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1337 N Wells St. Chicago, IL
312-751-2488
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Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm 

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Bicycle Maintenance Made Easy

Clean It Right

Park Tool Chain Gang Cleaning SystemClean Your Dirty Chain The Easy Way
In the old days chains were often cleaned in a coffee can with kerosene or turpentine. Today, Park Tool's eco-friendly Citrus Degreaser used with their sophisticated Chain Gang Cleaning System (photo, right) does the job in seconds and with little or no mess. All you have to do is put degreaser into the tool, snap it onto the chain and backpedal!

Park Tool Bike Clean Brush KitKeep Your Clean Chain Clean with Park Tool's Gear Clean Brush
Park Tool's Gear Clean Brush is an economical and easy way to quickly clean your bike chain and gears when they aren't too dirty, which is the easy way to keep your drivetrain from ever getting too gunked up. This thin, stiff-bristled brush fits into small places and can be used "dry" to remove the heavy stuff, or the bristles can be moistened with degreaser to do a more thorough cleaning job. Then you can wipe the chain and cogs dry with a rag to finish the job. The Park Tool Gear Clean Brush is sold individually, or in a set with the Park Tool Bike Cleaning Brush Kit that adds some unique frame cleaning brushes as well.

Finish Line's Speed Degreaser gets the job done in seconds.

Clean The Drivetrain With Degreaser
For keeping the rest of your drivetrain spic and span, there is a wide range of degreasers available. For a solvent based degreaser, try White Lightning Clean Streak degreaser White Lightning's Clean Streak cleans the grimiest, greasiest drivetrains with an easy to use, no mess spray. Clean Streak breaks down grease and road grime and dries in minutes with no residue. For a more eco friendly option, try out Pedro's Oranj Peelz.

Finish Line's Gear Floss cleans hard-to-reach parts.

Floss Your Bike Teeth
Finish Line's Gear Floss is an ingenious tool that makes cleaning your cogs easier and faster than ever. It also fits into any nook and cranny on your bike for ease of cleaning hard-to-reach areas. It's made of intertwined micro fibers in a 20-inch rope. The micro fibers attract and hold grit and grime great making cleaning easy. Use Gear Floss to clean your cassette cogs, derailleur pulleys, bottom bracket, chainrings, brakes, pedal/crankarm interface and more! If gear floss is not in your budget, you can also use the edges of rags or cut up old t-shirts.

Lube It Right

Keep your chain lubricated for a smooth ride.Lube The Chain
The chain is the heart of your drivetrain and a dry or dirty chain can seriously degrade your cycling experience. It makes your bicycle significantly harder to pedal, can cause annoying squeaking, and on a bike with gears it can hamper the shifting too. To avoid these issues and keep your bike running right, keep your chain clean and well lubricated at all times with the correct chain lube for your bike and riding conditions. Check out chain lubes here.

Lubed derailleurs mean smooth shifting.Lube The Derailleurs
Besides the chain, it's important to lubricate the front and rear derailleurs too since they're working hard with every shift. They have pivoting parts, springs and pulleys to move your chain from cog to cog and chainring to chainring. To do this smoothly, efficiently and quietly, and to minimize drivetrain wear and tear, keep your derailleurs clean and lubricated with Finish Line's great products.

Brake and shift levers work best when lubed.Lube The Brake And Shift Levers
The brake and shift levers on your bicycle also have important working parts, springs and pivots that need to be kept clean and lubed so that you can brake and shift optimally. We recommend using Finish Line's dry-style lubes. Run your levers through their range of motion while applying lube to the pivot points. Also, apply lube to the adjusting barrel threads to keep them turning easily and to prevent corrosion.

 View this diagram to see the lube points for modern bicycles.

Don't Just Clean Your Bike — Detail It!

Make your baby sparkle with Finish Line's Super Bike Wash.Get It Nice And Clean With Finish Line's Super Bike Wash
After a long mountain-bike ride, or a long winter in the basement, treat your two-wheel pride and joy to a complete washing. It's fast, easy and fun with Finish Line's Super Bike Wash. It has special surfactants and cleaning agents to quickly break down the dirt and grime that tends to accumulate on your bicycle frame and components over time and it sprays on for ease of use.

Clean your bicycle the easy way with Finish Line's brushes.Make Cleaning Easy With A Brush Set
You can use a sponge or a rag to clean your bike, but we think you'll find it a lot easier and even more fun to do the job the way the pros do: with special brushes made for the task. And Park Tool makes the perfect set. There are sizes and shapes that make cleaning the frame, wheels, hard-to-access places, and even the tires easy. Plus, all the brushes are designed to clean but never to scratch your frame the way abrasive and/or dirty rags and sponges can.

