I spent a good hour this evening scrubbing this Shimano SIS rear derailleur down. Have you ever seen such a shiny derailleur before (i mean, other than new ones….)? Nope. Me neither. This baby is sparkling. I wish I would have taken a before photo. It was a big, dirrrrty ball of grease.
OK, now all you biking nerds out there are thinking, “Reuben, this is a model RD-TY20 – one of the cheapest Shimano derailleurs ever built. Even the cheapest modern derailleurs are WAY better than this old relic. Why would you bother cleaning the thing? Why didn’t you just replace it?”
Well, partly because I kind of like cleaning derailleurs, and partly because I don’t agree that modern ones are necessarily better (the design of new derailleurs is clearly better, but the materials are cheaper…). But mostly because I promised this kid from church that I’d build him a bike. I’m donating my time and labor, but charging for parts. I could have just replaced it and passed the cost of a new derailleur on, but I think this one will do the trick for several more years. A little bit of elbow grease saved the kid $20.
Of course, it IS the same kid that told me on a weekly basis that he didn’t like my beard, so maybe I should have just passed the $20 on and called it even….