Keeping your bike oiled and well-lubricated is probably one of those bike maintenance tasks that often gets forgotten, or, perhaps, just put on the back burner. It’s all too easy to get caught up with an attitude of “why bother with all of that fuss.” But the benefit of bike lubricants is that they reduce friction between moving bike parts and makes them last longer.
Now that you know why bike lube is important, you need to know which bike lubricants to buy. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as grabbing that can of WD-40 and randomly spraying various moving bike parts. Doing this could cause damage.
There are oils and lubricants make specifically for bikes. For example, you will want a chain oil for your drivetrain, fork oil for your suspension forks and grease for rear shocks.
If you have noticed your chain is sounding rattly or your ride seems bumpier than usual, it’s time to look into the necessary bike lubricants.