It’s those little things
Bicycles are pretty important in my life. I ride one to work every day. Sometimes I ride my mountain-bike in the woods, or even in the mountains when money is less of an issue. And very occasionally, when I feel I have something unprovable to prove, and too much time to spare, I take out the BMX and try to hurt myself.
So, I know something about maintaining a bicycle – though mostly just enough to get myself into trouble – and while I don’t expect everyone else to know as much, there is one thing that absolutely everybody should know about bike maintenance and that is : you must lube your chain, preferable weekly, but at the utmost ultimate minimalistically very least, monthly.
There is lots of stuff you can use to lubricate your chain.
Or this :
Or even this :
( But not this :
And you can do it in several ways.
Like this :
Or like this :
Or even like this, and you don’t have to use the extension thingy :
And don’t bother with complicated stuff like wiping off the excess lube, like this :
By lubing your chain you will :
- Be able to use your chain longer
- Ride more smoothly and efficiently
- Not annoy me with a squeaking chain
To show how your efficiency improves with increased lubrication look at this graph :
Yeah I know, you don’t have to tell me, this is indeed great stuff !
Entry filed under: Truly important stuff.