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campy record 10 maintanance(3 posts)

campy record 10 maintananceMr. clean
Nov 7, 2001 5:08 PM
I could use a few pointers in record 10 basic chain maintanance. What should I use as an lubricant? I have been told to stay away from teflon based and "waxed" products. One guy told me "WD40 works on anything? Isn't WD40 a solvent. And shouldn't a chain be cleaned before applying an lubricant? Do you use a degreaser before applying a proper lubicant. If someone could give the basics on this I would appreciate. Record 10 is a joy to ride and I want to keep it that way.
"clean and lube"C-40
Nov 7, 2001 5:36 PM
I use a mixture of 4 to 5 parts mineral spirits to one part synthetic motor oil to "clean and lube" the chain. A used Prolink chainlube bottle makes a great applicator. Apply the mixture heavily, to the lower section of chain between the rear derailleur and the crank. Catch the excess with a folded paper towel, 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 with the wet towel. The wet towel can also be used to clean the cogs, derailleur pulleys 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 and there will never be any lubricant build-up. 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 after riding, to allow time for the mineral spirits to evaporate (leaving only a thin coating of oil) before the next ride. This stuff is a wet lube, so expect a slight wet/black look to the chain after riding. A wipe with a dry towel after each ride will keep the chain looking good.

I've used this process for the last 3 seasons. It yields excellent chain life. My chains measure less than 1/16 inch stretch in 4 feet, or 1/4 the maximum wear after 3500 miles. I still change the chain every year, it's cheap insurance against problems.
Record tenPaulCL
Nov 8, 2001 6:19 AM
Beyond the chain, lube the shifters also. Not as much or as often, but do it a couple of times per year.

Pull back the hoods and squirt or drip some lube into the mechanism. My set kinda "froze" up last week. I was on the verge of tearing them apart and doing a rebuild. It was suggested to me to lube them, which I had never done before. After a day or so of 'soaking in', the shifters are back to their normal, smooth shifting.

By the way...I used to use 'white lighttening' on my 10spd chain. I got 4500 miles out of the chain. Recently, I switched to "tri-flow" just becuase I couldn't stand the heavy wax gunk everywhere.