Grinding paste over cogs, chain, spokes

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by MacLean, 29 Apr 2010.

  1. MacLean

    MacLean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    Hi All,

    I do lube my bike but it has gone all thick black around the cogs and chain and looks like thick black grinding paste now!

    Its all over the plastic disc thing behind the largest cog on the rear aswell and although I cba cleaning it really, its niggling at me cos its looking pretty rotten now... Should I clean and re-lube or is not necessary really?

    Also when it was new my bike would glide along without any clicking when pushing it.... Now it has started clicking and is this good or bad or what? Should I lube something in the wheel or is it not a big issue really?

    Any guides around with info on all this stuff?
     
  2. Allow me.
     
  3. eldudino

    eldudino Bike Fluffer

    Location:
    Stirling
    I use the mickle method. I'd recommend using something like a citrus-degreaser on the bits that are very heavily choked with the black paste (though some will probably disagree). You do need to be very careful in application not to de-grease any wheel-bearings etc.
     
  4. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    Location:
    Manchester
    Maybe the reason its so clogged with much is because you dont wipe away the excess after lubing it and allowing the lube to coat the working parts?

    Lube, let it "soak in" spin the cranks a bit, then wipe away the excess. This wont leave sticky residue on the chain etc for muck to stick to.
     
  5. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    At least it won't rust.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    MacLean

    MacLean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    I did wipe the excess off the chain, but I think I attempted to lube the cogs aswell for some reason.... Do the cogs actually need lubed at all?

    When I done it I watched a few you tube videos and the problem is there are so many people with different advice I dont think there really is a correct way, just develop your own wee system. Which I am in the process of doing now lol.
     
  7. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    Location:
    Brentford
    You don't need to lube the cogs, just the chain, and only a little bit.

    I also made the mistake of lubing the cogs when I got my first proper bike a few ago :rofl:

    The black stuff is the lube. Spray some on a plate and it will start clear but turn black.

    Try to use the lube that comes in little bottles rather than sprays.
     
  8. Wee is definitely not a good lube. Trust me.
     
  9. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Location:
    Egremont, Cumbria
    But the ammonia in it may have degreasing properties :evil::rofl:
     
  10. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    Oh... I have to say ... I like that pink chain ... I want:biggrin: (is it only for BMX style bikes or can you put it on any bikes? - or would that be too uncool?)
     
  11. OP
    OP
    MacLean

    MacLean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London


    LOL haha, thanks for the guide btw!
     
  12. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    Does the "trust me" imply that you've actually tried it?
     
  13. eldudino

    eldudino Bike Fluffer

    Location:
    Stirling
    Not a good lube, but a great de-snowing liquid, as proven by someone I know who's drivechain seized up when out on a hilly MTB ride in January this year! ;)
     
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