7. Warming Up A Chain For Lubrication
Nothing looks worse than a worn and droopy drive chain. We all know that proper lubrication will extend the life of chains, but let’s be honest, we frequently forget to lube our chain post-ride. That’s OK. There’s an easy solution.
Go for a ride that’s sole purpose is warming the chain for lubrication. In fact, why not clean the chain with a rag and some WD-40 before the ride? Since the heat in the chain helps the chain lube to penetrate into the rollers, it’s best to err on the side of getting your chain nice and hot. So, the longer the warm-up ride, the better. When you get home, pop your bike up on a rear stand and have at it. Of course, if you don’t get the chain lubed while it’s still warm, you’ll have to take another ride.