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Should I lube the chain without a rear stand? - June 28, 2007, 10:22 AM

I've got a bike with a chain and some lube, but no rear stand. Can I lube part of the chain, roll the bike, lube a new part of the chain [repeat as needed] until the chain is complete? Is there a better way?
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June 28, 2007, 10:25 AM

Without a stand that's about it, unless you drop cash on a auto oiler.
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June 28, 2007, 10:28 AM

Just like when you had a bike as a kid, flip that sob over and lube the chain that way:




Yea, just do it the way you said.


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June 28, 2007, 10:29 AM

Cutter. That way is fine. Stands make it easier...but you can absolutly do it your way. As long as you get lube on the chain... you OK mang.


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June 28, 2007, 10:31 AM

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I've got a bike with a chain and some lube, but no rear stand. Can I lube part of the chain, roll the bike, lube a new part of the chain [repeat as needed] until the chain is complete? Is there a better way?
On dirtbikes I use to hold it in the air with the kickstand while holding/releasing the clutch and the bike in first gear. On a streetbike I don't recommend this technique.

While I put off buying a rear stand for many years and did it the hard way like you, once I spent the money for a stand it is one purchase I have never regretted.

It makes everything easier from lubing the chain, adjusting the chain, removing wheels for new tires, washing the bike, working on the bike, and storing it in the garage takes less room because it isn't leaning over.
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June 28, 2007, 10:34 AM

If you have a front stand... you can cheat like I did before I got a rear stand. Put the front wheel in the front stand then use a car jack to lift the rear. It's not the prettiest method. But it works in a pinch.


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June 28, 2007, 10:36 AM

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Yea, just do it the way you said.

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June 28, 2007, 10:38 AM

Cutter that way works fine. I have done it that way and with a rear stand. It doesn't take much longer with out the stand.

I spray the inside of the chain and hold a rag behind the area I am spraying to collect overspray. After I gently blot the chain to absorb any excess. I also like to do this after a ride so the bike can sit for a long time so the lube can dry. I use Dupont Multi use lubricant.


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June 28, 2007, 10:41 AM

Question, while on the subject...
How do you guys with rear stands get the bike up and down with out another person around? I have my own method, but I'm not saying. I want to see if I am being totally lame about this (in which case I will change the way I do it and lie forever) or if I'm on par with the norm.


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June 28, 2007, 10:45 AM

That's how bikers have done it since the 20's. Sidestands for the general use biker are a rather new thing.


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How do you guys with rear stands get the bike up and down with out another person around? I have my own method, but I'm not saying. I want to see if I am being totally lame about this (in which case I will change the way I do it and lie forever) or if I'm on par with the norm.
I just postion the rear stand and I stand on the left side of my bike holding the tail section. I tip the bike level as I push down on the stand. Same thing when lowering it. First time I was scared but it is a piece of cake now.


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June 28, 2007, 11:04 AM

I have one of these:
http://www.discountramps.com/condor-wheel-chock.htm

It can be used on the front or rear wheel. I love the thing for securing the bike but it's not like you can spin the rear wheel with it. What do you mount a jack to? I can't think of any place to lift on with a full fairing bike.
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June 28, 2007, 11:33 AM

You can put it on the side stand, strap down the front right clip-on and put a jack under the exhaust and lift the rear wheel. Or just roll it.
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June 28, 2007, 11:38 AM

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Question, while on the subject...
How do you guys with rear stands get the bike up and down with out another person around? I have my own method, but I'm not saying. I want to see if I am being totally lame about this (in which case I will change the way I do it and lie forever) or if I'm on par with the norm.
I buy a forward facing rear-stand, and use it. That pretty much covers it.
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