HOW TO LUBE YOUR BIKE

HOW TO LUBE YOUR BIKE


In perfect conditions, a bike can easily go a complete season without a lube job. Unfortunately, real-world conditions are more dusty, muddy and wet than perfect, making it necessary to lube crucial pivots to guard against corrosion and dirt contamination. The rub, however, is that improper application of lubricants will turn the bike into a gooey, sticky, oily dirt magnet that attracts even more dirt and causes expensive moving parts to wear out prematurely.
JIFFY LUBE
Follow our lube guide to increase the longevity and maintain the performance of your bicycle. This chart assumes normal riding conditions with occasional stream crossings and minimal wet washings. (In dry conditions, the bike can be cleaned with bike polish and a rag. Inclement conditions and frequent water washings will shorten the duration between services. The use of a pressure washer should be avoided at all costs.)
LUBE BY THE NUMBERS

1) SQUEEZE WET LUBE BEFORE EACH RIDE
a: Drop lube across one chain pin at a time. Rotate the chain for one minute and wipe dry.
b: Place a drop of oil at each pedal’s latch pivots. Coat the pedal body and latching mechanism with Pam.
2) OPTIONAL SQUEEZE DRY LUBE AFTER EACH RIDE
If a squeak develops in the rear suspension or bottom bracket, lubricate the offending area with a dry lube. When lubing the bottom bracket, lube both the seal and around the cup. It’s a good idea to pack a small bottle of dry lube in your hydration pack for use as required.
3) ANTI-FRICTION GREASE EVERY MONTH
Lift fork dust covers and clean beneath. Oil the foam dust ring and reposition the dust cover.
4) APPLY TEFLON DRY LUBE EVERY THREE MONTHS
Lubricate the hub seals, freewheel seals, QR handles, derailleur pivots, brake caliper pivots, brake lever pivots, shifter and brake cable ends and the shift lever pivots. Frugal application is best, and don?t splatter the brake pads.
5) GREASE INJECTOR PORTS EVERY THREE MONTHS
Use an injector to squeeze grease into applicable hub and linkage lube ports.
6) SPRAY TEFLON DRY
LUBE EVERY THREE MONTHS
Unhook the brake and shifter cables from the guides and twist off the housing ends. Use a clamp-on cable luber, squirting lube until it comes out the other end of the section of housing.
7) WATERPROOF GREASE EVERY SIX MONTHS
a: Lube the steering head bearings.
b: Re-grease bottom bracket bearings. Shimano’s tapered cartridge bottom bracket assemblies can?t be serviced and need to be replaced once a year. Many of the aftermarket tapered assemblies can be greased after the seal is pried away from the side of the outer bearing race. Pack and reposition the seal. Grease the cup threads.
c: Remove and lightly grease the seatpost. Do this so the post won?t corrode and weld itself solid inside the seat tube.
d: Disassemble, clean and lube the swingarm, linkage and shock pivot’s bearings and seals. Use the manufacturer-recommended grease that is compatible with the pivot bearing’s self-lubricating qualities.
e: Lubricate the quick-release skewer spindle.
f: Unscrew the cartridge pedal spindle. Lightly pack grease down inside the pedal body. Rethread the cartridge to force-feed grease through the bearing assembly.

 

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