Good degreasing of the gears and its chain is necessary before lubrication. If the chain is clogged with dirt, the lubricant will not be able to penetrate as deeply inside the links. You will not get all the benefits of the new lubricant and it will be less effective since it will have remained on the surface.
When to degrease the chain and the cassette?
When you run your finger across your bike chain and it’s covered in a black, staining substance? Now is a good time to clean it up! Otherwise, the dirt will continue to build up and create unnecessary friction that will wear out not only your lubricant but your chain prematurely.
How to degrease your chain and cassette effectively?
This may seem complicated at first, but nothing could be simpler. It only takes a little time and some basic techniques. If this is the first time, the process may be longer, but once well degreased, the next cleaning will only be easier.
A good degreaser works simply when you spray the product on the chain and the cassette. The secret is to let it work for at least a minute for it to take effect before removing the dirt. The goal is not to rub hard, but to go over all the elements that need it.
Try to go through each gap of the cassette and the front and rear derailleur to completely remove the dirt. You will have to repeat the operation several times until there is no more dirt when you rub your cloth on the chain.
The stages of a good degreasing:
The advantages of properly degreasing your chain?
How often do you clean and lubricate your chain?
It depends on the number of kilometers traveled and the number of trips you make, but on average, degreasing should be done every 2 to 3 trips or 150 km, which is the average duration of a lubricant.
Degrease the chain and the cassette well for effective lubrication and a great ride!