Clean, adjust, lube, ride… repeat
Bust the grime
Put your bike on its stand or a paddock stand, then clean your chain with a specific cleaning product, but not degreaser. The idea is to remove the build-up of old lube and grime which can cause wear.
Check the chain
Using a steel rule, measure the freeplay at the point described in your manual – usually mid-way between the front and rear sprockets. Be ready to adjust the chain as necessary.
Take up the slack
Loosen the rear spindle nut and the adjuster lock nuts. Adjust the slack out of the chain in small increments, doing so equally on both sides. Tighten spindle nut and lock nuts, then re-check chain tension.
Lube the links
Treat your cleaned and adjusted chain to a fresh coat of lube. Place an old rag behind the chain as you spray the lube on to protect from overspray, and spin the wheel as you spray to treat the whole chain.