Lubing the Chain

Cowlitz

Well-Known Member
They use WD40???? I thought that was a no no. I was looking for an explanation on how to get access to the chain on my Arroyo so I could clean and lube it.

 

Mass Deduction

Active Member
They use WD40???? I thought that was a no no. I was looking for an explanation on how to get access to the chain on my Arroyo so I could clean and lube it.

I would argue that spraying anything on a bicycle is a no-no. If something needs cleaning, wipe it down on the bike with a rag, or remove it from the bike for more thorough cleaning if necessary. Sprays can get all over the place, including potentially into bearings and cable housing for example.

Yes, you additionally don't want to use WD40's non-bike product as it's a solvent, not a lubricant.
 

Cowlitz

Well-Known Member
There isn't much danger if I can't get access to the chain. The manual isn't much help for me. I'll have to set the bike up on something, and figure out how the chain guard comes off. I've only got 300 miles on the bike so far so it should still be OK.

It's such a nice bike to ride, but a PITA to work on. The nearest bike shop is a 40 mile drive over a mountain pass so I'd like to figure things out.
 

Mickey Kelly

New Member
There isn't much danger if I can't get access to the chain. The manual isn't much help for me. I'll have to set the bike up on something, and figure out how the chain guard comes off. I've only got 300 miles on the bike so far so it should still be OK.

It's such a nice bike to ride, but a PITA to work on. The nearest bike shop is a 40 mile drive over a mountain pass so I'd like to figure things out.
It would have. been nice if they had used a belt drive instead of chain drive.
 

Browneye

Well-Known Member
WD is very good for cleaning with a cotton rag, a square foot of old terry towel is good, easy to come by. Then a reputable chain lube applied and excess wiped off to prevent from collecting dirt/dust. My go-to has been Tri-Flo for a couple of decades, but there are newer and more expensive options. Chain wear is measured by stretch. Clean and lube when it gets dirty.

Most motorcycle chains have sealed links and don't really need lube - just cleaning them gives nearly the same life as adding chain lube. Generally a wax type of lube is used - a spray where the carrier solvent evaporates. Some bicycle lubes are similar. But bike chain links are not sealed, so a very light oil is recommended.

An enclosed guard needs to be removed to gain access, so they are not as popular as one might think. But will help with dirt and dust collecting which is what makes them turn black.
 
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