I've been doing a lot of reading about chain maintenance since I bought my bike. But I have a few issues I'd like some input on.
The first problem I have is that I live in a Condo and vehicle maintenance is frowned upon. On top of that they are absolute sticklers about any leaks under a vehicle, so I have to be very careful when I lube the chain not to get drops of chain oil under the bike. They also don't allow you to put cardboard or anything down under a leaking vehicle. So I would need to lay down a drop cloth under the bike while lubing and then remove it once I'm done. I could do this to clean the chain but I would like to be able to rinse the chain with water (what my chain cleaner recommends, after soaking it in the cleaner)
Second, I usually take my bike over to my parents place and give it a good cleaning. (This would be the same as taking it to a spray wash place for some people) I'd like to give my chain a good scrub at the same time but I'm not really sure how best to lube the chain after it's been cleaned. I use Motul Road Chain Lube and it says to leave the chain lube on a hot chain and let it soak in for a few hours (overnight is best).
This raises two problems:
1. The chain should be hot before lubing. I usually wash the bike after it has sat for at least an hour to cool down (it's a half hour ride to my parents). This is not ideal for lubing the chain, by the time the bike has cooled to wash it, the chain has long since cooled. I could could clean and lube the chain before washing, but then I would just be soaking a freshly lubed chain with water and soap.. again not ideal.
2. I usually ride the bike out there, and don't really want to wait around to let the lube soak into the chain. I could try to find a different chain lube, but I really like this mogul stuff, but it flings like crazy if it doesn't set up for a while.
So what the heck do you guys do?
I could just clean the chain when the bike is still warm, this would kill some time while waiting for the rest of the bike to cool. Take the bike for a quick spin to reheat the chain (if it cooled while cleaning), then shoot some fresh chain grease on the bike. By the time the engine is cool to the touch the oil will have soaked in long enough to be safe to wash it. I could then wash the bike, wipe down any excess chain lube, then ride the bike home. Once I get home I could then give the chain another quick coat of chain lube.
My question is: is it safe to ride the bike with no lube on the chain to heat it up (between cleaning and lubing)? It's an o-ring chain so I would assume some lube is still in the rollers...