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in: Manly Skills, Visual Guides

June 2, 2016 Last updated: October 15, 2018

How to Clean and Grease a Bike Chain: An Illustrated Guide

how to clean and grease a bike chain illustration

When you ride, your bike chain is subject to an onslaught of mud, sand, rain, oil, and chemicals. Over time, that cocktail of gunk starts to affect your chain’s performance, causing linkages to stick and skip so you’re no longer getting the power you deserve with every leg-pumping pedal. With regular riding, you should remove, clean, and grease your bike chain every few months.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak