From the article: Where to Lubricate Your Bike - What Parts Need Oil
Want to know where your bike should be lubricated, and the best way to go about it? Read tips and tricks here from experienced cyclists and share pointers of your own. Share your secrets
- I have a beach cruiser, so I don't have hand brakes, gears, or a derailleur. Anything other than the chain and pedal/crankshaft I should be worrying about?
- To expand upon the previous posters suggestion to clean ones rims, I've always used isopropyl (or rubbing) alcohol. Takes off oil, road dirt etc and dries quickly with no harm of soaP residue buildup. Works fine on aluminum rims; not sure about other types.
- —Guest Spiny the Kooshnibbla
Lubing your Bike
- Riding with a dry chain wears the chain's moving parts out faster. This, in turn, wears out everything else on your drive train faster: cassette, chain rings, even the little pulleys on your derailleur. Before throwing a leg over the bike, back-pedal a half-revolution and listen for squeaking from your chain. If it's squeaky, looks dry, or even if it's just been a while since you lubed it last, take a second to apply some fresh oil to the chain. you could get more info my my site http://www.bike-maintenance.biz "Everything in life is a Chess Game"
- —Guest Charlton
Chain, etc. lube
- Use Boeshield T-9, the liquid form; it's better than 98% of the lubes out there!
- —Guest Bud Woods
Wipe down your rims for quieter brakes
- If your brakes squeak when you apply them, it may be because your rims are dirty. If you want your brakes to work both more quietly and more smoothly, simply wipe down your rims with some warm soapy water and a clean cloth. Be sure that you allow them to dry fully, and that you have taken off all soapy residue before you go riding again. And never, never get any kind of oil or lubricant on your rims or brake pads. Else it'll make stopping an adventure!
- —Guest Mike "Mr. Squeaky Brakes" Morrell