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Old 10-11-12, 08:27 AM
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lubricating jamis coda allegro

Hey I've got a Jamis Allegro Comp that I ride about 3 mi a day to/from college. What sort of lubrication/oil should I use/how often should I use it, to keep it working well?
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First, consider your chain. It's constantly in motion when you're peddling and, it's not only exposed to the weather but the front tire pumps dirty water onto it whenever you ride in the rain. It's going to need periodic lubrication. Honestly, I wait until it starts to make noise. Then I clean it off with a rag and a little mineral spirits or something and drip the smallest amount I can manage of any commercial bicycle chain lube onto each individual link. Wait at least 30 minutes for the lube to seep into the rollers and then try to wipe all the new lube off with a dry rag (you won't be able to). A new chain will have 2 rivets that are exactly 12" apart. Get yourself a good ruler to measure that (I don't trust chain checkers). When the chain elongates so 2 rivets are 12 1/16" apart, replace the chain. With the maintenance I indicated above and only 3 miles per day usage, that should take several years.

Anything that has bushings, like brakes and derailleurs, I seldom lube but I do make an effort to keep the pivot areas clean.

Anything that has unsealed bearings, like hubs for example, get overhauled when I get bored and the weather gets nasty. That's when I fool with my shift and brake cables too. Riding only 3 miles per day, once every couple of years should be adequate. This takes some special tools so it might be economical for you to have this service done professionally.

On a new bike the cable housing ends will seat during the first month or so of use. After that happens the shifting will lose it's crispness. Usually one slight cable tension adjustment is all that's necessary for the bike to continue to shift fine for a long time.
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Ok thanks everyone, also, any tips for how to care for my bike if it gets left in the rain?
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
First, consider your chain. It's constantly in motion when you're peddling and, it's not only exposed to the weather but the front tire pumps dirty water onto it whenever you ride in the rain. It's going to need periodic lubrication. Honestly, I wait until it starts to make noise. Then I clean it off with a rag and a little mineral spirits or something and drip the smallest amount I can manage of any commercial bicycle chain lube onto each individual link. Wait at least 30 minutes for the lube to seep into the rollers and then try to wipe all the new lube off with a dry rag (you won't be able to). A new chain will have 2 rivets that are exactly 12" apart. Get yourself a good ruler to measure that (I don't trust chain checkers). When the chain elongates so 2 rivets are 12 1/16" apart, replace the chain. With the maintenance I indicated above and only 3 miles per day usage, that should take several years.

Anything that has bushings, like brakes and derailleurs, I seldom lube but I do make an effort to keep the pivot areas clean.

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On a new bike the cable housing ends will seat during the first month or so of use. After that happens the shifting will lose it's crispness. Usually one slight cable tension adjustment is all that's necessary for the bike to continue to shift fine for a long time.
would WD40 be an ok lubricant?
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would WD40 be an ok lubricant?
Nope, too light. It has some lubricating properties but it actually works better as a cleaner than as a lubricant.

I'd recommend one of those little drip bottles of lube that you get at the bike store. They are hyper expensive if you compare the price to a quart of motor oil, but you only use it in tiny amounts so that little bottle will last a long time.
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