to comfort and convenience are obvious. If your ...
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Drivetrain lubrication for indoor training

The bike I put on my trainer is the trekking one, that I happen to use sometimes for utility purposes (and remove from the trainer then). So I continue with the lubricant that is on the bike. In this ...
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How to immerse wax a chain?

There are actually two parts to the answer: thoroughly degreasing the chain, and actually waxing it. It feels like the first part is harder, at least cognitively. Degreasing It's considered best ...
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How to immerse wax a chain?

I hot wax my chains and the procedure I use is pretty simple. I don't know if it's optimal but here's what I do: Required items: Degreaser, regular paraffin wax from grocery store, waste rag or paper ...
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Threadlock for Bottom bracket on Titanium Frame?

The grey/white stuff on Shimano BBs is a mild threadlocker I believe. I normally put antiseize on top of it. The substance will still contribute a threadlocking effect by filling gaps, and you have ...
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Threadlock for Bottom bracket on Titanium Frame?

Use anti-seize on all threaded titanium BB shells. You're fine leaving the pre-applied threadlocker in place, or you could pick it off.
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Clearing excess wax from chain links

Using a paper towel to wipe the plates (not the rollers) rigth after the chain was removed from the hot wax gets rid of a lot of the excess wax.
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How to immerse wax a chain?

I personally am a bit lackadaisical about the process, and I have yet to see a negative outcome. I wax just the chains, not the quick links, not the cassette and definitely not the freewheel. I find ...
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Does the rear derailleur hanger need lubrication

The interface between hanger and derailleur doesn’t need lube apart from a smudge of grease before assembly but the main pivot, the parallelogram, and the cage pivot of the derailleur need regular ...
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How to immerse wax a chain?

Gosh, I've been waxing chains since 1977, making most of the mistakes warned against here except for starting a fire. I have learned that a very clean chain is essential for BEST results, but VERY ...
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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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Clearing excess wax from chain links

I don't bother. Instead - I fit the cool waxxed chain to the bike which is in an axle stand or just leaning. When its all assembled I spin the cranks over ~10 times to make sure the chain goes around ...
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How to immerse wax a chain?

Wax lubrication is always an impossibly niche thing. Test have proven again and again that it is the most efficient means of lubrication (in terms of power loss) however you have to take the chain off ...
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Drivetrain lubrication for indoor training

Here is the case for wax as an optimal lube if you are OK with the added difficulty of using it. It's not just about drivetrain losses. Wax has also been shown to produce lower wear than wet lubes. ...
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How do I fix stiff dual-pivot brakes?

I have just rebuilt older Tektro dual pivot brakes. The springs are usually fine if not broken. Most of these brakes have cheap nylon spacers; those little 1mm thick black ones. Some brakes have very ...
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