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Cheaper chain lube?(12 posts)

Cheaper chain lube?ibhim
Mar 30, 2003 10:56 AM
I currently use ProLink chain lube and happy with it. Particurally like the way flushes grime out or displaces water from the interior parts on the links to wipe off as you re-lube.

I don't know true it is, but I heard ProLink is nothing more the synthetic motor oil (like Mobil 1) and mineral spirits (odorless preferred) in either a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio (the 1 part is oil). The mineral spirits is what allows the oil to reach the inner links, provides the flushing effect, then evaporates, leaving the oil as the primary lubricant. It certainly would be a lot cheaper.

Is the above correct?
Anybody use this? Any problems?
Which is the correct ratio 1:2 or 1:3?

I use homebrew..DINOSAUR
Mar 30, 2003 11:23 AM
I use a homebrew solution of either 1:3 or 1:5 (I can't remember which one I made last time). I use plain old 30W motor oil. This is my third year of using this stuff, it's cheap and I can make a batch that will last about a year or so. I wipe off my chain after each ride and apply a light coat of the homebrew solution. The odorless mineral spirits cuts the oil and allows it to penetrate into the inner links as it evaporates as you mentioned, otherwise it would be too thick. I've used various other types of chain lube, including Prolink. A lot of it depends on the riding conditions of where you live. I rode a couple of weeks in the San Jose Ca area and my chain got dirty and filthy after just one ride because of all the grit and grime on the road. It probably really doesn't matter what you use as long as you keep the chain clean and lubricated. The homebrew is cheap and it works just as good as anything. But don't mess around using a bunch of different stuff or your chain will end up being a gooey mess, stick with the same thing...
Is the "1 part" the oil or the mineral spirits? nmPdxMark
Mar 30, 2003 12:02 PM
Is the "1 part" the oil or the mineral spirits? nmibhim
Mar 30, 2003 2:13 PM
The 1 part is the oil

2 (3 or 5) part is the mineral spiirits

As always, I keep my entire bike clean. When washing it I spray 'citrus orange' to the chain as a degreaser, when dry, relube
Another Homebrewer here12x23
Mar 30, 2003 2:28 PM
I mix my brew 3:1 (odorless mineral spirits/Mobil 1 Synthetic) in an empty B&L Renu contact lens cleaning solution bottle ... just the right amount dribbles on the chain when lubing. I lube my chains every two hundred miles or so.
Yeah, I forgot it's 3:1..DINOSAUR
Mar 30, 2003 4:30 PM
It's been so long since I've made the stuff; it's 3 parts odorless mineral spirits to 1 part of motor oil (synthetic or whatever you prefer to use)......I'll have log this in my bike maintenance log so I don't forget....
re: Cheaper chain lube?seabear
Mar 30, 2003 5:49 PM
Try psycho lube products.
Works well for me.

homebrew application....C-40
Mar 30, 2003 6:52 PM
I use a mixture of 4 to 5 parts mineral spirits to one part synthetic motor oil to "clean and lube" the chain. Apply the mixture heavily, to the lower section of chain between the rear derailleur and the crank. Catch the excess with a paper towel (folded to 8 layers thick) held under the chain. Wipe each section of the chain, before rotating the crank to the next section. When the entire chain has been lubed, spin the cranks several turns, wiping the chain with the wet towel. The wet towel can also be used to clean the cogs and chainrings. Follow up with a dry towel. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes. The lubing should be done long before riding, to allow time for the mineral spirits to evaporate (otherwise it will splatter all over the rear wheel).

If done at least once a week (more often in dirty conditions), the chain will never need removal for additional cleaning or lubricating. Personally, I apply the lube every other ride and wipe the chain after every ride. If you happen to neglect the chain for more than a week, apply the lube twice, to enhance the cleaning effect.
Air tool oil - works like Pro-Link - $3.99 for 16 oz bottle - nmdzrider
Mar 31, 2003 5:20 AM
John Forester Effective Cycling recipe:SnowBlind
Mar 31, 2003 1:47 PM
1 part SAE 90
1 part Parrifin wax
5 parts white gas.
Would go on wet and "dry" as the gas evaporated.
Produces a self shedding wax based lube sorta like White Lightning. Works great on a fixed.
Certianly would not want to light up one around this stuff!.
yet another satisfied homebrewerDaveG
Mar 31, 2003 7:26 PM
I use a 3:1 ratio of mineral spirits to Mobil 1. I apply about every 150 miles. It has worked as well for me as any other bike lube I've tried.
re: Cheaper chain lube?ibhim
Apr 1, 2003 5:19 AM
Wow, quite a few responses, all positive.

Thanks for clarifying the ratio.

Particurally like the suggestion for a contac lens solution bottle as a managable container,

Don't know about the gasoline reciept, guess there is an advantage to not smoking. Don't think I will try either though. Will stick with the mineral spirits and oil,