Becky Catino is the president of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. Outside of work, Becky Catino is an avid traveler and cyclist who enjoys long rides, both at home and on her trips around the world.
All cyclists experience problems with their chain at some point in their life. There is no substitute for regularly replacing a chain, but these three tips will dramatically increase the lifespan of your bike chain and the drivetrain it runs on.
1. Clean your chain regularly. It should be spot cleaned routinely, especially after wet rides. Give your chain a scrub with an old toothbrush while it is still on the bike. From time to time, remove the chain and give it a thorough cleaning. This is especially important during winter months, when road salt and sand get into the chain.
2. Lubricate your chain properly. Choose a lubricant that is made for bicycles, preferably something with Teflon. Never use WD-40 to lubricate a bike chain.
3. Pay attention to how you ride. Avoid cross-chaining, or riding with the chain on the largest chain ring and the large cog on the cassette. Riding in this position puts too much pressure on the chain. It is also good practice to ride at a high cadence, which is both more efficient and better for the chain.