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Oiling pivot points?

Catrin2010-12-12 08:06:14 +0000 #1
Should I oil the pivot points on my FD and RD periodically? I have been told conflicting things on this - by people with a great deal more experience than I - it seemed good to see what people here do.

If you do this - how often is your practice to do so? I have right at 600 miles on the Wanderer and just gave him a good bath, applied some Rock and Roll to the chain, and polished him with a little Pledge. He is looking pretty sharp

Also spruced up Stella, though more from dust than road grime, sadly.
KnottedYet2010-12-12 08:20:27 +0000 #2
I do it every time I oil the chain.

I use an oily rag to wipe everything, so it all gets a little cleaning then as well.
OakLeaf2010-12-12 08:21:11 +0000 #3
I do the same. They get a thorough cleaning and lube when I clean the chain. Brake calipers also.

You also want to put a drop of oil on the jockey wheel axles.
Catrin2010-12-12 09:12:59 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

I do the same. They get a thorough cleaning and lube when I clean the chain. Brake calipers also.

You also want to put a drop of oil on the jockey wheel axles.

jockey wheel axles? Guess it is time for me to learn the smaller parts of my bike.

I do have ProLube left - though I no longer use it on the chain. Is it appropriate for these other places or should I use Tri-Flow? The Tri-Flow is a lighter oil and while I can't seem to find the little straw applicator that came with it the mouth seems small enough for use.

Thanks - I will do this right now!
EasilyLead2010-12-12 08:32:08 +0000 #5
anything with bearings "or" a pivot that is large, should be greased not oiled. oil will washout and collect sand/dirt.

on chains, clean with WD-40. it is a degrease not oil. wipe really well with a rag being careful not to catch your fingers in the cogs.

then lube your chain with a dry lube. it will last longer and not collect gunk.

its good to re-dry lube your chain every week or every other wash. clean as needed or once every 2-3 months.
sarahspins2010-12-12 10:11:20 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

You also want to put a drop of oil on the jockey wheel axles.

Don't most modern jockey wheels use sealed cartridge bearings?
Catrin2010-12-12 08:26:13 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by sarahspins

Don't most modern jockey wheels use sealed cartridge bearings?

I assume the jockey wheel is the wheel at the bottom of the RD that the chain passes through?
KnottedYet2010-12-12 09:18:10 +0000 #8
sheldonbrown.com/glo...-k.html#jockeypulley

I give 'em both some love. And anywhere else that moves. I can spend a lot of time playing around with a bottle of Boeshield and the drive train.

My, that sounds somewhat dirty...

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