Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Great Britain, North East England
Its easier to do adjustment on the centre stand then check tension is OK on side stand. You quickly get a feel for how the tension varies between centre stand and side stand. As regards chain lub and rusty side plates:
The main bits that are loaded and wear on a chain are lubricated and sealed for life with O rings. When you lub the chain you are:
1. Stopping the outer surfaces rusting
2. keeping the O rings lubricated so that they do not dry out and break up /wear
3. keeping the surfaces that come into contact lubricated, ie sprocket and chain.
There are many lubricants, wax types are popular but I prefer those that are more penetrating and less gungey. I use XCP. Lubing without cleaning is fine if you are away from home but long term lubing without cleaning is just building up a big mess on the chain.