- Yearly maintenance on your bike and chain begins with a thorough cleaning and oiling of the bike and chain.
- Utilize a moist lubrication and thoroughly clean your bike’s chain after every ride to help extend the life of the lube.
- Every 100-200 miles, clean the chain and reapply lubrication to keep it running smoothly. (DISCLAIMER: This is only a general rule of thumb. If you believe that the lubrication you are using will last 300-500 miles before needing to be replaced,
- After every ride, or every few bike rides, if you are riding long distances in muddy or rainy conditions, wipe the chain off and re-apply oil to prevent corrosion.
- The third, and perhaps most crucial, rule of thumb is to read and follow the directions on the label of your lubricant container.
It is recommended by Bicycle Tutor that you clean and lubricate your bike’s drive chain at least once a month in order to maintain maximum performance and protection. In most cases, the chain and transmission are the dirtiest portions of your bike, and this dirt is detrimental to the bike’s overall durability and performance.
Can you use motorcycle oil on a bike chain?
Oils used in automobiles are excessively thick and do not permeate the chain completely. The ideal choice is a mineral-based lubricating oil that has been particularly formulated for bicycle components. For best results, wipe down the entire length of your bike chain with a clean cloth to remove any dust, dirt, or debris before lubricating it.
How to take care of your bike drive chain?
Take the initiative. If you are riding in difficult conditions, such as mountain biking across muddy terrain or cycling in the rain or other damp situations, lubricate your bike drive chain immediately after usage. Also, if you find that your bicycle’s drive chain is getting dry, loud, or if the chain links are clumped together in any manner, clean and lube it immediately.