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New Campy chain...lube it or not??(5 posts)

New Campy chain...lube it or not??Alpine
May 28, 2001 8:42 PM
This Campy 10spd chain seemed to be well lubed right out of the bag and the papers mention everything you'd want to know about the chain to include suggesting the regular clean/lube cycle. It doesn't mention an initial lube so is it good to go?

Also, I just ran out of my White Lightning. What is the race industry standard these days?
re: New Campy chain...lube it or not??NoName
May 29, 2001 8:36 AM
Yeah Dude, it's ready to go!! As for lube I use the campy lube, it works great, you just have to dry the chain a little bit with a piece of cloth after you apply. you can also try Finish line dry lube, no need to dry the chain after applying, it works really well too.

Happy Riding!!
re: New Campy chain...lube it or not??MrCelloBoy
May 29, 2001 10:13 AM
That sticky stuff they put on the new chains is really hard to get off. My LBS owner sugested using White Lightning over it and eventually it was "cleaned" off.
most all chainsColnagoFE
May 29, 2001 10:14 AM
have factory llube on them to begin with. ride it a while before cleaning and aplying the lube of your choice.
Try "clean and lube"...C-40
May 29, 2001 2:38 PM
Also known as home made Prolink. It's a mixture of 3 to 6 parts mineral spirits to 1 part synthetic motor oil. Apply the mixture heavily to the lower section of chain between the crank and derailleur, catching the excess with a folded paper towel, held under the chain. Wipe each section of the chain with the towel, before rotating the crank to the next section. When the entire chain has been lubed, spin the cranks several turns, wiping 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. If done at least once a week (more often in dirty conditions), the chain will never need removal for additional cleaning. If you happen to neglect the chain for more than a week, apply the lube twice, to enhance the cleaning effect. The lubing should be done long before riding, to allow time for the mineral spirits to evaporate. What's left behind is a very light coating of oil.

I've recently begun experimenting with a very light mixture of 5 to 6 parts mineral spirits to one part 0-30 weight synthetic oil. Results look promising so far. The chain stays cleaner than a heavier mix, but still adequately lubed for a week of riding.