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Weatherizing your bicycle

Spray your bicycle all over with WD-40 once a month to prevent rust from forming on frame,chain, sprocket, handlebars, gears, etc. this also keeps it looking brand new.

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how do you adjust chain


Flip bicycle up-side-down so it sits on the seat and handlebars. Loosen the 2 nuts that hold the rear wheel on. Sitting behind the bike on the ground, so that you can align the wheel to a straight position, pull the wheel back so that the chain is snug. You don't need to pull hard, just hold the wheel in place and straight. Using the other hand, slowly tighten the axle nuts back down until the wheel is held in place. Once the nuts are tight enough to securely hold the wheel, tighten the nuts. Sometimes this method will make the chain too tight. If this happens, repeat the process as above, only this time when you go to tighten the nuts back down, squeeze the chain slightly to create a bit of slack. Ideally, the chain will be tight enough not to skip or slip, and at the same time, loose enough not to make noise, bind up, or do any damage.

There are "chain tensioners" available that hook around the rear dropouts of the frame and also around the axle, allowing you to tighten the chain to exact specs. simply by tightening or loosening adjuster screws. They will also help to keep things from loosening up over time. These make things much easier and I highly suggest looking into them.

Use any of a variety of oils and lubes available, but try to avoid WD-40 for chain lube. It will stop a squeak for now and make things seem to move smoother, but in the long run, WD-40 will attract dirt and debris to the constantly moving parts of your chain and can shorten the life of a chain considerably. Hope this helps.

~Ed

Jul 13, 2014 | Huffy 26 in. Cranbrook Cruiser Bike

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Original issue was chain sprocket not locking to wheel hub. Now the sprocket is not releasing from wheel hub and chain keeps coming off if not continually pedaling.


Sounds like the freewheel mechanism is jamming up. You could try soaking the freewheel, where the sprockets are, in something like WD-40, but most likely, the sprocket is going to need replaced. Your local bike shop can provide the correct part.

Apr 06, 2014 | Cycling

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Need an undercarriage protection for our 2003 chevy blazer - cant find one!


There are any number of commercial protection products available over the counter.. of any auto part store, or online.

In my own humble opinion... Your best protection is regular washing with clean water, and some WD40 on all unpainted surfaces. Any coating you put on will eventually trap moisture and contaminants under it, causing corrosion faster.
Easy way to prevent undercarriage rust is to power wash the entire undercarrage, then spray the entire undercarriage with WD-40 before the onset of winter.

WD-40 displaces water, helping to keep rust under control. Suprisingly, it doesn't come off as easily as you'd think in wet winter driving.
Use use two medium size cans of WD-40 to do all undercarriage, making sure to spray every nook and cranny (but avoiding the brake rotors/pads) until it is saturated.

Believe it or not, one good coating will last all winter--at least enough to prevent rust. Each spring, use a high pressure sprayer to clean the undercarriage and reapply a new coat of WD-40 for the spring/summer/fall months.

Jan 09, 2011 | 2003 Chevrolet Blazer

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How do I find a masterlink on a rusted chain?


It is not very hard to see a master link there is usually an elongated e-clip on the master portion. If it is really that hard to see than oil the hole chain or spray it with WD-40 to see better.

Nov 07, 2010 | Magna Cycling

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