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 usually needs the most frequent lubrication. Other things that need some user attention are all the small pivots on things like levers, brakes and derailleurs. Lastly, most of the ball bearings need to be re-greased on some sort of a schedule.
The overall schedule varies depending on riding conditions, with rain being something that shortens the service life. I oil my chain every 1,000 miles, do the pivots 2x/year, and grease the major ball bearings after winter, or at about 5,-8,000 miles. That's based on mixed all weather riding, including NYC winters with snow and slush (salt water) which is why I wait until spring for the major service.
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