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
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.
You basically need two types of lube: a thin oil and a heavy grease.
The oil is used for the chain and to lubricate cables in housing.
Grease is for bearings (headset, bottom bracket, hubs, rear derailleur pulleys), screw/bolt threads, and most other metal on metal contact where the parts could corrode (like the seatpost in the frame).
If you have a carbon fiber seatpost, you'll want a third substance: carbon assembly paste.
Originally Posted by slopvehicle
Not wearing a helmet makes me more aware of my surroundings. I find myself anticipating the hardness of concrete 50 or 100 feet in front of me, it's almost a zen-like connection between my face and the pavement.