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    Is this normal? New bike check

    I just got back from riding 12.8 mil of Sandy singletrack on my timberjack. It looks like the fork and drivetrain are pretty messy, is this normal after riding in dusty conditions? The the chain looks like it was Lubed with grease, should I clean that off and use some dry lube instead? Should I just wipe that dirt off the front fork and keep on riding or is something amiss?

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    normal on a new bike normal on a used bike

    a new bike gets grubbier because there is more ooze and grease since
    it has never been fully wiped down since assembly

    new chains have factory grease, just use oil, wipe off excess, roll

    same with fork, wipe that dirt off, go ride again


    your fork seals do not look too tight, check if there is a service manual
    for your particular front fork and if it needs any seal maintenance or stanchion
    maintenance beyond mere dirt wiping
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    Yes, if you ride in dirt you collect dirt.

    Last weekend my son and I spent a few hours on a local free-ride run. It was very dry and dusty and the amount the bikes collected was amazing. What you are showing here is nothing!

    Forks leak a bit of oil up onto the stanchions, that's normal, and of course dirt will stick to it. Wipe them clean and carry on.

    Yes, a drier chain lube is good in dusty conditions. I seal like Squirt chain lube. It's a pig to work into the chain but wipe the excess off and it keeps the chain noticeably cleaner.

    Mountain biking is not a clean sport ;0)

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    just wipe if off and ride. new chains are always covered in grease. id wipe as much as you can off. doesnt do any good on the outside of the chain but collect dirt

    when the chain starts to sound noisy, add lube

    i use this. just dont get it on your cassette or gears, it will just collect dirt too. or your brakes, or they wont work worth a crap Is this normal? New bike check-5140-dumondetechoriginalchainlube.jpg

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    That pasty grease that you "just wipe off" is pretty easy work with a rag, paint brush and some kerosene. There are plenty of solvents and degreasers out there but one I've read as universally safe on all chains, roller assembly/internal parts is kerosene. Not pricy either.

    I've used a paint brush and rag to work it in / wipe it off while still on the bike working on the the upper and lower stretch between the pedals and cassette, then moving it along to other non-treated areas. Wipe it good, drip dry in the sun for a bit, go ride a short ways then use the appropriate lube for your area or conditions... ride again for a bit to work that in.
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    Baby wipes work well to get most of that stuff off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by party_wagon View Post
    Baby wipes work well to get most of that stuff off.
    Yeah, but it's very hard to train the baby to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Yeah, but it's very hard to train the baby to do it.
    Just a little patience, really. Getting the baby clean later's the real challenge...that, and getting the hose away from him. Way worse than washing the dog.

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    I would clean and relube the chain and clean the sprocket. There should not be that much grit on your chainring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Yes, if you ride in dirt you collect dirt.

    Forks leak a bit of oil up onto the stanchions, that's normal, and of course dirt will stick to it. Wipe them clean and carry on.

    Yes, a drier chain lube is good in dusty conditions. I seal like Squirt chain lube. It's a pig to work into the chain but wipe the excess off and it keeps the chain noticeably cleaner.

    Mountain biking is not a clean sport ;0)
    This right here. I switched over to Squirt recently, and after cleaning all the lube off the chain, and applying two layers of Squirt, the chain was in good shape, but there was a plethora of waxy type lube built up on my chainring, jocky wheels, and cassette. I cleaned all that off, and it has been good to go since. Only an occasional reapplication needed.
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