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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Given the operating conditions chains need more frequent lubrication than other bike parts.
The hub, BB, H/S, and pedal bearings are enclosed and run in grease and can take care of themselves for a year o more, or something like 5,000 miles. The small pivots like brake and derailleur have almost zero need of lube, and can go a long time, and be attended if/when they get sticky. The cables are also enclosed, and also can go a long time.
OTOH, the chain is a bunch of undersized bearings exposed to the weather. The best factory lubes rarely last much more than 1,000 miles, and after market lubes go down from there.
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