A clean and well lubricated chain will ride and shift smoother, and last longer. Here are some recommended steps to do this:
- Wipe your chain down with a rag
- Apply bicycle chain lube sparingly
- Backpedal to ensure lubricant soaks into the chain
- Wipe down chain with rag again
If your chain is very grimy, you may want to clean the chain with de-greaser before applying lubricant.