Cleaning the Bike
6. Cleaning the drive train
The most important part to clean is the chain. So, we
could call this chapter chain cleaning. You should have
a special rug only for this job, which is usually
Use the rug to wipe dry every chain link separately.
In this way the chain will shine bright and clean. You
can also deep clean the chain a few times a year with degreaser
or benzene. It is best to take the chain off the bike in
this case, or to use a special tool that you can get at
your local bike store. At the end it is very important
that after deep cleaning you also do a deep
You should always clean also the rear derailleur
jockeys. They are usually very much filled with dirt. A
smaller screwdriver is helpful at this job.
And there are also chain rings and rear sprockets
left to clean. If you want to do it perfectly you should
take them apart. But this is seldom done. The usual
way is just to rub the chain rings with the rug every
time the chain is being cleaned. You can get a special
brush for doing this. The brush is especially helpful at
cleaning the rear sprockets, which have tight deep
spaces between them.