17. How to Clean and Lubricate a Chain
Frequent chain cleaning and lubrication will help keep dirt off your chain and prevent wear.
Regular cleaning and lubrication of your chain will help prevent your drivetrain from wearing out. You should clean and lubricate the chain when it is dirty, dry or begins to sound noisy. If you ride every day, you should clean and lube the chain at least once a month.
I don't recommend using either motor oil or 3in1 oil to lubricate the chain. Motor oil is too heavy and won't fully penetrate the rollers, and 3in1 oil is vegetable based and will gum up the chain. I also don't recommend using wax lubricants because while they don't collect as much dirt, they are a lot of hassle to apply correctly, and wax is simply not as good a lubricant as oil. I do recommend mineral based chain oils like Finish Line Cross Country or Phil Wood Tenacious Oil because they do the best job of fighting corrosion and don't wash away when they get wet.
For cleaning, first shift the chain into the smallest sprocket on the rear. For average dust and dirt, wipe the chain clean with a solvent soaked rag. The easiest way to do this is to hold the chain still at the rear derailleur cage while firmly wiping the lower run of the chain. Then move the chain backward and wipe again until you've wiped the entire length of chain. Wipe between the rear sprockets using either a rag or a sprocket cleaning tool. Then clean all of the front chainrings on both sides.
Shift your gears into the middle sprocket both front and rear. Remember that oil does a good job of spreading itself, so try not to over-apply the lubricant. Lubricate the inner circumference of the chain, on the side that faces the sprockets along the top of the lower run of the chain. Run the chain backwards while dropping oil down both sides of the rollers.
Shift through all of the gears to spread the lubricant evenly through the drivetrain. Then use a rag to wipe off any excess oil.
Have Dahon folding bike with missing chainring guard.
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First of all I have been trying to research this bike and have come up empty.
What I do know, it has a belt vs chain and it looks a little dry.
I don't even know where to begin to find a replacement for it because I can't find it anywhere on the internet.
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I am a casual rider, and really want some type of chainguard on here so that I can ride in jeans without need for a leg wrap to keep my pants leg out of the chainrings.
I do not know what the difference is between a "bash guard" and a "chainring guard / "chain guard".
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Well, hello everyone this is my first post.
I have been trying to renovate an old road bike a British hercules. The thing is that the bike has old components and I have trouble finding other ones. I want to keep the front chainring 48t but remove the internal hub that my gramp was using. Instead i decided to buy a nice wheel with a 9 cassette and the suitable deraileur. Well my main problem is...Will this fit with the 48t chainring? Is the deraileur going to be ok with the claw type hanger (the bike has no built-in hanger)? In copenhagen where I live we have no steep hills, every... Read more >>
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So I have been having troubles with my bike for some days now, It got really bad at one point but I've been able to fix it a bit. With very bad in the form of the chain falling from the front gears.
I have fixed that, however, the chain cannot get to the biggest gear of the front. I'm not really sure why.
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Anyhow on removing the cassette/freewheel ball bearings went everywhere and it seemed to be much more complicated than first thought.
Below are a couple of pics of how everything now is.
What do I need to get this thing going again?
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BB-CT91E, 68mm / 118mm spindle length bottom bracket
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