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Old 09-14-10, 08:56 AM   #1
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is it safe to ride new bike without grease a few miles?

I want to ride my bike a few miles today and didn't have time to go to LBS and gease it.
it came without it from bikesdirect.

is there a risk in doing it? it's only a few miles.

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Old 09-14-10, 09:01 AM   #2
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You'll most likely explode.

I wouldn't do it, but I don't think anything catastrophic will occur. A crucial thing is whether or not you properly tightened your cog/lockring though.
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If you just got it from bikes direct, make sure that everything is adjusted properly before riding. Check: headset/stem, crank/bb, pedals, hubs, chain tension, seat clamp, seatpost clam, and for the love of all things holy, cog and lockring.
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thank you guys.
how do I know if the tension is ok? also, should i oil the chain (DW40)?
how to check the cog and lockring (and what is a lockring)?
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1)don't use WD40, get real chain lube.
2) if you don't know these things then take your bike to a shop and have them assemble it for you, it will save you money in the long run
3) start doing some research so you know how to maintain your bike
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Don't ride it - let someone competent go over everything..............
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Whoa there buddy ^
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thank you guys.
how do I know if the tension is ok? also, should i oil the chain (DW40)?
how to check the cog and lockring (and what is a lockring)?
No, do NOT use WD40 on your chain. It is a solvent, not a lubricant. Based on your extreme lack of knowledge, do NOT ride your bike any more, until you take it to your lbs for a complete adjustment and tightening. Have them explain everything to you and get the proper tools so that you can maintain your bike yourself.
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Better play it safe and just stay inside for a couple days.
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No, do NOT use WD40 on your chain. It is a solvent, not a lubricant.
Why did everyone make fun of me when I said this months ago?
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thank you guys.
how do I know if the tension is ok? also, should i oil the chain (DW40)?
how to check the cog and lockring (and what is a lockring)?
The cog and lockring don't come tightened, if you run it that way, you will ruin your hub.




Lockring holds ^^^^ on.

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Why did everyone make fun of me when I said this months ago?
I don't believe this ever happened.

WD40 being the opposite of lubricant is pretty basic, basic knowledge...
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No, do NOT use WD40 on your chain. It is a solvent, not a lubricant.
It is both. This is a common misunderstanding. Its not the best chain lube, but it will work on a pinch, and its not going to hurt your chain or anything else if you spray it on your bike.

http://www.wd40.com/faqs/

"What does WD-40 do?
WD-40 fulfills five basic functions:
1. CLEANS: WD-40 gets under dirt, grime and grease to clean. It also dissolves adhesives, allowing easy removal of labels, tape and excess bonding material.
2. DISPLACES MOISTURE: Because WD-40 displaces moisture, it quickly dries out electrical systems to eliminate moisture-induced short circuits.
3. PENETRATES: WD-40 loosens rust-to-metal bonds and frees stuck, frozen or rusted metal parts.
4. LUBRICATES: WD-40's lubricating ingredients are widely dispersed and tenaciously held to all moving parts.
5. PROTECTS: WD-40 protects metal surfaces with corrosion-resistant ingredients to shield against moisture and other corrosive elements."
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thank you guys.
how do I know if the tension is ok? also, should i oil the chain (DW40)?
If this is a new chain, the factory lube will be fine until it's time to clean the chain. After cleaning you'll need to apply chain lube.

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Chain whip (or stand on the pedals) to tighten the cog; lockring pliers or hooked spanner to ensure the lockring is tight. Don't skip this -- riding with a loose lockring can ruin your hub.
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Not true, dude. Stop trying to kill people.
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BD bikes ? Don't they use sealed bearing cartridges for the most part ? Google/research the bottom bracket and hubs that came with your bike. Even if they aren't sealed bearing systems, even the Vilano I bought was greased, although it needed to be properly adjusted. If the assembler failed to grease it, that would be the only instance where I could see an issue with a new bike ? That or the manufacturer didn't grease the sealed system before assembling that ?
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BTW, WD-40, I don't like that stuff for constantly moving parts. It's great to lubricate the internal tumblers of locks for a door or bike lock that doesn't really generate the same friction a chain would. But for chain-like friction, I prefer a heavier viscosity oil lubricant. Oil displaces water for the most part when it's sprayed under pressure. Wal-Mart carries Rem-Oil or even CRC Teflon lubricants for about what WD-40 goes for.
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I need to grease my chain, it just slips my mind. its not bad, just due for reapplication
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It is both. This is a common misunderstanding. Its not the best chain lube, but it will work on a pinch, and its not going to hurt your chain or anything else if you spray it on your bike.

http://www.wd40.com/faqs/

"What does WD-40 do?
WD-40 fulfills five basic functions:
1. CLEANS: WD-40 gets under dirt, grime and grease to clean. It also dissolves adhesives, allowing easy removal of labels, tape and excess bonding material.
2. DISPLACES MOISTURE: Because WD-40 displaces moisture, it quickly dries out electrical systems to eliminate moisture-induced short circuits.
3. PENETRATES: WD-40 loosens rust-to-metal bonds and frees stuck, frozen or rusted metal parts.
4. LUBRICATES: WD-40's lubricating ingredients are widely dispersed and tenaciously held to all moving parts.
5. PROTECTS: WD-40 protects metal surfaces with corrosion-resistant ingredients to shield against moisture and other corrosive elements."
Ok, we're getting closer, but you're still wrong.

WD-40 acts as a lubricant, but only a light lubricant. It is not appropriate for bike chains, bearings or other high-load or constantly moving parts.
Why? Not only is it not a great lubricant, but it will wash away any "good" lubricants like your grease. In other words, things will feel good for a little while but will quickly get worse as the WD-40 evaporates, leaving you with an unlubricated system. If you want your parts to last a long time do not spray them with WD-40 and call it good.

What is WD-40 good for on bikes? Cleaning.
Feel free to wipe down your frame with a WD-40 soaked rag. It will sparkle. If you're overhauling your bearings anyway, you can clean out surfaces with WD-40, just so long as you regrease them afterward. Use it to clean gunk out of derailleurs (not that that's an issue here). It's good for reviving old, nasty chains—drop the chain in soda bottle, fill with some WD-40, shake and let soak. Just remember to relubricate afterward with a real lubricant.

Like someone else mentioned, it's also great for bringing stuck locks back to life.
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Ok, we're getting closer, but you're still wrong.
I'm not wrong and I'm not "still wrong" since you were responding to my first post. All I did was post info from WD40's FAQ. Also, everything you just debated is either consistent with what the FAQ says or your opinion. Think before you attempt to school someone.
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Stop talking about WD-40. Grease is the word.

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