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    Greaseing Chain

    Hi, I was woundering, on my road bike, how often should I grease my chain. Thanks in advance.

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    Don't GREASE it, for heaven's sake! Use a proper chain lube!

    I lube my chain about every other ride, and before EVERY ride when I'm doing a lot of mileage. Not a lot of lube, mind you, but enough. But I'm particularly anal-retentive about my chains.

    How do you know when you should lube your chain? When you can hear it chattering in the cogs.
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    Sorry I wasn't sure what the correct lingo was, but thanks anyways thats what I was looking for.

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    It depends on the conditions. In wet weather, lube after every long ride, or several short hops.
    In dry dusty weather, avoid over-lubing, which can attract grit.
    I reckon on relubing every 50-100miles.

    Running a chain without lube will wear it down very quickly.
    You can use oil, dry lube or wax. In an emergency, you can use just about anything. I have scavenged engine oil from discarded cans on tour.

    It is important to lube inside the joints of the chain. Lube on the outer surfaces can protect against rust.

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