Chain Maintenance

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October 12, 2011 on 6:00 am | In From the shop, Tech Tips | 1 Comment

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  1. My approach to clean/lube my chain is quick and simple:

    1. Wipe the chain by pinching the chain with a rag and back pedaling to clean as much grease off the chain as possible (or until I get impatient to start riding…).

    2. Apply 2-3 drops of lube while spinning the pedals. The theory is that this amount of lube will naturally spread out over time and coat the chain. I currently use TriFlow but maybe I’ll give Dumande a try when I run out.

    That’s it. I do this before ~80% of rides and have had good luck. It takes 1-2 minutes each time…I don’t ever degrease my chain and it runs pretty smooth/quiet. In my mind this quick-frequent maintenance is easier than “major” maintenance every once in a while.

    My bike mechanic skills are pretty simple…not sure if anyone else has tried this!

    Comment by Craig P. — September 4, 2012 #

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