Oiling Your Bike Chain

Is this a tell all about all the products including wax for lubing your chain and related moving parts like your rear derailleur? No, it is most definitely not.

I did go and actually lube my bike chain (no idea if the following picture was before or after the chain being lubed)

RadRover5 Primary Components to Oil

The important part about oiling your chain is immediately testing it by setting out on the longest ride you feel comfortable with. I took my bike across I90 and over to Grand Central Bakery on Eastlake and then back.

It got hotter and hotter as the trip went along 🙂

What a gorgeous day!

Another view of the freshly oiled chain

How to Check for Chain Wear

Off to the shop this weekend to check my bike chain for wear.  It seems slightly odd that given my mechanical aptitude and background with so many things, that I haven’t actually learned much about bike maintenance beyond the obvious.

Karma from this summer delivered a short review of BicycleTutor.com which had this video and information on “How to Check for Chain Wear“.  Give them a look and buy them a cup of coffee if you use the video and it makes a difference.  As soon as I finish, I will.