Cleaning and lubricating the bike chain
Cleaning and relubricating your bike chain is an important part of maintaining your entire bike. Not only does a dirty and poorly lubricated chain cause inconvenience when riding (squeaks and difficult pedaling), but it also has a detrimental effect on the associated elements of the bike. A dirty chain contributes to the rapid wear of the chain itself, as well as the rear sprockets of the cassette and chainrings of the system, which in turn leads to frequent and unreasonable expenses for the purchase of new parts.
How often should the chain be lubricated and cleaned
This is a very popular question, especially among beginner cyclists, to which there is no single answer, since it all depends on the riding style. But it is important to keep in mind that ideally the chain should always be clean and lubricated. Therefore, if dirt appears on your chain or you notice extraneous noise in the chain, then it is necessary to carry out its maintenance. lubrication and cleaning. It is worth noting that it is impossible to ideally serve the chain, but it is worth carrying out this procedure as high quality as possible.
How and how to clean your bike chain
To clean the bicycle chain, it is best to use a special machine, since in this case we will not need to remove the chain from the bicycle, which will extend its life (if the chain is without a lock). We will talk about a special machine for cleaning bicycle chains in a separate article.
So, if we do not have a car, then it will be necessary to remove the chain. After the chain is removed, it is necessary to thoroughly rinse it in a specially prepared bath with detergent. You can use a brush or an old toothbrush to remove dirt and old grease from hard-to-reach areas. Many cyclists use a plastic bottle to wash their chains. We push the chain into a bottle of detergent, close and shake it until the chain is washed.
What is the best chain lubricant
- Aerosol lubricants. poorly suited for lubricating the chain, since they must be used very carefully, avoiding contact with other parts of the bike, which ultimately complicates the whole process.
- Grease. This makes chain lubrication even more difficult than aerosol greases. This is understandable, because it is necessary to lubricate the chain inside the rollers, and thick grease will not allow this, so this lubrication option should be swept away first.
- Liquid lubricants. most often sold in tubes, sometimes even immediately in oil cans. This lubricant is best suited for the chain, as it can get into the most difficult to reach areas of the chain rollers.
- Two-component greases. Consists of grease and solvent. Why is this necessary? The answer is simple. for quality chain lubrication, you need to lubricate the roller inside so that the lubricant stays there for a long time. It is the two-component lubricant that allows the grease to be delivered to the inside of the roller. Such a grease is a diluted grease to a liquid state in solvents, which allows it to penetrate deep into the roller, then the solvent itself dries up, and the grease inside the roller thickens and remains there for a long time.
Proper lubrication of the bike chain
The chain is cleaned, the lubricant is selected and now you need to move on to the actual process of lubricating the bicycle chain. This process is long and requires patience, because it is necessary to lubricate each video separately. You need to apply a little grease to each roller (one drop is enough). After all the rollers have received their portion of the lubricant, it is necessary to rotate the pedals so that the lubricant disperses. After all this procedure, you need to wipe dry the entire chain and stars of the bike. Ideally, we should have a chain lubricated on the inside, but dry on the outside. The chain is completely ready for work.
Proper lubrication of the bike chain