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Often done together with Prepping bikes, cleaning and lubing is an easy task that is very helpful to the co-op (it saves lots of time in the repair process and doing it ahead of time give the lubricant time to penetrate into small spaces), and very useful education for anyone who has never lubricated the moving parts of their bike; doing so will make its parts work better (or work at all, in extreme cases), last longer, and STOP SQUEAKING!


Lubricating is done first, so any lube that gets on parts where it is NOT wanted can be cleaned off of the TIRES, RIMS, SEAT and HANDLEBAR GRIPS.

Lubing is best done on the floor so it can flow down into cracks that would be vertical if the bike were upright. Here's the process, in the most efficient order:

Lay bike on its LEFT side (chain up)

Using Tri-flow oil in a small drip bottle WITH THE STRAW ON THE SPOUT, put several drops of lubricant in the right side front hub bearings and a few on the axle nut or quick release (as in "generally..." below); also lube the headset top and bottom cups, left pedal, bottom bracket right side, front derailer pivots (8) and limit screws; rear derailer pivots(8), limit screws, barrel adjuster, both chain-tension springs and jockey pulley wheel axles; and the rear hub bearing right side, and freewheel bearings.

Lay bike on RIGHT side and lubricate rear hub bearings left side, right pedal, bottom bracket left side, kickstand, and the front hub left side.

Stand the bike up and lube the front and rear brake pivots and barrel adjusters, shifters (if NOT mounted on the handlebars), the seat binder bolt.

Generally, you'll put several drops of lube between any parts that move against each other like pivots or bearings, and just a few drops on parts (like threaded fasteners) that normally SHOULD NOT move, but which you don't want to rust so that you CAN move them when you need to. You can also put a few drops on any rust spots on the frame or any chrome parts to keep them from rusting any more: rub lightly with a green scrub pad (being careful not to scratch the paint any more).

Cleaning is best done sitting in a chair, with the bike upright (on its kickstand, or one of the frame or crank stands provided) so you can reach both sides and not need to bend over too much.

Spray the cleaner (which is very lightly soapy water, in the Windex or other "oblong" spray bottles) on the rag, rather than on the bike, to avoid overspray: you do NOT want cleaner on the chain, gears, brake surfaces, or the PREP TAG on the handlebars (if present).

Put bikes in the appropriate stack when done, or on a "Don't Know" stack if you notice something that you think would disqualify the bike from being repaired.

Please put lubes and cleaners back when finished, and any dirty rags in the "Dirty Cleaning Rags" bucket.

Thanks for making OCBC's bikes smooth and clean!


Created by: JSheehan. Last Modification: Monday 20 of May, 2013 20:07:42 UTC by JSheehan.