I take my bike to Budget in Eagle Rock for regular maintenance and care. Since I bought it (and my first bike) there, they are very nice about doing regular mini-maintenance for free (and they do a great job!). But in between, I'm always confused about proper care on the bike. Since I'm riding excessive miles this weekend, should I put a few drops of the lube I bought (from them - and, no, I can't think of the name of the brand at present) in the crank? Mind you, I don't know how to clean the chain and crank and don't want to even attempt to remove them. I just want to know if it would hurt or help if I added a couple of drops before this weekend's rides. (Just so you know, I had the bike maintenanced roughly 3 weeks ago, so it shouldn't be needing much.)
Since I've gotten conflicting advise from all sorts of "I-do-my-own-bike-maintenance" type guys, and it has always conflicted, I thought I'd ask here.