Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Keepin' the Wheels Movin'

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Keepin' the Wheels Movin'

Old 12-19-04, 06:48 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Keepin' the Wheels Movin'

Any recommendations on products like chain lubes and wheel greases, etc which I can apply regularly to keep my new Trek running well??
s-creek-rider is offline  
Old 12-20-04, 10:07 AM
aspiring dirtbag commuter
max-a-mill's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: philly
Posts: 2,123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
really other than oiling the chain and making sure any suspenision you have keeps moving freely (an occasional dab of grease on the stantions) your good to go till about once a year when it is recommended that either you or a competent professional can take the whole thing apart and lube up all the bearings and pivots....

but actually, i usually never mess with my wheels, headset, bottom bracket, etc. till i notice something wrong.... i got hubs & headsets that have been going for 5+ years with no problems, never cleaned or re-packed once.

so on a non-suspended bike that means to me: before i go out, i make sure the tires are pumped up, the chain is at least slightly lubed, the wheels seem to spin fine, and there is enought brake pads left to get me through another ride. BOOM, GOOD TO GO....
max-a-mill is offline  
Old 12-20-04, 02:34 PM
'Bent Brian
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Wellington Ohio
Posts: 560

Bikes: Trek 1000, Rans Tailwind

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I use Boeshield T-9 on the chain every couple hundered miles unless I've been in the rain. Also a drop on the brake pivots, deraileur pivots and shifter/brake cables. I degrease the chain and clean it about every 500 miles. About every 1000 miles a major tune up at the LBS to true up wheels and tighten spokes keeps things working nicely. The LBS also checks any items for major wear. Small things like tires, chain keepers (used on a recumbent), and brake pads I do myself. Granted I could probably do the whole thing myself with some additional tools but I really don't feel like tearing a bike apart and putting it back together when I could be riding or doing something else. Flats I repair myself.

'bent Brian
bnet1 is offline  
Old 12-20-04, 03:33 PM
jnbacon's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 712

Bikes: Fixed Surly CrossCheck, Redline Conquest Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not a specific product, but here is Sheldon's take on chain maintenance:

jnbacon is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.