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prolink questionkoala
Jul 24, 2002 6:15 PM
I recently switched to prolink lube but I noticed that at about 75 miles the most used cogs on the cassette seem to get noisy. This seems early as most say they are lubing at one week intervals. Thoughts? (as soon as I clean and relube it gets quiet)
try "clean and lube"C-40
Jul 25, 2002 4:33 AM
I first purchased Prolink chain lube (directly from the manufacturer) four years ago, after reading about it on another cycling forum. The Prolink representative called me a few weeks after I purchased the product to ask how well I thought it worked. I told him I wasn't impressed (due to the noisy chain) and asked what it was made of. He told me that mineral spirits was the carrier solvent for the special "friction reducer". I ran a little test of my own, placing a small quantity in a dish to let it dry out for a few days. What was left behind looked like plain oil to me. I figured that a high quality oil like synthetic motor oil, mixed with mineral spirits should be just as good. The key to success is not to be stingy with the lube. Prolink's idea of using a tiny amount every time the chain starts squeaking is a recipe for a noisy and short lived chain,IMO.

I've had great luck with "clean and lube" the homemade version of Prolink. Mix 3-5 parts mineral spirits with 1 part synthetic motor oil. I've used this mixture for four seasons now. I've experimented with up to 6 parts mineral spirits, which is the cleanest mix, but requires more frequent application. 4 to 5 parts seems optimum to me. 3 to 1 is thicker than I care for.

I apply the mixture very heavily with an old Prolink bottle. A folded paper towel is used to catch excess and wipe the chain. The heavy application cleans the chain as it's being lubed, eliminating the need to ever remove the chain. If the chain is particularly dirty, a second application can be used. A final wipe down with a dry towel removes as much as possible from the exterior of the chain. Repeat this process every week and you'll get great chain life.

Also apply the lube just after riding to allow plenty of time for the mineral spirits to evaporate. If you apply the stuff just before riding, it will splatter onto your rear wheel and chainstay (just like prolink).
re: noiseChen2
Jul 25, 2002 5:47 AM
A few years ago I switched my 3 bikes to ProLink. In a couple of weeks I noticed noise coming from my chains, not a lot, just a low pitched buzz on all three chains. I switched back to White Lightning and the noise immediately quit. Not happy with the wax build-up from the WL I switched to Boeshield T-9 and I've been happy since. I use rags to clean my chain and other drive train parts and put one drop of T-9 on each link. The chains appear nice an clean all of the time and are very quiet.
the unbelievable has happenedWoof
Jul 25, 2002 9:53 AM
i started using t-9 as well. Prolink is a great lube and cleans your chain a bit better, but t-9 lasts longer with less applications, and since all I want to do is ride these days, its the lube of choice now.

I also stopped cleaning my bike.

Check your techniqueKerry
Jul 25, 2002 6:00 PM
Assuming we're talking road riding, use the following technique for successful ProLink application and use:
1 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
2 - sluice on ProLink while pedaling (forward is better) so that the chain starts to drip lube. Aim the lube between the side plates and between the bushings and the side plates.
3 - run through all the gears several times, front and back.
4 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
5 - repeat 2-4 if the chain was really dirty

If you do this every 300 miles or so, you will not get any significant gunky buildup, and you won't have to clean the chain.
Thanks all.n.m.koala
Jul 26, 2002 5:31 PM