|Hey there, back again with more about lubing your "sled", your "rig" ,that "fine ride", that "flow machine", that WHACK!!...............OUCH! um......sorry! Your bicycle, that is.
Today, I would like to let you in on a little trick to help you lube your derailluer cables. Stay with me now! With your rear derailluer shifted up onto the largest rear cog, make sure your wheels, cranks, and everything is perfectly still. Got it? Now, very, very importante'! Do NOT move the cranks, and use your rear shifter to click down to the fastest gear on your indicator, but DO NOT MOVE the CRANKS!!! Chain still up on the largest rear cog? Good! Oh! If you have that goofy rapid rise stuff, just do the reverse of what I just described, okay? Then march right down to the bike shop and get a bike with a "high normal" rear derailluer! ( More on that another time!)
Okay, back to work peasants! Now, you may have noticed that your rear derailluer cable got real slack. This is good! Really! Now, by the miracle of slotted cable stops, you can remove the rear section of cable housing from the cable stop. You should be able to slide the housing back and forth along the cable at this point. Grab some teflon impregnated chain lube, (like Tri Flow) and run some of this up and down the bare cable. Then slide the housing back and forth over that same area. Or, try dripping lube down inside of the housing itself, either way run the housing back and forth afterwards. If you see blackish, or rusty colored residue on the cable, wipe it off man! Didn't your mom teach you to wipe! Re-lube and repeat the procedure until a minimal amount, or no residue is seen. Replace the cable housing back in it's stop. Hopefully, you still haven't moved that crankset? Keep yer mits off it! We're not done yet! Move up to the next section of housing and repeat the procedure, until you reach the shifter. Make sure that the housings are all firmly seated in their respective housing stops. Okay? Now you can move the cranks. Move 'em round an' round! Shift like crazy! Make sure it shifts well throughout the range. If there is trouble, there is probably a housing section not seated in a stop correctly. Check it ya' foo! Otherwise, you should be good to go! A similar technique can be used for you front derailluer too. Whew! That's alot 'o info!
What I say: Smooth shifting is good! Less effort required to do it if everything is slippy-slidey. Check out your rig. If you have under the bottom bracket cable runs, lube that guide the cable slides across. Take your shred to a new level! Mo' later, so see ya sooner!
More Lubing TechniquesGuitar Ted 6:33 PM