Renold - Troubleshooting Guide: Lubricant

What Does Lubrication Mean in Motorbike Terms?

Lubrication is the process of applying an agent to moving parts in order to reduce friction and wear. In motorbikes, lubrication is necessary for the smooth operation of the chain, gears, and other moving parts. Without proper lubrication, these parts can experience excessive wear, which can lead to premature failure. Additionally, lubrication can help to protect against corrosion and rust. 

There are a variety of different lubricants available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing a lubricant for your bike chain, it's essential to consider the riding you will be doing and the climate in which you will be riding. 

For example, some lubricants are better suited for wet or muddy conditions, while others are better for dry, dusty environments. Additionally, some lubricants will last longer than others. If you are unsure which lubricant is best for your needs, it's always a good idea to consult with a motorbike mechanic or other expert.

A good rule of thumb is to lube your chain at least once a week and more often if you ride in dirty or wet conditions.

The best way to determine if your bike chain needs lubricating is to look for any signs of rust or wear when cleaning it. If the chain looks dry, rusty, or has any links that seem to be sticking, it's time to lube it up.

What is the Significance of Lubricating your Chain?

The primary purpose of lubricating your chain is to prevent it from rusting. In addition, lubricating your chain will help to keep it clean and free of dirt and debris. Keeping your chain clean and well-lubricated will extend its life and keep it running smoothly.

There are a few different types of lubricants that you can use on your chain. The most common type is WD-40, which is a water-displacement formula that helps to protect against rust and corrosion. Another popular option is chain lube, which is specifically designed to lubricate and protect chains. 

Applying lubricant to your chain is a relatively simple process:

  1. Clean your chain thoroughly with a rag or brush.
  2. Apply the lubricant to the inside of the chain links. Be sure to get good coverage and avoid getting any on the outside of the chain.
  3. Wipe off any excess lubricant with a clean rag.

Your bike chain should last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Keeping it clean and well-lubricated can help extend its life and keep it running smoothly.

Need Help Lubricating your Motorbike Chain? 

Follow these simple steps;

  1. Park your bike on a level surface and place a rag or newspaper underneath the chain to catch any excess lubricant.
  1. Apply a liberal amount of lubricant to the chain while turning the wheel slowly with one hand. Be sure to get lubricant on all sides of each link.
  1. Use a clean rag to remove any excess lubricant from the chain and surrounding areas.
  1. Rotate the wheel for a few minutes to work the lubricant into the chain. Wipe off any excess that may have splattered onto the frame or wheels during this process.
  1. Enjoy your newly lubed chain! Remember to check and lube your chain regularly for optimal performance and to extend the life of your drivetrain.

 What Can Happen If I Don't Lubricate My Bike Chain?

If you don't lubricate your bike chain, it can get dry and cracked, which can lead to the chain breaking. This can be dangerous if you're riding at high speeds.

Not lubricating your chain can also lead to gears grinding and slipping, making it difficult to ride your bike. So ultimately, keeping your bike chain adequately lubricated is essential to ensure optimal performance and safety while riding.