How often do you lube?
Let’s take a look at chains and the noises they make. Specifically, the lubrication of the chain to prevent the noises they make. Chain lubrication is an often misunderstood aspect of bicycle maintenance. One would think “if a little lube is good, a lot is better” when that just isn’t the case. Also, the proper lube for the job can go a long way in making your life easier. Lastly, how to keep that chain clean after putting all that lube on it.
Contrary to popular belief, the only place where the chain needs lube is inside the rollers, the little round cylinders between the plates. Therefor, any extra lube that stays on the chain and the cassette and the rings only serves to attract dirt. Dirt has no beneficial lubricating properties that I know of. There isn’t much that is worse than having to deal with a drive train that has gobs of black goop all over it from a year of over zealous application of lube.