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New bike, chain maintenance

oli_ramsayoli_ramsay Posts: 6
edited January 2010 in The workshop
I just got a new Carrera Subway 1 from Halfords and it wasn't lubricated at all when I got it. I sprayed it with finish line dry teflon lube (which says all riding conditions on bottle). Do I need any other type of lube like grease? Is it better to use different lube in wet/dry conditions?

Also should I clean my chain if it has mud on it? And how?

thanks guys :)


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Many chains are internally lubed and you may not have seen it.

    I prefer not to use spray lubes as you can over shoot and contaminate discs or other areas.

    You can get chain cleaning devices, or remove it to clean manually.

    Always lube sparingly and wipe of excess. The key is to get it on the pins and bushes.

    Often dragging the chain through a cloth will remove a lot of external contaminants.
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Received wisdom is wet lube in the winter, as dry lube washes off in rain etc. too easily.

    I'm finding whenever I clean my chain or rings/sprockets, I dislodge a huge amount of grit which makes the next few miles riding sound like an accident in a sandpaper factory :(
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