Tech Tip – How to lube your chain properly


A lot of people see chain maintenance as a pain in the ass when in fact its piss easy. All it really involves is lubing your chain and checking the tension every now and again. I tend to lube my chain after giving the bike a wash or before a big ride. At the same time I run my eye over the chain checking its slack.

I find a lot of people lube their chain wrong (IMO anyway) and end up with crap all over the rear of their bike and rim. I’ve thrown together a few pics to help you out.

Get yourself a half decent chain lube. I personally use Silkolene but any big brand will do the job.
Get yourself a half decent chain lube. I personally use Fuchs Silkolene as it performs well and is readily available at my nearby Supercheap Auto but any reputable brand will do the job.
First of all, pop your bike on a rear stand or its centre stand if it has one
First of all, pop your bike on a rear stand or its centre stand if it has one. This is also a good chance to give your chain a clean too.
While the bike is on its stand, check the slack by simply pressing the chain up towards the swingarm with your fingers. Your bike will recommend what distance it is supp
While the bike is on its stand, check the chain slack. Your manufacturer will recommend what level of slack is required.
Here's the most important part. Spray the inside of the train LIGHTLY and spin the rear wheel at the same time. Complete a couple of rotations to make sure you get the whole of the chain. When you are sure you have lubricated the chain sufficiently, spin the wheel several times. By spraying the inside of the chain, the chain lube doesn't go everywhere and lubricates your chain properly.
Here’s the most important part. Spray the INSIDE of the chain lightly as in the picture. Using your free hand, spin the rear wheel at the same time. Complete a couple of rotations to make sure you lubricate the whole of the chain sufficiently. You don’t need to saturate it. Give the wheel a couple of spins. By spraying the inside of the chain, the chain lube doesn’t go everywhere and lubricates your chain from the inside out while the wheel turns.

Next wipe excess chain lube off with a rag as I have done in the video below.

And there you have it. Easy as pie and you don’t get sticky shit all over your bike.

Until next week, keep it OnTheBackWheel…

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5 Comments

    1. No worries Brodie, glad you liked it. If you don’t have a rear stand you can lean it on the side stand (be careful though!) or do a section of chain and roll the bike forward or back to make sure you get the whole chain.

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