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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? on: May 14, 2019, 07:26:25 AM
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« on: May 14, 2019, 07:26:25 AM »

Looking for some advice here. I was on my first ever bike packing trip on a gravel grind on the B&O trail from Baltimore to Pennsylvania. It rained as it always seems to do on the East Coast these days. My drivetrain became really crunchy from all the grit that was kicked up. I spent the next morning squirting my water bottle through the cassette and chain. I used 7 bottles worth of water. It made it much better, but it wasn't perfect. Anyone have a good portable solution to cleaning their drivetrain in the field?

Cheers!
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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 07:42:29 AM
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 07:42:29 AM »

Hey 10000miles
I did Pittsburgh to DC last year and had the same experience.  Rained all day one, and lots of mud on day two.
I always carry trailpiks from scrubza.  I think I got mine on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Scrubza-TrailPik-Quick-Cassette-Cleaning-Cyclecross/dp/B07NSCZWQ3
,but have seen more and more shops carring them.  They are super light and work great for getting the cassette perfectly clean.  I keep them in my camelbak for mountainbiking and in my revelate bag for my gravel grinder, even have a set hangin in my shop for cleaning the road bike.  On these long hauls, you can not beat how light and easy to pack they are.  you can clean with them dry, but with one bottle of water or a creek, you can get the chain and cassette as good as new, just a little lube and you are off,  no more grinding.  
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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 07:51:08 AM
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 07:51:08 AM »

Wow-thanks! I'll have to check it out. I know my toothbrushes have a hard time getting in between my 11speed gravel grinder.

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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 09:46:58 AM
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 09:46:58 AM »

I actually carry Trailpiks at my shop and love them.  I was given a set to try and was skeptical, but they make life so much easier.  I have a brand new Stumpjumper and they make life so much easier keeping my bike clean, especially around the suspension pivots.  There is even a pik small enough to clean the teeth of my eagle cassette.  I now use them in the shop to clean customers bikes and sell them.  They're small, durable, and complete your drivetrain/suspension cleaning and care system.

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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 04:40:39 AM
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 04:40:39 AM »

I started using Trailpiks this year, too. Before that, I would carry a gritty tooth brush on every ride. However, that toothbrush was too wide to get in between my cassette gears. The Trailpik brush solved that problem by being thin enough to fit into those tight spaces, especially with my Eagle cassette. Also, the product comes with 6 brushes, sized for 10-, 11-, and 12-speed cassettes. So, these days, the grimy toothbrush stays in the garage, while Iím out riding dirt roads with my silent drivetrain.

Pro tip: thereís also 4 detailing Trailpik brushes you can use to remove ticks.

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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 04:08:32 AM
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 04:08:32 AM »

Hey Marc and Odawg,
Are either of you available for a Trailpiks field consult?  Just Like 10000000000000Miles the drivetrain on my 37 speed gravelenduroroadfixietraildownhill also became crunchy during my last epic ride.  Even though I cleaned off all that nasty gunk with a toothbrush it just wasn't perfect.  I need perfect.  What would you guys charge for an in the field Trailpiks consult?  I have a tyvec suit, dust mask and goggles so I think that I should be good to go when you show up.
Thanx and Cheers,
TT
p.s.  just so you know I employ The ShelBroCo Bicycle Chain Cleaning System before every ride.  Google it!


pro tip: I bought the Deluxe cleaning kit, it's only $250!  As I said earlier, I need perfect.


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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #6 on: May 16, 2019, 04:47:31 AM
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2019, 04:47:31 AM »

Iím totally down for the field consult.   headbang  trailpikís are cheap, quick, and easy though. Thatís why I use em.
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  Topic Name: How do you clean your drivetrain in the field? Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 05:00:23 AM
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 05:00:23 AM »

trailpikís are cheap, quick, and easy

deal killer
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