Question: How do you maintain bicycle gears?

Should you lubricate bicycle gears?

Keeping your bike parts properly cleaned and lubricated is crucial for good performance. Lubrication protects moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction, prevents them from “freezing up,” and helps keep rust and corrosion at bay.

What gear should I leave my bike in?

The bike should be stored with the gears set to the highest gear (the chain on the smallest cog), so that the spring in the derailleur is under the least pressure, and the cable is also under the last tension. So the cable will stretch less and the gears will stay in adjustment longer.

Can I use wd40 on derailleur?

WD-40 is also useful to clean the derailleurs to remove any dirt and tough grime on your bike. Put the WD-40 on the derailleurs and let it soak in for a few minutes. And then clean.

Can you use a toothbrush to clean a bike chain?

Use an old toothbrush or non-metal brush to scrub away the loosened grime, being sure to give the cassette and chainrings a thorough going-over as well. If you’re out of degreaser—or never owned any—at least wipe the chain with a rag. First, give the chain a few seconds to air off.

How often should you clean a bike chain?

A clean chain is as critical as a properly lubricated one. Ideally, chains should be thoroughly cleaned after each and every ride.

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