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How To: Lube Chain without stands (Poor man's Lube)

This might be helpful to those of us who don't own a bike stand.

First, press the brake lever and tie it down so the bike can't move. You can use anything like a rope, bungee cord, strap, or zip-tie.



Then place a brick or a block of wood under the kickstand. You want the bike to be almost fully upright. Don't overdo it...you don't want the bike tipping over.



Get a regular car jack (You should most likely have one in the trunk of your car). Any kind of jack will work. Place it under the swingarm.



Pump it up until the tire is off the ground.



If you care about keeping the ground clean, place a piece of cardboard or something else to catch the drips.



Rotate the tire with one hand as you spray the lube with the other hand. I usually use DuPont chain lube but I ran out. So screw it....WD-40 to the rescue! If you squeeze the lever very slightly, you will get a nice stream of foam rather than a burst of spray that will splash everywhere. Keep applying the stream of foam onto the chain as you rotate the tire. This method works very well.



When done, you will probably have some lube dripping from your swing arm and chain slider. Wipe it all off and also wipe off any excess lube you might have on the chain itself.



Lower the jack. Remove the brick or wood block from under the kickstand. Release the brake lever. Make sure you haven't gotten any lube on your tire. If you have, clean it off well. And thats it...take it for a ride and feel the smoothness.
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I used to just move the bike forward lol.

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I used to just move the bike forward lol.
Haha me too...but its quite a distance you gotta cover before you get the full length of the chain lubed. Plus it gets annoying having to move bike, lube, move bike, lube, move bike, lube.
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I used to just move the bike forward lol.
i have my friend do a sick burn out while i just spray a whole can of lube at the chain.

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Very similar to my system for my Klr. I have a piece of pvc and a t-joint I cut in half. Sprayed the bish with grippy rubbery stuff. When I need the wheel off the ground I wiggle it up on to that thing do my work and lever it off. The whole thing holds my tools for changing/patching a tube too. Best $10 I've spent.

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It's pretty simple to put the bike in neutral on the side stand, and lube the portion of the chain that is exposed...... then pull the top of the bike towards the stand (which un-weights the back tire), while you pull up on the back edge of the tire. When you learn to rock it just the right amount, you can spin the tire about 1/4 of a turn with very little effort. Apply more lube, wipe it down, repeat. Keep doing this until you see clean chain again.

I didn't need to buy a rear stand, until I decided to take my wheels to the tire shop to swap tires instead of paying the shop to do that for me. The cheap Harbor Freight stand paid for itself, the very first time I did that.
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i JUST HAVE MY HOMEBOY RUN BESIDE THE BIKE REAL QUICK WHEN I DO A STOPPIE WHILE THE REAR IS STILL UP IN THE AIR TOOK A FEW PRACTICES TO GET IT RIGHT AND YEAH IT TAKES 2 PEOPLE BUT STILL CHEAPER THAN BUYING A STAND !
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Bumpin this thread since riding season is startin for a lotta peeps.

Also a good time to check tire pressures, lube cables, and look over the bike for any screws that might have vibrated loose.
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Seems a really complicated way to do such a simple thing. I have three methods: I bought a rear stand (cheap), I have a rear wheel roller-stand (also cheap), I just move the fucking bike forward and do it the old fashion way (e.g. when I'm out on the road - free). Sorry but I can't see the point.
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Seems a really complicated way to do such a simple thing. I have three methods: I bought a rear stand (cheap), I have a rear wheel roller-stand (also cheap), I just move the fucking bike forward and do it the old fashion way (e.g. when I'm out on the road - free). Sorry but I can't see the point.
Well...some of us live in apartments and dont have a place to store a stand or enough room to roll the bike without being out in the middle of the street.

This is for those people
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Before I had a stand I always just talked my dad into spraying the chain while I rolled the bike after a ride lol, but if you ride alone most of the time you might not be able to get someone to do that
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I did the 'rock and spin' method for a couple of years.... no tools required...... nothing to store beyond the lube and rags.

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Who has a jack like that but not a rear stand?? Fuck, I don't own hydraulic jack at all, but I have 3 rear stands lol
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A bottle Jack is about as compact as you can get a lifting gizmo to be.'... I can understand why, in an apartment.....

But I'd still use the tip and spin approach rather than balance a bike that way. Not all that stable imho.

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This is a pretty elegant solution for apartment residents and long distance riders.



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