Lubing your chain: cycle through cassette or not?

Just wondering… when you really REALLY degreased, cleaned, dried your chain and cassette and it is spanking brand new…

When you lube your chain: do you shift through all gears so that all sprockets and cogs get a bit of grease?

Or do you you just lube the chain only and let it dry?

(and why)

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I don’t shift through the whole range until I get all of the excess lube off. Why? So I don’t leave lube stuck to every cog and let it attract dirt


Yeah for what I can find there are two camps:

(1) only lube the inner chain, and get excess off. The rest is dirt (as you said).

(2) it’s nice to lube other parts as well just that it’s smoother. Additionally if desired, use a cloth to get excess off.

I use some kind of dry lube and it dries up on my chain. So I have the feeling it doesn’t really “lube” the cassette when I shift into a gear. So I do shift through the cassette but then take the excess off.

I use a waxed chain, and I do shift through all the gears simply to make sure that everything still works. For me, a fresh wax job on the chain is accompanied by disassembling the cassette and cleaning in the ultrasonic machine, it just (to me) seems reasonable to make sure I hit all the gears and confirm I assembled everything properly.

In other words, it has nothing to do with dropping wax or lube onto each cassette cog… it’s more a validation that I didn’t mess something up along the way.

I would say that shifting will slightly twist the chain and as such allow greater penetration into the rollers but as noted any oil or lubricant on the outside of the chain or on the sprockets is just a dirt magnet

Nope, just the chain as it’s the rollers that need the lube on them and not the cassette.