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White Lightning chain lube?(10 posts)

White Lightning chain lube?ErikofEdmonds
Aug 29, 2003 6:17 AM
Is White Lightning any good? Lately, I put the stuff on my chain before a ride, and by the time a 30-50 mile ride (in dry weather) is over, the chain is squeaking already!! What's up with that?
Is the bottle almost empty?divve
Aug 29, 2003 6:30 AM
I only use it on my MTB but I noticed whenever the bottle is almost empty it doesn't last nearly as long. My guess is that the teflon/active ingredient level has become too low to provided a sufficiently lubricating mixture.
Is the bottle almost empty?ErikofEdmonds
Aug 29, 2003 7:43 AM
No - the bottle is nearly full still. When it sits for a few days, the ingredients separate, with a clear material on top, underlain by a milky white material. I give the bottle a good shake prior to application.
Shake what your momma gave ya!russw19
Aug 29, 2003 8:03 AM
Shake it like it was a girl you really wanted to slap, but weren't allowed to!

OK, serious now... shake it up really really well. And don't ride it when it's wet out... it's a dry lube. Best for Arizona type climates. Also, use it pretty liberally, then ride around the block and shift thru all your gears so the wax coats the whole chain and all the cogs, then come back to your workstand and wipe off the excess (from the chain.) If that doesn't help, you really ought to try a different type of lube. This one may just not be right for you and your environment. Try basic Finish Line Teflon jube instead.

Is the bottle almost empty?divve
Aug 29, 2003 9:48 AM
I always pop a couple of loose ball bearings in a bottle to help the mixing. I try to apply it well in advance the night before I go riding, make sure you get it between the rollers, rotate the chain for 30 seconds, wipe excess off with towel when almost dry, second application, wipe off again when dry, repeat for the 3rd time. Next time after it has built up you'll only have to do one or maybe two applications at a go. Admittedly it doesn't last long. I have to apply it after every single MTB ride, but it's the only lube that keeps my chain from going crunchy in my conditions.
Yes it sucks!the bull
Aug 29, 2003 1:50 PM
If your going to use wax use Pedroes Ice wax.
Its what I used to use and it works good!

I have found a new lube though and so far it is awesome.
Better than any triflow or prolink.

Its called Boeshied!
Good stuff.
It has wax, oil and solvent.
Smells good too!
Only one thing though.
$$$$$$$$$ I think it was 15 bucks for the can.
Boeshield T-9Ironbutt
Aug 30, 2003 9:59 AM
This is really good stuff! I have been using it for about five years now, and have found it to be truly remarkable as both an extreme pressure lubricant and corrosion inhibitor. If you go to either an industrial supply house or a marine supply house you can get it cheaper than at most bike shops. Boaters love the stuff because it's such a good rust preventative.
Boeshield = new?Kerry Irons
Aug 31, 2003 5:26 PM
Boeshield has been around for at least a decade, and guess what - it never catches on. The reason is that while people tend like it on first use, it tends to build up a lot of gunk on the chain because it leaves a waxy residue. It's reasonably good as a pure lube, but it doesn't do well when viewed as the whole package. It has it's devotees, and they're always claiming that others don't apply it right or they'd love it too, but it's not that great.
Well ...the bull
Aug 31, 2003 5:48 PM
New for me.
I am using a lube that is new to me.
You probally don't like it because you dont know how to apply it! :)

It seems to work good if you spray it on the chain and wipe with a rag like you are cleaning it.
Then when it drys the waxy residue is the lube,right?
This is the kind of lube I like anyway,a wax.
Pedros is damn good stuff.
The only thing is water tends to break it down.
This stuff has wax oils and solvents.
I think it is pretty cool.
Im not going to stand 100% on its side right now because I just started using it.
Let it dry 2-5 hours before riding (per instructions)Bacco
Aug 29, 2003 5:59 PM
I apply it when I return from riding, so the chain is ready to go the next time I ride. It works well for me - I have a clean and quiet chain. I haven't tried Pedro's Ice Wax or the Finish Line Krytec Paraffin, but they are suppose to be good too. The latter is suppose to do better in the rain. Any lubricant that doesn't trap grit will protect your chain better in the long run, that is why I like White Lightning Original.