I am meticulous about the maintenance on my Venge. It is cleaned on the outside every week. The drivetrain (including the derailleurs) is completely is cleaned and re-lubed every other week (keep in mind, I put in enough miles to warrant a chain cleaning every other week – 350-400 miles). I even take the crank assembly apart once every month or two to clean and relube it (it’s quite easy, takes about 15 minutes from start to finish). The bike, with no exceptions, looks showroom new after almost a full year and 5,000 miles on it. In fact, I’ve taken great pride in how good it still looks after all of that use. It also helps that it’s never seen rain (a few drops, yes, but I ride my Trek if a chance of rain above 20% is in the forecast). In other words, my Venge only sees the best of road conditions.
As I wrote in a previous post, I had my bike in for a yet unknown mechanical problem (clicking in the drivetrain) and when the mechanics started running out of ideas to pin the cause on they took the headset apart:
I’ve never done this, on any of my bikes because A) I didn’t know that it had to be done and B) I didn’t know how. After all, the whole steering assembly is sealed, no? Well no, it isn’t as it turns out. According to one of the shop’s main mechanics, the top was clean but the bottom was quite caked with road dust. I apologized and explained that I had no idea I would have to do that, then asked how to do it. I almost wish I’d hit YouTube first… The threadless headsets are so easy to take apart (at least the part that has to be cleaned and re-lubed), it’s slightly ridiculous.
Basically, you take off the stem cap, then the stem and the fork comes right out. You wipe it down, lube it back up and you’re good to go. That’s it. Well, thankfully with cycling I’m always learning something new. At least it keeps things interesting.
So, for those who wish, here are a couple of YouTube “How To” videos: