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I just cleaned my gears and chain with a biodegradable degreaser. I'm going to lubricate my chain. Do I also need to lubricate the gears or do I just pedal and make sure that I hit all gears? Will the lube on the chain lube the gears?

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You don't need to lubricate your gears since they don't have any moving parts or pivots (it's the hub that rotates). Cleaning them is all you needed to do.

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Actually, some lubricant on the gears is beneficial because it will a) reduce friction between chaing & sprockets, and b) protect the sprockets from corrosion (to some degree). But usually the chain will "bleed" enough lubricant anyway. – sleske Feb 9 '11 at 1:02

I always wash off the degreaser, lube the chain, and then run it through all gears to get a bit of lube worked into everything. Don't need to lube the gears specifically.

I think the key is to be sure to wash off all traces of the degreaser. Last thing you need is residual cleaner gunking stuff up.

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How do you wash off all the degreaser? Soap and water and elbow grease? – Neil Fein Oct 17 '10 at 4:05
I degrease (using one of those chain cleaning rigs - something like this ), and run the chain through all gears. Then, I use a brush to work grit free, and scrub everything clean with rags. Then, I rinse the crap out of everything with water. Seems to work well enough. – D'Arcy Norman Oct 20 '10 at 22:13

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