I often get asked about my chain and how I keep my bicycle chain so clean and quiet.
First and foremost, when doing any chain maintenance, I always start with a clean chain – I don’t add a coat of fresh lube over old gunk. I give it a good scrub with a brush and degreaser, then rinse. If I am feeling particularly lazy, I use my Pedros Chain Pig devise to do the hard work. Then I rinse off the degreaser with water and dry it all off with an old rag. The chain is now clean, dry and free of gunk and lube.
It is important that you use the appropriate lube for your riding conditions: dry lube for arid and dusty, wet for rainy and muddy. I am a big fan of Shimano PTFE lube which keeps my chain running smoothly.
Here is a little secret for applying the lube: Touch the tip of the bottle to the inside of the chain just infront of the lower jockey wheel on your rear derailleur – this helps drive the lube into the chain. Then lightly squeeze the bottle while turning the cranks backwards five times. Then remove the bottle and rotate the cranks a further five times to allow the lube to penetrate the links even further. I then leave my bike for about an hour, before coming back with a clean rag. I wrap this around my chain and turn my cranks backwards again a few times to remove any excess.
And there we have it, a perfectly lubed and ready to ride chain.Follow @fitandfortyman