As I learn more and more about bicycle maintenance, I can’t help but think a lot of it is just common sense. I am referring to all the other moving components I have failed to lubricate when I have regularly lubricated my bike chain throughout the winter.
For me, the second most important area for lubrication would have to be the derailleur, as this tends to attract the most mud and grime. It wasn’t until the derailer stopped functioning properly on my bike, did I begin scouring the internet for a method on how to adjust it, when maybe, all it really needed was regular lubrication. I am now going to have to pay a professional to get my derailer working again, including re-aligning it, due to my fiddling and incorrect adjustments.
Other areas that require lubrication are levers and bearing systems, such as the hubs, headsets and cranks. If you are not confident to do this yourself, make sure you book it in for a service at a reputable bike shop where professionals will take a look at every aspect of your bike, including the not so obvious areas such as spokes.
I currently use GT85 which is a synthetic lubricant. This reduces the amount of dirt and grime being attracted to your moving parts, specifically the chain. However, I am not convinced it is the best one, or the right one for autumn/winter conditions as I have to apply it every day.
After some research, a good winter contender looks to be Finish Lines Mountain Bike Wet Chain Lube which doesn’t cost much at all and stays on your chain for longer. The downside of course, due to it being “wet” it attracts more dirt, so your chain will require more cleaning.