Brake cables should be lubricated at least twice a year. Especially if you cycle in the rain, the oil applied to the cables can quickly be washed away. Water and oil are like fire and ice. So it’s crucial to regularly maintain and lubricate the individual components of your bicycle brakes.
We advise you to consult a Velosophy expert when looking for the right oil to use. You can also ask your local dealer to lubricate the brake cables personally during your annual maintenance and to tell you whether a yearly lubrication is sufficient in your situation.
The more you cycle, the more frequently the cables need to be lubricated. No matter how much you cycle, annual maintenance at your local dealer is always useful and recommended!
If you have to relubricate your brake cables yourself from time to time, we recommend following these guidelines:
- The fastening and pivot points of the brake levers should be lubricated every three months.
- The brake cables themselves should be lubricated during the initial installation.
- If you frequently cycle in sub-zero temperatures, the cables should be lubricated more frequently, and the brake pads should also be replaced more quickly.
- The more you cycle, the more often you will have to lubricate your brake cables.
Especially during winter and when regularly cycling in (heavy) rain, frequent and proper lubrication of your brake cables is of crucial importance to avoid accidents.
When you encounter issues or difficulties with braking or shifting, it’s time to relubricate. Especially when you run into issues braking properly during your rides, it’s essential to relubricate as soon as possible. Better safe than sorry! By paying attention to such wear-and-tear indications, you’ll ensure your brake cables are always optimally lubricated all year round, even when riding in cold conditions or pouring rain.
It’s also important to understand what kind of brake cables you need for your bike. The right cables should come installed when you buy a new bike, but it’s worth bearing in mind in case you need to replace them.