Make yourself a Gravity Oiler.

       If you get sick and tired of lubricating your chain with
       aerosol chain lubricants, try making a simple gravity
       oiler instead.

       In addition to the advantage of oiling the chain 
       automatically, the use of engine oil instead of the
       sticky stuff which comes in the aerosol cans makes
       cleaning the chain and sprockets a breeze.

       The following picture shows the basic oiler prior to
       installation:



Note: To give you some idea of size, Tubing 'C' is three inches long and tubing 'B' is 12 inches (but gets trimmed a little when mounted. The oiler is made of brass tubing and a flexible plastic hose connected to the oil reservoir. You can get these parts in a Hobby shop. The diameter of the tubing doesn't matter too much. However the fit of the plastic tubing on the brass tubing should be very tight otherwise oil will seep through the outside of the brass tubing making things generally messy. The flexible tubing must have a tight fit on the reservoir, too. The oiler is attached underneath the swing arm. Here is what it looks like when installed: The oil reservoir is positioned for easy filling on my Ventura rack. The reservoir came from a Chaintec oiler which I had previously used but which was not dependable. You will need to find or make some similar sort of thing for your oil reservoir (check the hobby or aquarium shops). (Chaintec seems to be out of business.) If you get the drip-rate to about one drip every 20 seconds or so, the amount of oil shown in the pic would take about three hours to be exhausted. This will throroughly lubricate the chain and sprockets. You don't need oil every time you ride, depending on the distance. Some notes on making the oiler: 1. Brass tubing 'C' should be at least twice the diameter of tubing 'B'. The purpose of tubing 'C' is to securely hold tubing 'B' so that it does not wobble around. Flatten tubing 'C' (with 'B' inside it) carefully in a vise. Flatten it so that tubing 'B' cannot move around and is tightly held. Be aware of the orientatation of the tubing before you flatten it. The flat side of tubing 'C' goes under the swingarm (see the pic). 2. Rubber tubing 'D' is used to protect the oiler and to ensure a tight wobble-free fit of the cable ties which hold it on the swingarm. 3. You can get graceful bends in tubing 'B' by wrapping the tubing around something round. I made the smaller bend by wrapping the tubing around a small aspirin bottle. The larger bend was made by wrapping the tubing around a coffee mug. 4. After installing the oiler on the swingarm (you may need to make final bending adjustments and cut the end of tubing 'B' so that is is above the chain just in front of the sprocket. Don't make it too close or the bounce of the chain will mess it up. 5. The last thing to do is adjust the flow of the oil. This is done by flattening tubing 'B' at the end with pliers. The objective is to reduce the aperture through which the oil flows to something like 15-20 seconds between drips. This will require experimentation until you get the right rate of flow. Since it is a gravity oiler, it will continue to drip while you sleep. At the time of writing, I am looking for some sort of valve to turn off the flow of oil when the bike is parked. Apart from that, I am very pleased with the performance and have thrown my aerosol lubricant away. Here is one I made earlier - it got chain-chomped! Tony Dilworth - 9/10/3