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How to Apply Oil to Bicycle Chains

Whether you are a professional mechanic or someone who likes to do repairs on their own, it is important to learn how to apply oil to bicycle chains. When it comes time to change your bicycle’s chain, whether to replace worn or broken chains or simply to make sure the chain is always properly lubricated before taking it off, there is a need to know how to apply oil to bicycle chains. This is especially true if the chain is dirty.


There are a number of common problems that plague bike chains. A chain that is dirty will often have dirt and grime within the chain and this dirt, if left unchecked, can create problems with the chain not working properly. Chain lube, or grease, will help prevent this problem and is available at most stores where bicycles and cycles are sold. However, it is important to understand how to apply it correctly, especially for new bikes.

Cleaning Up

To clean up a chain, begin by removing the chain from the sprocket housing and then carefully pulling the chain out of the housing and off of the sprocket. Next, remove the chain guides from each side of the chain and carefully slide the chain out of the housing. Once the chain is free from the housing, wipe down the chain with kerosene or other similar cleaner. If you find any dirt or debris that is not cleanable, you can apply grease or chain lube with the same technique as described above.

Make sure that you remove all oil and dirt from the threads of each sprocket that is in your bike. Cleaning them helps to ensure that they stay smooth and free of debris so that you can get the best possible performance out of your bicycle. While cleaning the chain, you may also want to change the chain guide if there are any that are loose.

Applying Oil

When it is time to apply oil to a chain, ensure that you turn the handlebar so that it is facing away from you when you are turning the oil into the chain. This can help to keep dust out of the chain. Do not fill the chain until you have thoroughly cleaned it. Doing so will cause dirt to accumulate on the chain, which may cause friction on the chain and make it harder to clean.

Once you have finished applying the oil to your bicycle chain, ensure that you allow it to dry completely. Use a rag to wipe down the chain to ensure that you have removed all of the dirt that was not cleaned up by using a brush. Before storing the chain, remember to take the chain back out of the housing and wipe down the housing and the sprocket to make sure there are no leftover particles of dirt on them. Once the chain has been properly dried, it is time to put it back into the housing.


It is important to be careful when using this process to avoid damage to the chain itself. You should never press too hard on a chain because it will damage the threads. Always use a chain tool that is appropriate for the type of chain you are using. The size of chain you are using should be indicated on the tool to avoid damaging the chain. Never use a chain tool that is too small because it may catch on something else and cause the chain to come off.

To help keep your bike looking good, ensure that you regularly inspect your bike for any problems before you take it off on a trip. Keeping your bike clean and in top shape is one of the most important things you can do for your bike to last for a long time. While the oil on your bicycle chains will most likely need to be changed on a regular basis, it is important that you keep your bike clean at all times. Regularly changing the oil on your bicycle chain helps to prevent problems with your chain.