Maintain Your Crankset

So, you've just dropped a week's pay on a shiny new compact crankset. Protect your investment by following a few basic maintenance tips and that crankset will serve you well for years to come.

Check your crank arms periodically for cracks and play. You don't want a crank arm to snap as you're barreling down the road through heavy traffic. If there is side to side play, you may need to tighten the crank arm bolt. If tightening the bolt doesn't work, you might need to take it to the shop and have the bottom bracket looked at.

Keeping a clean chain is the best way to prolong the life of your compact crankset, but you also need to clean the crank teeth. Over time, dirt and grime can wear down the teeth. Park Tools has a great brush set that lets you really get the grime out from between the crank teeth. A toothbrush will also work well. After most rides, a quick cleaning with a dry brush will do the trick, but you might want to use a solvent once in a while to get it really clean.

Follow these easy tips and your new compact crankset will be rolling smooth for many miles into the future.