Bicycle chain oil knowledge

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The chain is the most important accessory for the bicycle to rotate forward, and the chain is constantly rubbing against the chainring, so it is important to add the correct chain oil to increase the smoothness of its use.

The bicycle chain, flywheel, and large plate are called the transmission system. The chain rotates the chainring to drive the rear wheel forward. Regular oiling can reduce the generation of abnormal noise, reduce the loss caused by friction, and reduce the possibility of the chain breaking.

Types of chain oil

Basically, bicycle chains do not use motor oil, sewing oil, etc., which are used in automobiles and motorcycles, mainly because these oils have a limited lubrication effect on the chain and have strong viscosity. It is easy to stick to a lot of mud and sand, and even splash everywhere. Both are not a good choice for bicycles.

It is recommended that you can buy special chain oil for bicycles. There are many different types of oil. Basically, you can remember the dry and wet styles.

Dry chain oil

Use in a dry environment, because it is dry, it is not easy to stick to mud and sand, and it is easy to clean; the disadvantage is that it is easy to volatilize and requires more frequent oiling.

Wet chain oil

Use in a humid environment, suitable for routes with accumulated water and rain. The wet chain oil is relatively viscous and can be attached for a long time and is suitable for long-distance travel. The disadvantage is that it is sticky, which makes it easy to stick to the mud and requires more careful maintenance. 

Oiling method

The general way of oil use is divided into drop type or spray type, but the oiling position is the same.

Fix the bicycle with a side stand, display stand, or against a wall.
Rotate the pedal backward to drive the chain, and spray the spray chain oil onto the chain at the same time; while the dripping chain oil drops on each item of the chain, you can also use the pedal to rotate backward to evenly apply oil.
Use the transmission to change to each gear, so that each gear has a lubricating effect.

Note: that chain oil does not need too much, and try to avoid sticking oil to the brake rim or disc, which can reduce the adhesion of sediment and maintain brake safety.

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