Chain Lubrication

Moving on from last month’s blog, I will now cover how to look after your chain and sprockets now that they have been replaced.

However, if you have a shaft or belt drive bike, you can clearly ignore this advice and get back out there and enjoy the sunshine!

There are loads of different chain lubes on the market, all of which promise no splatter (excess lube splash), a longer period between applications and better chain wear life. I have tried lots of chain lubes during my riding career but I keep on returning to the one I trust; the Wurth HP Dry Chain Lube.

When to apply chain lube

The golden rule is, don’t waste your time and money applying chain lube to a cold chain. If you do, the lube will just lay on the surface of the chain without running into the links, rollers and “O” rings. The first time you ride, it will just fling itself all over your nice clean rear wheel and seriously irritate you.

Instead, you need to apply the lubrication to a warm/hot chain after a long ride out. During the dry summer months you can get away with lubricating the chain once a week. However, during the cold and wet winter months you need to do it every other day. The rule of thumb is, if you can see a shinny chrome effect on the centre of the link whilst looking at the chain from the back of the bike, then it needs lubricating straight away.

How to apply chain lube

  • Place the bike on the centre stand or if you don’t have one, stick it onto a paddock stand.
  • Spin the rear wheel by hand and then spray the chosen chain lube horizontally from left to right. Spin the rear wheel so that the chain has at least three revolutions of coverage.

A word of warning at this point! What ever you do, don’t try and speed up the process by leaving the engine running, putting the bike in first gear and letting the rear wheel spin up. I tried this once, caught my sweat shirt sleeve in the chain and thankfully only lost a chunk of material from my sweat shirt.

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