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    How do you remove SkyHawk headset bearings from cup?

    I took my headset apart because it sounded gritty. I couldn't get the bearings out of the cups to clean them good. Are they suppose to come out? If so how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    I took my headset apart because it sounded gritty. I couldn't get the bearings out of the cups to clean them good. Are they suppose to come out? If so how?
    They aren't supposed to come out. However you can clean/spray them out from the backside and repack them.

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    Do you mean like this Jeremy?
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    Yep!

    They look a little different than that but that's the basic idea. Good find~

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    Is the Chuck Lennon dirt in those bearings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Yep!

    They look a little different than that but that's the basic idea. Good find~

    Jeremy
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch1171 View Post
    Is the Chuck Lennon dirt in those bearings?
    Yep.. that sand gets everywhere. I basically have to wash my drive train after every ride because is sounds all gritty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    Yep.. that sand gets everywhere. I basically have to wash my drive train after every ride because is sounds all gritty.
    What type of lube do you use on your chain?

    I use either a wax based or Teflon based lube. An oil based lube collects dirt something terrible.

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    Finish Line Cross Country. Honestly though I get goop and sand in areas of my chain rings and cogs that are never used and don't have lube on them. We have some unusual conditions here (sugar sand).

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    The soil in my area is mostly clay. It gets hard as cement when it is dry, but then it gets pretty dusty and the wax or Teflon lubes help with the drive train.

    There's only one way to keep your bike from getting dirty......leave it in the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    Finish Line Cross Country. Honestly though I get goop and sand in areas of my chain rings and cogs that are never used and don't have lube on them. We have some unusual conditions here (sugar sand).

    I have the same issue here in east TX. Sand on every trail I ride. I blow the sand out of the drivetrain with compressed air after every ride. I am using the Finish Line Teflon Dry Lube and it gets caked with sand. I will try something different when I run out, but like you said it sticks to everything.

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    I too have to deal with sand in Florida but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue using White Lightning Clean Ride. It's a self cleaning wax lube that works really well. I just picked up the 32 ounce jug of it from Amazon. Much cheaper than the $9 for 4 ounces at my LBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuttrs View Post
    I too have to deal with sand in Florida but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue using White Lightning Clean Ride. It's a self cleaning wax lube that works really well. I just picked up the 32 ounce jug of it from Amazon. Much cheaper than the $9 for 4 ounces at my LBS
    Someone I was riding with recently suggested the same. I'll give it a try!

    EDIT: Found it on Amazon, great deal! That should last years. What are you using to apply it to the chain since it comes in a 32oz jug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDocTx View Post
    I have the same issue here in east TX. Sand on every trail I ride. I blow the sand out of the drivetrain with compressed air after every ride. I am using the Finish Line Teflon Dry Lube and it gets caked with sand. I will try something different when I run out, but like you said it sticks to everything.
    Well, now I know not to try that. It was next on my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuttrs View Post
    I too have to deal with sand in Florida but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue using White Lightning Clean Ride. It's a self cleaning wax lube that works really well. I just picked up the 32 ounce jug of it from Amazon. Much cheaper than the $9 for 4 ounces at my LBS
    I use White Lightning grease and have their chain cleaner... Will have to give this a try.

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    Hey, I just looked this stuff up and they sell it at my local Walmart pretty cheap. I'll get the small bottle from there and give it a try.

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    I put it in one of those old school oil cans with the long spout. You press the bottom of the can with your thumb to release drops at a time. It's angled just right for lubing the chain. Make sure your chain is clean before applying.
    Mix it well before filling canister or applying to chain.

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    Im using a new WD40 bike chain lube that's a dry lube. so far it works killer

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuttrs View Post
    I put it in one of those old school oil cans with the long spout. You press the bottom of the can with your thumb to release drops at a time. It's angled just right for lubing the chain. Make sure your chain is clean before applying.
    Mix it well before filling canister or applying to chain.
    Sweet, they sell those oil cans at Harbor Freight for three bucks.

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    Hey Jeremy, the pics above don't seem to be the same kind as is on my bike. Do I need to knock these out to clean/repack them? This tool will work won't it?
    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Bike-H...et+cup+remover

    What would you recommend for a replacement if needed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuttrs View Post
    I too have to deal with sand in Florida but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue using White Lightning Clean Ride. It's a self cleaning wax lube that works really well. I just picked up the 32 ounce jug of it from Amazon. Much cheaper than the $9 for 4 ounces at my LBS
    I used this for the first time today and it did the trick! Thanks for recommending it.

    PS I can see why I'm getting grit in my headset bearings now that I have a white fork. I could see a lot of sand and grit on the bottom bearing when I was finished today. When my headset removal tool arrives I am going to remove them and grease them up real good.

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    Disregard the pictures above. I took the headset apart today and the cups had a snap ring holding the bearings in. When you take that off there are 34 tiny ball bearings inside. They hardly had any grease in them. I cleaned them and greased them real good. Very smooth now. This pic is not great but hopefully you can see the snap ring.

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