How to learn cycling for beginners – Bike chain maintenance

How to learn cycling for beginners - Bike chain maintenance

Bicycle maintenance guide is how to learn cycling for beginners such as bicycle chain maintenance. There are different ways to lubricate the bicycle chain, below is one of the easiest and most effective ways.  The dirt that accumulates on the outer surfaces of your chain usually consists of sand, clay, and dust lifted by the front wheel. All this is mixed with grease, which remains from the previous lubrication of the chain. If solvents are used to remove this lubricant from the outside, it will also go away from the inner working surface of the chain. Only the elements of the inner surface of the chain move relative to each other. Knowing this, we understand that we do not need to lubricate external surfaces – here the lubricant will only collect dirt and dust on itself.

Bike chain types

Buy a bottle (not just an aerosol) of normal lubricant for the Finish Line type chain, Pedro’s or White lightning (but not WD85 or GT40, or “two in one” – all this is better than nothing but ineffective). In general, ask at your bike shop.

For the method described here, you only need a chain lubricant and a cloth. Holding the bike with your left hand, you just need to wipe the chain. Use the freewheel mechanism, grabbing the lower line of the chain with a cloth and rubbing it back, then drag the chain forward with your hand, freeing a new section for wiping. Sometimes rotate the cloth in different directions to reach all sections of the chain.

Lubricate bike chain

Now you need to lubricate the chain. With one hand, slowly pedal backward, dripping oil onto the bottom line of the chain. After you drop oil into each of the chain links, pedal back several times to get the oil to all parts of the chain. Now you need to wipe the circuit again, as described above. 

The last things you do are rubbing, and remember that you practically do not need lubrication on the outside of the chain (except for a very thin layer that prevents corrosion). When you see that there is no trace of dirt left on the rag, the deed is almost done. Now you will need to ride a bike a few kilometers and again wipe the chain.

Chain cleaner tool

The more often you do this, the cleaner your chain will be. And the cleaner it is, the less time you’ll spend on each subsequent wipe. In this case, the best strategy would be “little by little, but often.” When driving on a dry road once a week will be more than enough.

Transmission mechanism

If you drive a lot in the rain, then wipe the chain better often. The less dirt you have on the chain, the less it gets onto other parts of the transmission mechanism. The combination of grease and solid particles of dirt has a strong wear effect on the entire system.  If you try to remove dirt with solvents, they also remove grease from the inside of the chain. Then you will have to remove the solvent since it does not make sense to put lubricant on the chain with residual solvent – it will be immediately destroyed. And after using any means to remove the solvent, you will have to remove the tool itself. Immediately there are safety issues, as the solvent can get into the skin and into the environment.

Rubbing test

So, your scheme: rubbing – grease – rubbing – rubbing – rubbing. Pass several kilometers and wipe the chain again. When you get used to the new mode of operation of the chain, each time the rubbing will take less and less time.

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