Lubing an eBike chain

Rowena

New Member
Region
Africa
Hello everyone,

I have a Cannondale Montera Neo 3 mnt ebike and am experiencing a problem's lubing the chain.
I cannot find a bike stand to fit the conformation of the rear triangle (and hold up the back wheel) that would make turning the pedal possible.
Anyone else had this problem and do you know of any solutions?
I need something that I can use on my own as I don’t have an assistant.

Kind thanks
Rowena
 
You can always just flip the bike upside down. Rest it on the saddle and the handlebars, slowly rotate the chain while applying lube. If you're looking for a stand, most good quality stands can support an ebike. My Feedback Sports Pro supports both my ebikes just fine.
 
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I cant turn the bike upside down because it’s too heavy. And anyway it also has a bike computer permanently attached to the handle bars 🤷‍♀️
 
I use this stand. It easily adjusts for the variety of ebikes I own.
 

Attachments

  • 61YuTUhBQSL._AC_SL1500_.jpg
    61YuTUhBQSL._AC_SL1500_.jpg
    67.1 KB · Views: 27
You can lube the bike on the ground by turning the crank backwards. If you have a mid-drive where that freewheels, a trick is to stick an allen key into one of the crank bolts so that the crank catches it and turns the sprocket backwards. BE SURE TO REMOVE IT AFTER!
 
a trick is to stick an allen key into one of the crank bolts so that the crank catches it and turns the sprocket backwards.
You can rotate the chainring backwards with just your hand, too. It just takes a good bit of initial force to get it to move. It took me a bit to realize this and now I don't bother with using a separate lever.
 
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I cant turn the bike upside down because it’s too heavy. And anyway it also has a bike computer permanently attached to the handle bars 🤷‍♀️

I mean, you don't have to completely lift the bike in the air and flip it over. Just grab the rear brake and walk it backwards (like its doing a wheelie) and rock it back over on the saddle. Computer (or anything else sticking up) can be an issue, but you can put a block down under the ends of the bars to keep the bike from sitting on them.

For just lubing the chain, you don't really need to freewheel the rear wheel. Just lube the bottom section, roll the bike forward while pedaling to move the chain a bit, lube that, repeat until done. If you're using a chain cleaner you do need to elevate the rear wheel.

Lots of bike stands out there. But anything horizontal, you can hook the saddle nose on to hold the bike in the air. I've done this on a branch in the woods while fixing things. Some people get a short section of threaded iron pipe with a floor flange and attach it to a handy wall or post and just hook the saddle on that. Or you can buy an actual bike workstand. Just don't get the super cheap ones and find one rated for your bike weight.
 
Hello everyone,

I have a Cannondale Montera Neo 3 mnt ebike and am experiencing a problem's lubing the chain.
I cannot find a bike stand to fit the conformation of the rear triangle (and hold up the back wheel) that would make turning the pedal possible.
Anyone else had this problem and do you know of any solutions?
I need something that I can use on my own as I don’t have an assistant.

Kind thanks
Rowena
My Bike (Fucare Gemini X) weights almost 80 Pounds. I wanted a Bike stand which lifts up the Front wheel and the Rear Wheel. This solution which works well for me. Picture enclosed. The Stand is actually a repurposed Soozier Bike Trainer Stand found at a Garage sale for 10 Bucks. To lift up the rear I put a regular Car Jack under the what looks like a Middrive but is not. I also appreciate that the Bike Stand is totally stable and folds up for easy storage. Note also the little white plastic container with a Brush mounted inside. I fill it with a bit of Gasoline then shove it up over the Derailleur and hand-crank the Pedal, this cleanes the Chain nicely and quickly, after that is done reoiling the Chain takes about another minute, easy peasy.
Cheers
 

Attachments

  • RIMG0833 - Copy.JPG
    RIMG0833 - Copy.JPG
    689.6 KB · Views: 47
I push my bikes over on the kick stand just enough to raise the rear wheel and prop it up some way. Get creative with a way to hold it there.
 
I mean, you don't have to completely lift the bike in the air and flip it over. Just grab the rear brake and walk it backwards (like its doing a wheelie) and rock it back over on the saddle. Computer (or anything else sticking up) can be an issue, but you can put a block down under the ends of the bars to keep the bike from sitting on them.

