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Topic: How often do you clean and lube your chain and gears?

Posted on: 11th Apr 2016 10:01 AM    Quote and Reply

How often do you guys clean and lube your bike chain and gears? Got advice from a mechanic to lube at least once a week. Lets say If I only ride once or twice a week is that okay?
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Posted on: 11th Apr 2016 10:18 AM    Quote and Reply


Depending on couple of factors:
- If rode in rain, wash and lube bike at the end of ride
- If rode in dry condition, lube once or twice a month (sooner if chain show signs of rust!)

I ride on weekends only on PCNs, so here's your benchmark

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Posted on: 11th Apr 2016 4:50 PM    Quote and Reply


Usually after each ride (if I remember), I would stop for a couple of minutes at the washing point near my place, which has a water hose. I liberally spray water on the parts which tend to pick up a lot of sand/dirt (e.g. underside of down tube, bottom bracket, and chain stays) whilst wiping with my hands, then I basically just let the bike drip-dry.


You might consider this practice as 'abusing' the bikeBut I've had no issues.


About once every 2 months I dismantle the quick-link on my chain, and submerge chain in diesel followed by engine oil for several hours. Then I wipe dry and install it back. Seems to work fine. No abnormal chain wear or corrosion.


I clock about 80-100km per week, mixture of PCN and road. Ridden about 3000-5000km on each of my bikes (1 x alu, 1 x carbon) without having to replace any of the drivetrain components.

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Posted on: 11th Apr 2016 4:54 PM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"Formerly posted by kevin301:

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About once every 2 months I dismantle the quick-link on my chain, and submerge chain in diesel followed by engine oil for several hours. Then I wipe dry and install it back. Seems to work fine. No abnormal chain wear or corrosion.


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Diesel is one heck of a degreaser, but ain't engine oil a little too thick for bike chain lubrication?

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Posted on: 11th Apr 2016 5:25 PM    Quote and Reply


Diesel works great but it absolutely stinks and the additives are pretty toxic. You also have the issue of disposal, deep shit (quite rightly so BTW) if you get caught tipping it down the drain.

engine oil will work well but your drive train will gunk up and go black and shitty in no time. It is designed to be run in an enclosed and reasonably clean environment (crank and rocke boxes) it attracts shit by design  and then gets run through a filter in the engine - not get exposed to the environment like a bike drive train

I wipe my drive train down with 95% isopropyl alcohol after each ride and lube the Drive train every 200km or so road bike, every ride MTB. I use rock and roll gold which cleans as well lubes. It needs stripping and cleaning only when I re-grease the BB once a year


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Posted on: 11th Apr 2016 5:42 PM    Quote and Reply


If your not doing your chain cleaning like this you are not doing it properly BTW

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html

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Posted on: 12th Apr 2016 9:26 AM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"Formerly posted by Zappadeedoohdah: If your not doing your chain cleaning like this you are not doing it properly BTW

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html";


Will probably take ages if want to clean so thoroughly. LOL

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Posted on: 12th Apr 2016 9:32 AM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"Formerly posted by Zappadeedoohdah: If your not doing your chain cleaning like this you are not doing it properly BTW

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html";

LOL bro, if you scroll all the way down, there's a disclaimer that the page is a joke :D
The real link is this http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

Basically, same stuff as most chain maintenance routine

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Posted on: 12th Apr 2016 10:25 AM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"Formerly posted by SgtJoe86:
Quote:
"Formerly posted by Zappadeedoohdah: If your not doing your chain cleaning like this you are not doing it properly BTW

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html";

LOL bro, if you scroll all the way down, there's a disclaimer that the page is a joke :D
The real link is this http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

Basically, same stuff as most chain maintenance routine ;)"


LOL - I was wondering if anyone was going to take that seriously, replace all the outer plates and pins with 57 SRAM powerlinks at a cost of US$100 - hilarious.

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Posted on: 12th Apr 2016 10:53 AM    Quote and Reply


Btw got 2 time of lubricant. Wet and Dry. Which is more recommended?

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Posted on: 12th Apr 2016 11:11 AM    Quote and Reply


Was recommended to use wax lube. Wet is good if you don't intend to lube frequently or riding in the rain but I can't stand the grime, dry lube apparently is suitable for our climate. 

My 2 cents 

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