Photo of applying lube to a bike chain

Unfortunately, this is a little bit of a “How long is a piece of string question because it depends on the conditions in which the chain is used. For instance, if you are riding in the rain a lot, the chain will need Wet road conditions, or very hot and dry weather both 

However, if you force me to answer, I’d say every:

  • 100 miles if you’re using a wet lube
  • 60 miles if using a dry lube

When should I oil my chain?

Some lubricant makers recommend leaving the bike for a couple of hours, or even overnight, before riding again. This gives the lubricant time to spread into the tiny gaps in the chain bearings. 

This is a good idea if you can discipline yourself to apply the chain lube after, rather than before, a ride. 

However, for the most part …… “Ain’t nobody go time for that!”

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