Bike Chain © Chris Becker
This will increase the rate of chain wear, reduce the flexibility of chain links, and will impair your shift performance. The derailleur assemblies and drivetrain cogs will also get severely distressed.
Here, you will find the easiest way to clean your bike chains and keep them in their optimum condition with the help of some easy lubrication and cleaning tools.
THE RIGHT TIME TO CLEAN AND LUBE
If you’re someone who enjoys a ride on a regular basis, you should examine the entire chain by gazing from the side of your bike and lifting the rear wheel. Slowly rotate the closet pedal, and inspect chain links for dirt and rust.
If you’re someone who rides few times every month, the cleaning procedure becomes a little different than the regular bikes.
TWO KEY PROPERTIES OF A GOOD LUBRICANT
CAUTION TIPS WHEN CLEANING
These are the links that can no longer bend smoothly, and you have to carefully examine each link by rotating the chain backwards. Always, look for such links and clean them extensively to avoid their further deterioration.
When a chain wears, they become longer and can stretch outside of the normal levels. This creates a free play that can cause skipping in certain cases, and lead to further wear and tear. You should always search for such elongated parts of the chain, by using a wear-indicator tool.
Also take a look at our basic bike cycling list.