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Chain Lube???(19 posts)

Chain Lube???chrisD
May 7, 2001 1:28 PM
I've been racing MTB for a few years now and have started riding road again for the endurance benefits. Chain lube is a hot topic in the MTB world and I was wondering...

...if the needs of a road bike chain are differnent...

...and if so, what are roadies using to lube their chains?
re: Chain Lube???LC
May 7, 2001 4:22 PM
Same lube will work for the road just fine. I tried several different kinds of lubes, oils, waxes and snake oils too but they all seem pretty much the same. Some are just messy to handle with your fingers and give you a nice tatto on your leg, but they all work great.
re: Chain Lube???grz mnky
May 7, 2001 5:03 PM
This topic has discussed a bunch, but not in a while. There are two camps: the White Lightning crowd and the Goo Gang. The WL crowd likes that everything is clean and dry while the GG advocate that you have to get the stuff in there and it has to be around for it to work.

Personally I'm in the Goo Gang and like the Finish Line products. My wife is on the White Lightning side of things and I get in big trouble if I cross the line on her bike, but then she doesn't answer to the name of Mrs. Grz Mnky and I've never been accused of being a neat freak. Somehow they both work and both have their limitations. I'd rather not listen to the squeaking and have to buy new parts.
re: Chain Lube???DaveG
May 7, 2001 6:34 PM
The needs for road can be somewhat different. If you ride in dry conditions, your chain is not going to be subject to all the crud that a Mtn bike is. Stuff like Pedro's Dry and White Lightning can work better here. This year I switched to a "homebrew" of 1 part Mobil 1 and 3 parts mineral spirits. This is working great so far. It has low dirt attraction, cleans the chain on re-application, and is CHEAP (three 4oz bottles of WL or ProLink costs as much as a new chain). Before that I used White Lightning which works OK but require more frequent application and can cause a waxy crud buildup if you apply it too thick. I've also had good results with Finish Line Dry - less frequent application than WL but more dirt attraction.
Point counterpointKerry Irons
May 7, 2001 6:47 PM
Dave says his home made lube is the same as ProLink, but a lot cheaper. I won't challenge either statement, but I will say that a 4 oz. bottle of ProLink is probably good for 15K miles of riding. So if that cost is a problem, go with the home made. Otherwise, ProLink has a lot of fans as it simultaneously cleans the chain (wipe, lube, wipe on application) and is an excellent lube, typically lasting 300 or miles between applications. Other lubes have their fans as well, including those who claim that WD-40 is actually a lubricant.
Eh?....muncher
May 11, 2001 4:52 AM
Kerry - WD40 is a lubricant isn't it? Not sure what you are getting at - I ask as I tend to use it in really wet weather and it works great??

Thanks for your thoughts - M.
Eh?....lonefrontranger
May 13, 2001 1:30 AM
umm, no it's not. It's a rust and lube *remover*, not a lubricant. I use it to clean really filthy drivetrains that won't respond to citrus degreaser, and also to remove that awful gummy crap they put on new chains to ship them. But you must re-lube, or else you're leaving your chain completely dry and exposed to the elements.

Used to think the same thing, then I worked in an aircraft machine tool shop with an aerospace engineer who really got me into bike racing- he was appalled that I used WD-40 on my drivetrain and explained why. FYI Boeshield is very good for wet conditions.
Eh?....muncher
May 16, 2001 1:56 AM
Oh right - thanks. I notice that it says lube on the tin though (wonder if the US/UK stuff is different?) Anyway, guess it works in the wet as the strip off of the lube beneath keeps the chain more free of stuff that you would normally pick up? Or it may be that it doesn't have as much of an effect on my graphite-based dry weather lube - GT57 - as it does on other lubes? Who knows....
Eh?....lonefrontranger
May 13, 2001 1:32 AM
umm, no it's not. It's a rust and lube *solvent*, not a lubricant. I use it to clean really filthy drivetrains that won't respond to citrus degreaser, and also to remove that awful gummy crap they put on new chains to ship them. But you must re-lube, or else you're leaving your chain completely dry and exposed to the elements.

Used to think the same thing, then I worked in an aircraft machine tool shop with an aerospace engineer who really got me into bike racing- he was appalled that I used WD-40 on my drivetrain and explained why. FYI Boeshield is very good for wet conditions.
RECOMMEND BOESHIELD T-9.KK
May 7, 2001 7:44 PM
Boeshield T-9 is the best overall lubricant that I have ever used. Lasts longer than White Lightning and appears to be just as clean.
re: Chain Lube???zelig1
May 8, 2001 6:26 AM
I happily used Pedro's syn lube for years. A couple of years ago I bought three, 4 oz. bottles of Prolink. Again, the stuff's fine. Different and certainly noisier than other wet lubes, its functional and wear on drive-line componenets is no greater, perhaps actually less, than wet lubes. I don't find the self-cleaning feature to be great (buildup on the inside of the side plates and any area you cannot wipe down doesn't come clean as its not a solvent). I generally clean the chain separately and then apply the lube. Depending on how much wet weather riding is done, I usually relube about every 300 miles. For the conditions I ride in, wet and often rainy road miles, the type of lube is not as critical as cleaning and lubing the chain regularly.
Rock n Roll lubeskeith m.
May 8, 2001 7:29 AM
I use rock n roll lubes' absolute dry. Goes on wet, then evaporates leaving behind the stuff that works. Wipe off the excess and there you have it, clean lubed chain.
Where did you find it?(NM)grandemamou
May 9, 2001 5:23 PM
www.rocklube.comkeith m.
May 10, 2001 7:45 AM
absolute dry.
TriflowDog
May 10, 2001 8:31 AM
I've used Triflow since the 70's. I've tried a dozen other things, but always come back to Triflow. It seems to lube better than the dry lubes, and doesn't build up a gummy mess like the waxes. Just my experience. It just plain works.

Doug
Triflowkeith m.
May 10, 2001 1:05 PM
I started out using triflow, but got tired of cleaning the black mess off of the cassette and rings.
TriflowGab
May 11, 2001 7:33 AM
guys, i'm been using triflow for a year and i consider product is excelence, every time i use it i just let dry and wipe off the excess...works excelence in every moving part of my bike......
A home-made concoction recommended by othersmike mcmahon
May 10, 2001 11:03 PM
I used go use Tri-Flow but found it too messy, especially because I was frequently flatting at the time. I've been using White Lightning for the past three years but have gotten tired of lubing my chain every 80-100 miles. Posters on another board (and perhaps here) have extolled the virtues of a home-made mixture of Mobil 1 oil and odorless mineral spirits as a chain lube. The general consensus on mixture seems to be 2 parts Mobil 1 to 1 part mineral spirits. I just mixed my first batch tonight and lubed my chain with it. I'll post the results after a few rides.
re: Chain Lube???CAAD4
May 12, 2001 1:01 AM
One more for BOESHIELD T-9. It's made by Boeing so you know it's not WD-40. It's also waterproof.