Looking for new ways to spend time while responsibly sheltering at home? This productive task has the added benefit of helping you prepare for your next fresh-air excursion. Plus, it helps keep important components of your bike—your chain, chainrings and cassette—in good working order. Here’s how.
Set up your bike and gather your materials
- Place a drop cloth on a cleared table, flip your bike over and set it on top
- Get rags, an old toothbrush and your favorite lube
- Note: Use a bike-specific lube, not a household or automotive product
Clean the chain
- First, grasp the chain with a dry rag and crank the pedals backward
- Your goal is to remove grit, not all the lube
- Add a small amount of lube to the rag and repeat, removing more grit
Clean the chain rings
- Now take the toothbrush and use it to brush grit off the chainrings
- Turn the crank as you work your way around each chainring
Clean the cassette
- Now take the toothbrush and use it to brush grit off the cassette cogs
- Turn the wheel as you work your way around each cog
Finish by re-lubing everything
- Slowly turn the crank as you apply a small amount of lube to each chain link
- Now grasp the chain with a dry rag and crank the pedals backward to remove excess lube that would otherwise glom onto grit on you next ride
Now go for a ride!
With more of us not driving to work these days, the roads should have less traffic.