City Bicycle Co. How to Choose the Right Lubricants for My Fixie Bike

Discovering Your Bike - How to Choose the Right Lubricants for My Fixed Gear Bike

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Having the right lubricants handy will help get your fixie bike the smoothest ride.

In our previous guide on basic repair tools, you discovered all the necessary tools you need for your fixed gear bike. Lubricants fit in as an "essential" for bikes. Knowing which of the three and how they work differently will help you select the best lubricant for your fixie bicycle.

Eager and willing, City Bicycle Co. wants you to learn these guides to help you better understand your newly purchased fixie bike.

  1. Chain Oil

    Chain lubricants should have a synthetic "wet-style" feel and look to it and should be able to sustain pedaling with high torque over long distances and in bad weather conditions. Finish Line Cross Country, Loctite and Royal Purple have efficient lubricants to give your chain the long-lasting feel it needs.

  2. Light Oil

    Light oil for certain areas of your bike will help with running through the harsh weathering conditions. Light oil lubricants for your fixed gear bike or multi-gear bike can be placed on pivot points, cable housing and other harder areas for you to reach.

    Good brands include TriFlow, Dry Moly and Crc Heavy Duty and will help penetrate deep in any area you need.

  3. Wax Lubricants

    A great oil for chains, wax-based lubricants work wonders for riders in dry climates. They repel dirt and ensure your drive train stays clean.

    The downfall with wax lubricants is that riders find it difficult to apply more than other lubricant types. Clean your drive train thoroughly before applying the wax to avoid dirt from getting trapped inside. Continue cleaning the bike by soaking the chain in a cleaning solvent to also remove dirt. Apply the wax lubricant and wait two hours before riding.

    While great for dry climates, wax does not lubricate fixie bikes as well as oil.

  4. Waterproof Grease

    Overhauling bearings and greasing your threads is vital to a smooth-sailing fixie bike. Having waterproof grease handy in a tub or small tube along with a grease gun to squirt the oil more precisely will allow for maximum results.

    For quick applications, a small brush can help with greasing threads thoroughly.

Choosing the Right Lubricant for Your Fixie is Easy

Getting the right lubricant won't be overly time consuming. Having it handy will prevent damage to your bike that could lead to mechanical issues.

These brands are just great ways to get you started, but feel free to use your own selected brand for better variety.

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