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    Default How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    Forgive me V-Saloners for I may have sinned: I just sprayed some WD40 on my rear cassette. I cleaned the outside of the chain thoroughly then lubed it but had no idea what to do with a super dry cassette after 43 minutes of mud punished my drivetrain today. Would appreciate any best practices with regard to a thirsty cassette.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    Lube the chain properly (baller's lube aka NFS) and that should take care of the cassette when cycling through gears. Amiright?
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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    just keep your cassette clean
    the chain will do the rest

    edit: wd40 for degreasing only atmo

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    How do you clean a cassette? Do you need a special tool i.e. that fits between the sprockets like a brush? What do you clean it with?

    Also I've been spraying a hit of WD40 in my brake levers and around on the derailleur plus brakes but what should I be spraying there to keep those well maintained? I hope I'm not hurting anything with WD40 but I profess to have no idea what I'm doing in terms of proper bike maintenance. At least I try to take good care of my steeds.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    If it's filthy, I pull the cassette off the freehub and clean the sprockets and spacers individually.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    I usuallly blow them apart and scrub the cogs with an old toothbrush in laquer thinner.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    Cassettes require no lubrication. In fact, the are far better off bone dry. Similarly, the outside of a chain requires no lube. The interface between the rollers and the pins (inside the roller) is the only place where wear takes place.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    I usually clean them with a rag, back and forth, again and again. I saw this at the lbs recently:

    Seems like a great idea.

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    Less is more. Too much lube (and your description sounds like too much) just attracts dirt. Especially WD40.

    Best way to clean a cassette is what Christian said - take it off and clean it out.

    There are products that advertise cleaning without removing. For example, Finish Line makes a Speed Degreaser that seems able to clean just about anything. But I am not convinced those things are all that great to get on tires, especially if you have expensive tubulars. Pulling the cassette actually makes cleaning easier and definitely allows a more thorough cleaning. You just need the remover for the lockring and a chainwhip.

    I like removal because it also forces you to take a gander at what is down there. You'll notice things like wear, damage, etc. that you wouldn't if you were just blasting away.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    what about ravelled up hair, string and plastics?
    or an inner tube? where do i start?

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    you're overthinking it. knock the big pieces of crap off the cassette, lube the chain and ride the bike. done.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    You guys clean your cassettes?? I pull sticks out so it'll still shift...
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    I think we need a picture thread for cassettes. Awards for cleanest, muddiest, and greasiest. Award should be Too Talls new stuff.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    That's what I do.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    Quote Originally Posted by xjoex View Post
    I usually clean them with a rag, back and forth, again and again. I saw this at the lbs recently:

    Seems like a great idea.

    -Joe
    Collars and cuffs from old shirts fit between sprockets and remove dirt very well, you don't need to pull the cassette out.

    WD40 is a great way to glue grips to a ti bar.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    or a spoke.

    often and little. not morecambe and wise, vic and bob or laurel and hardly.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    Cheap & quick way to clean between the cogs: pieces of cardboard. Don't even have to take the wheel off, just turn that crank and you're done in a few minutes.

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    Take a rag to the cogs and floss them. Clean the crud off the pulleys. Clean the crud off the chainrings. Clean the chain on the rag. Drop about 5 or 6 drops of oil on the chain. Done. Do this about every 4 or 5 rides and you'll never have a dirty drivetrain.
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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    If you don't want to remove cassette off hub, pipe cleaners (especially the tougher rough ones) can be useful for flossing between cogs and loosening up grime.

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    Default Re: How to Lube a Bone Dry Cassette

    sell it and buy another one geez.






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