TeamCBC Cycling Tip – How to Lube Your Bike

Your bike is a human-powered machine with many moving parts. Those parts need to be lubricated to keep running efficiently. Although some items such as greasing your bearings may be better left to professional mechanics, several items can and should be done by you. Here are ten key tasks that you should complete regularly:
1. Chain – Most riders know to lubricate their bike chain, but are you doing it correctly? Before adding lube, you need to clean your chain. Park Tool sells bike chain cleaner, but you can also spray some WD-40 (WD-40 is a solvent, not a lubricant) on a clean cloth and wipe your chain. Once it’s clean and dry, then add the lubricant. Finally, wipe off any excess lube. Too much lube will pick up dirt.
2. Rear derailleur pulleys – These two pulleys spin with every turn. Apply lubricant to each of them.
3. Rear derailleur pivot – They need to be lubricated to ensure the gears shift smoothly. Apply lubricant to the four pivot points on the front and the four on the back.
4. Shifting cable – Shift your gear into the largest cog. Then, without pedaling, shift to the highest gear. This should give you enough slack to disconnect and lubricate.
5. Front derailleur – Lubricate each pivot point on the derailleur. Also, add some lubricant to the shifting cable. Wipe off any excess.
6. Caliper brakes cables – Disconnect your rear brake cable and lubricate. Repeat on the front brake as well.
7. Disc Brakes – These are sealed hydraulic systems and don’t need lubrication. Avoid getting any lubricant on your brake pads.
8. Brake lever cables – Before reconnecting your brakes, be sure to lubricate the brake cable at each of the brake levers.
9. Shifter cables – Shift into the big ring. Then hold the front derailleur and shift into the highest gear without pedaling. This should give you enough slack to disconnect your cables at the levers and lubricate.
10. Shifters – Remove the hood. Spray with WD-40. Wipe off any excess. Apply lightweight aerosol lube. Put a little dab of grease on any moving parts you see. Reinstall hood.
This may seem like a lot, but they’re all important to keeping your bike running smoothly. Here are a couple of videos that demonstrate how to complete these tasks:
Stay safe!
Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC
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