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Chain lube

After each ride you take, a Specially after a wet one.
clean the bike with water hose and brushes and then after it dries - lube the chain with white grease. or any other soft bicycle grease

good luck and ride safly


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How to wash my bicycle?

Lean your bike against a wall. If you have a repair stand, use it and your job will be a little easier. In any case, keep the bike upright to avoid getting soap and water in the wrong places.
Remove any accessories like the pump, seat bag and computer. Take this opportunity to clean them and make sure they are working properly. You can leave the wheels on.
Fill a bucket with warm water and biodegradable dish soap.
Wet the entire bike to loosen dirt using a hose (low pressure only), watering can or your bucket of soapy water. You don't want to have to scrub the bike which could scratch the paint or remove decals. Let the water set for a few minutes
Clean the chain and drive train as these components are likely to be very dirty. Consider using a chain cleaner. Do use a brush.
Use a stiff-bristled brush to clean the derailleur pulley wheel, derailleur cage and chain rings. If you use a solvent, make sure not to drip solvent into the hub or bottom bracket bearings.
Sponge down the whole bike with the soapy water systematically to keep track of what you've washed. Use a different sponge for the drive train than for the frame, handlebar tape and tires to keep the drive train grime off the other parts. Rinse out the sponge in the soapy water frequently as you clean.
Clean the pedals and under the seat with a brush.
Use a long handled brush to clean hard-to-reach places like behind the crank set, around the brakes, under the fork, between the spokes and spoke nipples of the rim and around the hubs.
Use a thin screwdriver or other tool to scrape out and then clean again if there's build up of dirt or grime between the chaining, gears, cogs or on the derailleur pulleys.
Be sure to scrub the rims of your wheels if you have standard brakes (not discs), especially the sidewalls because they are your braking surfaces. Clean rims ensure effective braking. Rubbing alcohol or lighter fluid will remove any rubber deposits or sticky bits (like tar) that won't come off with the soapy water.
Use an old toothbrush to clean small, hard-to-reach places like the brakes and derailleur.
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Rinse your bike once you've washed off all the dirt using a hose, watering can or fresh bucket of water. Get all the soap off.
Dry your bike using a soft cloth or chamois, again making sure to use a different cloth for the drive train than the rest of the bike. In dry climates, you can probably just place it in the sun for a few minutes.
Lube the chain, derailleur and brake pivots.
Take this opportunity to inspect your bike's condition and see if anything shows wear and may need to be repaired or replaced like the tires, cables or cable housing. Look for cracks or other damage, too.
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i need an owners manual for the land rider bike. bike takes to long to shift up or down, sometimes not at all. thank you, frank

most bicycle owners manuals do not explain bicycle mechanics and are rarely of any use other than basic bicycle safety. You shifting issue is not specific to your brand of bicycle anyway, as it is simply a mechanical issue. Probably a good cleaning of the drivetrain and re-lube would make the bike shift better. Use a degreaser and stiff brush and water and clean up the chain and the chain rings and the gears or cogs on the back hub. Follow up with a good chain lube.

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I'm cleaning my MTB chain. I removed it from the front chain guard by taking out a screw. Now, it's all kinked up, and I can 't get them out.

a bicycle chain cannot be removed from the bike without breaking the chain using a special chain break tool or if the chain has a special link called a quick link that snaps apart. However, to clean a chain it does not need to be removed from the bike. Some degreaser, a stiff brush and some water as all that needed to clean the chain, then follow the cleaning with some good bicycle chain lube.

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