Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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The chain is what needs the most routine maintenance since it suns exposed to the weather. How often, depends on what you use and can be as short as before or after every ride, or as infrequent as once in 1,000 miles. It also depends on whether you're strictly a fair weather rider, or ride rain or shine.
There are also a bunch of places that need a drop of oil every few months, again depending on the amount and kind of use the bike gets.
Lastly are the 6 bearings that need to be greased about once every 3-5,000 miles.
I can't help you with product choices, or more specific advice. I suggest you ask the shop that sold you the bike for their advice, then also get advice from your local riding community.
There's no one answer, product or time table. But you'll come up with your own preferences over the next year or so.
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