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  1. DHCorky

    DHCorky Monkey

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    How often do you go through and rebuild/clean your bike?

    I have my bike completely disasembled right now. All the linkages and everything pulled off the bike so I can throughly clean everything and check the pivot bearings. I do this at least twice a year. I was just wondering how often everyone else does a total rebuild/cleaning of their bike?
     
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  2. caputo1989

    caputo1989 Turbo Monkey

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    twice a year I strip everything down and clean it.
     
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    Where do you live? Is this a trick Question?
    everynight before i go to bed! :)
     
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  4. seismic

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    Almost never....due to the lack of a good place to work on the bike...
     
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    Zutroy Turbo Monkey

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    Usually after every race or a big weekend riding. for the DH bike at least....the XC. i almost never work on.
     
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    S.K.C. Turbo Monkey

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    Once a year - unless I run in muddy/rainy conditions - then it's done ASAP.
     
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    rebuild haven't done one in 3 years, aka never. wanted to do one this year. clean my bike, just a hose down, nearly every ride, a proper clean as much as i can(about every 3 weeks). why you ask?
     
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    thaflyinfatman Turbo Monkey

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    I never do complete ones, just bit by bit whenever stuff starts making noise.
     
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    Doing 1st rebuild in 2 years... It's due!
     
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    I do a general cleaning after every weekend typically, the usual hose wash, re-lube everything, check cables, tension, wear and tear, brakes.

    I usually do a complete rebuild twice a year, sometimes more. It's a mix of sometimes needing it/shear boredom/alcohol consumption/i like to work on bikes.

    -Adam
     
  11. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    usually in the winter i take it all apart and clean them up pretty nice... during the year i wash them usally after 1 or 2 trail rides... I relube the chain once a week.. of course with one ride in mud i am cleaning it really well
     
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    3-4 times yearly. It's just so nice to have nice, clean, well lubed bikes. Speaking of which, I need to love my dh bike some more. It's been at least a year since I tore it down :(
     
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    I have torn down my bike three times so far this year and I didn't get it until almost the beginning of May. I can't stand when bike my bike makes any noises that it shouldn't :mumble: .
     
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    dhbuilder jingoistic xenophobe

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    clean and inspect after every session. thourough disassemble and re-grease every bolt once every 4-6 weeks. headset every 2-3 weeks. change fork oil every month. around here we make 8-10+ runs a day almost every sat. and sun. with 6-8 runs one weekday a week during summer months.
     
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    I'll do a rebuild whenever I feel it is necessary. I just did my sunday a couple weeks ago after a horribly rainy collegiate season and found that every single bearing was frozen... After a bunch of hours with degreaser, chainlubes, etc I was able to get all of them repacked with grease and spinning smooth again. Generally I will do little stuff as needed throughout the year anf then a complete overhaul before putting the bike away for the snowy season. Other bikes generally only see the as-needed work.
     
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    i had mine overhauled last week .. after a ride i just hose it .. haha i dont even lube it after ..
     
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    ViciousDHer eBay vigilante

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    I'd replace those bearings.

    Complete rebuild every winter. Complete tuneup once a week during riding months.(March to November)
     
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    I rotate bikes and parts too fast to really need it.

    Anybody wanna buy any parts?
     
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    I'll be keeping an eye on them for sure and will replace them if they go to crap but I'm saving every penny I can for paying for school so I'm willing to see how long they will last :thumb:
     
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    I rip my DH bike apart around every month, but that's because I'm a mechanic. I will dial it in before every race, too.
     
  21. DHCorky

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    I must say my rebuilds happen for just those reasons you listed. The majority of the time my rebuilds happen around midnight. I just get bored and something inspires me to tear my bike apart?? It just sucks because everytime you find something little that needs replaced and I never seem to have that piece:mumble: and the shops are not open at midnight.
     
  22. ThePriceSeliger

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    I know what you mean, I get out of bed at like midnight and overhaul the bike and get it all running, and come back into my house at like 2 or 3 completly covered in greese.
     
  23. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    3 - 4 times a year unless something is making noise, breaks, or I have been riding in weird conditions. (Muddy, rain, etc)