Road Cycling

How To Oil A Bike Chain

Everything a cyclist needs to know about oil and keeping their chain well-lubed (fnerr)

Bike shop staff can be a bit righteous – which is why you zoned out midway through the salesperson’s lecture about the importance of oiling your chain in the correct manner.

Fast-forward two weeks and you’re sitting in your garage with your bike, a tub of oil, a cloth and absolutely no idea what to do next.

  • The type of lube you require will depend on the weather conditions and type of terrain you are cycling through
  • Using a lubricant that is too wet will attract dust and sand to your bike chain and make it wear out more quickly
  • Don’t get any lube on your disc brakes otherwise you won’t be able to stop when you need to…
  • You should oil your chain before every ride, but it’s most important when it is wet or muddy out
  • If you are out on the road, a good short term fix is to use some water to lubricate your chain

If you’re still scratching your head, scratch no longer, because everything you need to know about how to oil a bike chain is revealed in these video guides.

First, Nick of No Limit Cycles explains how to choose the best lube for your bike.

How do you choose the right Bike Chain Lube? By IKO Business

Next, Amy Shreve of Specialized Bicycles talks you through how to oil a bike chain correctly.

Specialized How-to: Lubricate a Chain by Specialized Bicycles

Finally, one for mountain bikers, as Chris of MTB Tips reveals how to lube your chain while on the move.

How to Lube your Chain on the Move by MTB Tips


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