This week’s Quick Tip comes from RBR reader Steve Bayard, and his method of chain maintenance that has dramatically increased the life of his road bike chain. Here’s what he sent us.
Normally, a road bike chain seems to last in the range of 2,500 to 3,000 miles when serviced in a traditional manner.
About three years ago, I changed the way I maintain my chain. A friend gave me a spray can of DuPont Chain-Saver Wax-Based Chain Lube w/Teflon. It’s a yellow can sold in Walmart and other hardware stores.
After each ride before I put my bike away, I first ‘back-pedal’ the chain for 15 seconds, wiping it down with a paper towel to remove dirt and sand from the chain. I then spray the chain as I backpedal for another 15 seconds. I follow up with again backpedaling the chain another 15 seconds, wiping it down with a paper towel to remove excess lube and any remaining grit and sand.
On the first chain I followed this very simple and easy procedure, I got over 10,000 miles before the chain gauge indicated it was time for a new chain. On two other chains I have gone 10,000 miles before replacing.
This two minute drill also extends the life of the cassette substantially as my present Ultegra cassette is still shifting well after 24,000 miles…
P.S. I ride 1,000 miles a month on the sandy west coast of Florida.