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Lube, What are you using?

Postby endomaster » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:25 am

Like the title states, what lube are you using on your chain?
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby bikesRfun » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:44 am

My favorite is Purple Extreme but right now I'm using ATB red.
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby jasnooks » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:10 am

One drop of 3-in-one oil on each link about twice a month
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby to the beach » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:57 am

Finish Line wet lube, White Lightning dry lube. Even motor oil is better than no lube at all, motor oil is messy though.
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby NYMXer » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:04 am

Gold Pro, best out there. Very clean and lasts a long time
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby endomaster » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:09 pm

Since I started the thread I suppose I should I add what I use. I mostly use Finish Line Dry Teflon Lube on my daily riders but recently decided to try a different lube, Orange Slide by Orange Seal, the chains are staying clean but not as long lived as the Finish Line lube. I also use Squirt Dry Wax Lube on one bike but that once doesn't get ridden in anything but dry weather, that lube lasts much longer and a little goes a long way.
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby dddd » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:18 pm

At some point I decided that how I maintain the chain was more important than what I lubed it with, though the heavier chain lubes definitely last a lot longer.

I use a squeeze bottle with an applicator tube from a spray can to apply a thin, inexpensive mixture of thinner and oil.
I mix four parts thinner to one part oil, so I can easily dispense the oil in a continuous stream to the moving chain as I turn the cranks backward.

I usually wipe off the chain with a terry cloth shop towel before and after applying the lube, and I try to do this after a ride rather than before a ride, so the thinner has time to evaporate, so the oil doesn't fly off.

What I like about my chain care method is that I can do the whole job in a minute or two, so I'm less likely to put it off, and that the chain isn't over-oiled after the solvent dries. My chains actually stay pretty clean this way, I don't ever have to use any cleaner on it.

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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby to the beach » Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:29 pm

dddd, what is the weight of oil you use?
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby dddd » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:41 pm

I've used all kinds of oil, motor or gear oil worked fine and this Nashbar brand oil is also a good one that I mix with thinner.

Some of the thinners today don't really mix with oil, so test a small amount first. Like they have alcohol(?) in them.

I use a bit less solvent in the winter, a little more in the summer.
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Re: Lube, What are you using?

Postby endomaster » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:23 pm

dddd wrote:At some point I decided that how I maintain the chain was more important than what I lubed it with, though the heavier chain lubes definitely last a lot longer.

I use a squeeze bottle with an applicator tube from a spray can to apply a thin, inexpensive mixture of thinner and oil.
I mix four parts thinner to one part oil, so I can easily dispense the oil in a continuous stream to the moving chain as I turn the cranks backward.

I usually wipe off the chain with a terry cloth shop towel before and after applying the lube, and I try to do this after a ride rather than before a ride, so the thinner has time to evaporate, so the oil doesn't fly off.

What I like about my chain care method is that I can do the whole job in a minute or two, so I'm less likely to put it off, and that the chain isn't over-oiled after the solvent dries. My chains actually stay pretty clean this way, I don't ever have to use any cleaner on it.

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Thanks for the feedback and description of how you lube your chain. I pretty much do the same thing and my chains stay relatively clean without alot of buildup, depending on the lube some do attract more dirt than others, but I never have a gunky drivetrain when doing as you described.

How do you like that Nashbar lube? I've seen it on the website but never pulled the trigger on it.
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