5 Ways to Make Your Drivetrain Last Longer
Yes, its true you will have to replace parts on your drivetrain as they wear out, but there are certain things you can do to make the parts last longer.
Tip 1 – Wipe Your Chain Down After Every Ride
Take 10 seconds after every ride and wipe down your chain. You pick up a lot of dirt on the road or trail. So just take a little bit of time to wipe all that off the chain with a rag to keep that dirt from building up.
Tip 2 – Replace Your Chain When It Wears Out
If you ride with a worn out chain it will wear down other parts prematurely. Chains will wear out before a cassette or chainring so it is important to replace it before it wears down other parts. A tool like the Park Tool Chain Checker is the easiest way to see if your chain is worn out. You can also use a ruler to check. Each link on the chain should measure exactly 1 inch. Measure 12 links and if it measures more than 12 and 1/16 inches it is time to replace your chain.
Tip 3 – Keep Your Chain Lubed
Make sure your chain is lubed. Place a drop of lube on the pivot of each link in the chain, then wipe off the excess with a rag. It is very important to wipe it off after or that excess lube will attract even more dirt and grime.
Tip 4 – Don’t Cross-Chain
If you pedal in the smallest chainring in front and the smallest gear in the back or the biggest ring in front and biggest gear in back, it will wear out the drivetrain sooner. This is called cross-chaining. It will put extra stress on your chain and gears making them wear out faster.
Tip 5 – Do a Deep Clean of Your Drivetrain Every few Weeks
Wiping your chain after every ride will do a lot to keep your drivetrain clean, but every few weeks it’s good to do a deep clean on your drivetrain. Use dish soap and water with an old toothbrush or the Finish Line Grunge Brush to scrub down your cassette, chainrings, and derailleurs. Once you scrub the dirt and grime off, rinse them off with some water.
If you follow these simple tips, your drivetrain will last much longer, saving you money in the long run.