For just lubing the chain, you don't really need to freewheel the rear wheel. Just lube the bottom section, roll the bike forward while pedaling to move the chain a bit, lube that, repeat until done. If you're using a chain cleaner you do need to elevate the rear wheel.

Lots of bike stands out there. But anything horizontal, you can hook the saddle nose on to hold the bike in the air. I've done this on a branch in the woods while fixing things. Some people get a short section of threaded iron pipe with a floor flange and attach it to a handy wall or post and just hook the saddle on that. Or you can buy an actual bike workstand. Just don't get the super cheap ones, Find out one rated for your bike weight.
Hi I am curious on how others lube there chains on these ebikes. I’ve been lubing a section as a time, lift the rear wheel up spin the cranks a little and do another section until I have lubed all the chain… Tbh it’s a bloody ball ache so I am wondering what others do
 
Hi I am curious on how others lube there chains on these ebikes. I’ve been lubing a section as a time, lift the rear wheel up spin the cranks a little and do another section until I have lubed all the chain… Tbh it’s a bloody ball ache so I am wondering what others do

I put the bike in a workstand, same as I would for any other maintenance task. I use a Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro workstand but there are a million options. Just get one that can support a heavier bike.
 
I use the Rock And Roll lube and it says to put the lube on at the cassette. I just spin the crank on backwards and drip it on pretty steady, let it set a couple minutes, back pedal it some more than wipe it down.
 
While you are going through the process of lubing your chain you should also consider cleaning the chain prior to lubricating.

Various liquid degreaser chain cleaners (Park Tools and others) do the trick quite efficiently and cleanly.

Spray water wash the chain, dry it, lube it. My habit is every 300 miles. 20+K miles. Never a chain problem.
 
You can rotate the chainring backwards with just your hand, too. It just takes a good bit of initial force to get it to move. It took me a bit to realize this and now I don't bother with using a separate lever.
And this doesn’t do any damage to the motor or anything other parts?
 
I mean, you don't have to completely lift the bike in the air and flip it over. Just grab the rear brake and walk it backwards (like its doing a wheelie) and rock it back over on the saddle. Computer (or anything else sticking up) can be an issue, but you can put a block down under the ends of the bars to keep the bike from sitting on them.

For just lubing the chain, you don't really need to freewheel the rear wheel. Just lube the bottom section, roll the bike forward while pedaling to move the chain a bit, lube that, repeat until done. If you're using a chain cleaner you do need to elevate the rear wheel.

Lots of bike stands out there. But anything horizontal, you can hook the saddle nose on to hold the bike in the air. I've done this on a branch in the woods while fixing things. Some people get a short section of threaded iron pipe with a floor flange and attach it to a handy wall or post and just hook the saddle on that. Or you can buy an actual bike workstand. Just don't get the super cheap ones and find one rated for your bike weight.
Neat idea about installing something on the wall to hook the saddle over. Thanks 👍🏻
I use this stand. It easily adjusts for the variety of ebikes I own.
Thanks - I have one of these but it doesn’t fit my Cannondale ebike
 
Hello everyone,

I have a Cannondale Montera Neo 3 mnt ebike and am experiencing a problem's lubing the chain.
I cannot find a bike stand to fit the conformation of the rear triangle (and hold up the back wheel) that would make turning the pedal possible.
Anyone else had this problem and do you know of any solutions?
I need something that I can use on my own as I don’t have an assistant.

Kind thanks
Rowena
Bosch mid drive - Deore 10sp here - KMC e10:
Wipe chain (and chainring) every 50 miles.
Lube (ProGold) individual links (118) every 100 miles. Wipe excess. All by bike upright, pedal spin backwards.
2,500 to 3,000 miles per chain.
 
Bosch mid drive - Deore 10sp here - KMC e10:
Wipe chain (and chainring) every 50 miles.
Lube (ProGold) individual links (118) every 100 miles. Wipe excess. All by bike upright, pedal spin backwards.
2,500 to 3,000 miles per chain.
If you can't move your cranks backwards due to pedal lock, get a 3rd party add-on kick stand that mounts near the rear wheel, then remove the kickstand located right behind the crank. Lets you rotate the wheel backwards via the cranks for easy cleaning and lubing. My Ariel Rider C Class came with the rear-mounted kickstand.
 
Back