Finish Line's Showroom cleans and protects your bicycle.Give Your Baby That Showroom Shine
An expertly polished bicycle looks fantastic and even seems to ride more easily. Plus, modern frames and components are made of high-tech materials and feature quality finishes, so they are designed to be shiny, bright and stylish. More importantly, polished frames and parts resist dirt and moisture so they stay cleaner longer. These are all reasons why we like Finish Line's Showroom Polish & Protectant. It's an easy way to keep your ride beautiful and it also provides a protective film that resists abrasives, repels water and inhibits rust!

Other Stuff To Do

Grease your seatpost so it never freezes in the frame.Grease Your Seatpost
We recommend removing your seatpost every few months and applying a thin layer of Park Tool Poly Lube grease to the part that goes inside your frame. This will ensure that the seatpost never corrodes and seizes inside the frame and it also keeps it easy to raise and lower your seat to adjust it.

Keep your suspension stanchions lubricated.Lube Your Suspension
Oil-damped suspension systems require some TLC in order to keep working smoothly over the years. For basic maintenance, keep the gaskets, O-rings and stanchion legs lubricated with Finish Line's Stanchion Lube (photo, right). And, most shock makers recommend having the shock oil replaced with new oil once a year. For more information on shock maintenance, click here.

Scuff glazed brake pads for optimum stopping power.Caliper Brakes
Caliper brakes squeeze the rims to stop you, so it's important to keep the rims clean of any rubber deposits from the brake pads and clean of grime and dirt, too. Finish Line's Speed Degreaser works great for this. Then, once the rims are good and clean, check the brake pads. Glazed, hardened or dirty pads can cause a loss of braking power and squeaking noises. Clean them by scrubbing off any debris and hardened glaze with sandpaper.

Disc brakes work best when clean.Disc Brakes
Whether cable or hydraulic, disc brakes offer impressive stopping power. Just be sure to replace the pads if they get chipped or contaminated with grease and grime. proper steps should be taken to maintain the integrity of the braking system and ensure the safety of the rider. bleeding the brake is a process by which old fluid and gas that has built up in the system is flushed from the caliper, line, and lever. A complete bleeding of the brake system should be performed every 6 months to maintain the performance of the braking system. All fasteners should be periodically checked for proper torque. brake pads and rotors should be inspected for wear and contamination before every ride and replaced as necessary. 

Lubes & Cleaners

Pedro's Chainj Chain Lube
$10.00 - $35.00

- Mixed or wet conditions lube - Made from renewable materials and… [more]

Finish Line Ceramic Grease (2-Ounce Tube)
$7.99

Help your bearings run smoother and longer with Finish Line's Ceramic… [more]

Finish Line No Drip Chain Luber
$8.99

Lubing your bicycle's chain is an essential but messy task. But now,… [more]

White Lightning Easy Clean Tire Brush
$9.99

White Lightning's Easy Clean Tire Brush is the perfect solution for… [more]

SRAM Jonnisnot Shifter Grease
$11.00

SRAM'S Jonnisnot Shifter Grease is a fluorocarbon lube perfect for… [more]

White Lightning Wet Ride
$7.99 - $11.99

Rain, sleet, hail, snow, no matter what form it comes in, water can reek… [more]

Work Stands

Park Tool Home-Mechanic Repair Stand
$205.95

For all your bicycle repairs, choose Park's Home-Mechanic Repair Stand!… [more]

Park Tool Adjustable Linkage Clamp
$154.95

Park's adjustable linkage shop clamp is found in more shops than any other… [more]

Park Tool Portable Wheel Dishing Tool
$35.95

For wheels to perform properly, it's important that the rims be centered… [more]

Bicycle Tools

Park Tool Internal Cable Routing Kit
$59.95

Take the guesswork out of installing cables, wires, and housing inside the… [more]

Park Tool Master Spoke Wrench .136"
$27.95

Destined to become a classic, Park Tool's Master Spoke Wrench is an… [more]

Park Tool Square Socket Internal Nipple Spoke Wrench
$10.95 - $15.00

Having trouble getting at internal spoke nipples? Park's Square Socket… [more]

Park Tool FR-4 Freewheel Remover
$6.95

The Park FR-4 Freewheel Remover fits Atom, Regina, splined Zeus and some… [more]

Crank Brothers Y12 Multi-Tool
$29.99

When you're on the road or trail, the Y12 is your guardian angel. A… [more]

Topeak Mini 10
$19.95

This lightweight, compact tool includes Torx sizes (T10/T15/T20/T25) to… [more]

 
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