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post #461 of 491 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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From yesterdays ride. The sun is halfway to it's winter position, but it is still hot and humid.
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From yesterday.
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Finally, got around to doing maintenance on the bike yesterday afternoon. I replaced the ceramic bearings in the crank, the 53T chainring, the chain, the cassette, rear tire, and greased the rear hub bearings.
It should be ready to roll for Novembers ride.
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I'm ditching the ceramic bearings in my rear hub. I;m going with Enduro ABEC-3 LLB bearings. They are a radial type bearing. The LLB is a no contact seal (less friction).

Everyone yaps about angular contact bearing in the hub, but the thing is most hubs have no way of putting a pre-load on the bearing, so what's the point.

I think I am going back to steel bearings in my crank as well. They will be angular contact since my Shimano crank arms have the plastic pre-load cap. Yes, that is what the plastic cap is for on your left crank arm, it's to apply a pre-load to your AC bearing (approx. 5nm) and used on radial bearing to take out play.
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That is a really nice looking bike. Cool picture too
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That is a really nice looking bike. Cool picture too

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@Wildrat.... really digging the wax/Lamp O lube..... but man, when it needs lube, it needs it in a hurry LOL. Went riding and out of no where so it seemed my shifting went to pot and things got louder like flicking a switch. Went home and checked my log and yup....130 miles since the last lube. Lubed it up and good to go.
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@Wildrat.... really digging the wax/Lamp O lube..... but man, when it needs lube, it needs it in a hurry LOL. Went riding and out of no where so it seemed my shifting went to pot and things got louder like flicking a switch. Went home and checked my log and yup....130 miles since the last lube. Lubed it up and good to go.

Is the bike going through a lot of water/mud/dirt?
I do mine every third ride/every week, which is usually about 150-160 miles.
Do you have enough wax in your oil?
I know I can ride in the rain and these filthy roads down here and my chain repels most of it.

How long are you leaving the chain in the wax bath? Mine stays in anywhere from around 4-6 hours and sometimes overnight if I forget about it.
Do you have a chain wear gauge? Next time you change your chain you should try a SRAM PC-1130. You can get them for around 18-22 bucks.

I've had Shimano, and KMC chains. They do not wear good and the shifting was not smooth. I tried the inexpensive SRAM chain and it's what I will use from now on.

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Is the bike going through a lot of water/mud/dirt?
I do mine every third ride/every week, which is usually about 150-160 miles.
Do you have enough wax in your oil?
I know I can ride in the rain and these filthy roads down here and my chain repels most of it.

How long are you leaving the chain in the wax bath? Mine stays in anywhere from around 4-6 hours and sometimes overnight if I forget about it.
Do you have a chain wear gauge? Next time you change your chain you should try a SRAM PC-1130. You can get them for around 18-22 bucks.

I've had Shimano, and KMC chains. They do not wear good and the shifting was not smooth. I tried the inexpensive SRAM chain and it's what I will use from now on.
I rewatched the videos and will have to check my mix, I might need to add a dash more lamp oil. I ride in dry conditions with the occasional small drainage area crossing. BUT it has been very, very dry here lately and very dusty. Two rides and the bike is covered. But I leave my chain in for a couple hours usually at a minimum. I have a wear guage, and it is still well within the good range. I think it has about 550~ miles on it, it is a SRAM GX Eagle chain.
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I dip a butter knife in the wax, run under the tap to cool the wax, then smear with my finger/thumb. It should be like a hard cream. Kinda like bacon grease that has been in the fridge. If your wax is flaking on the chain, you need more oil.
Remember it's not the wax on the outside that's important, it's what gets on the inside.
This is why I don't mind letting the chain sit in the mix on low for hours.

Once my wax is melted I switch to low, not warm.
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