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ProLink Chain Lube(20 posts)

ProLink Chain Lubemorey
Oct 29, 2001 5:22 AM
After all the grief I caught on this thread that my use of Paraffin was definitely antiquated, I decided to use ProLink. I heard that ProLink was the way to go! Well, I used it, my chain was real noisy! I used some more ProLink, still noisy. Decided to go back to Paraffin, noise went away. Guess the chain is old fashioned like me.
However, it did stop the noise.
Nice thing about being mature is not being afraid to try newMB1
Oct 29, 2001 6:44 AM
things and having enough sense to go back to something that works when the new stuff turns out the way most new stuff does.

BTW want to drop by every 2 weeks to clean and Paraffin the chains on our 9 bikes? ;-)
Nice thing about being mature is not being afraid to try newmorey
Oct 29, 2001 6:57 AM
To tell you the truth, I really enjoy doing this. Maybe, I always wanted to be a bicycle mechanic. I really have tried other methods, but they are usually to messy for me. I must admit being a little of a "clean freak"
Nice thing about being mature is not being afraid to try newJohn-d
Oct 29, 2001 7:25 AM
Do you use the paraffin in a chain cleaner gadget or do you attack the chain with a tooth brush, and how do you remove the residue? Do you just wipe off the excess?
Nice thing about being mature is not being afraid to try newmorey
Oct 29, 2001 7:47 AM
I place the chain in mineral spirits, use a tooth brush to clean. Wipe dry and hang for a few. Heat up Paraffin, place chain in hot Paraffin for about 30 sec. Voila! Finis.
Hang up the chain till cool, put back on bike.
mmm!!! that sounds dangerous, but theJohn-d
Oct 29, 2001 8:12 AM
nice thing about being mature is not being afraid to try new.
A "neat freak"? Doesn't sound too neat to me.nigel
Oct 29, 2001 9:42 AM
Removing a chain every couple of weeks or so, scrubbing in mineral spirits with a TOOTHBRUSH, dipping it in hot wax, hanging up to dry, reconnecting, etc.? This sounds not only painstaking, but completely unnecessary in 2001. If it works for you and you swear by it, then far be it from me to advise against it. I simply wipe my chain off after every couple of rides with a rag/paper towel and either apply Pro-Link or--if it's gotten dirtier than usual--spray some degreaser (Simple Green makes a foaming degreaser which is fantastic) on it and wipe it off with a rag, then put the lube on.

My hands stay pretty clean, my floors do too, and so does my chain. No heating this, hanging up that, breaking the chain, reconnecting it (which isn't really that great for a chain, anyway), and all that. Your way doesn't sound particularly neat and tidy to me, Morey.

Again, though: if it works for you, then stick with it. I've found both Pedro's Ice Wax and Pro-Link to do nice jobs on silencing chains. Is your chain an old one? I can't see why it would be so noisy that Pro-Link couldn't silence it.

Best,
Nige
A "neat freak"? Doesn't sound too neat to me.morey
Oct 29, 2001 9:51 AM
The chain is brand new! I have been taking chains off for 30+ years, if one was going to fail, you think I would have had it happen. Believe me my bike is clean, and I take a shower at least once a week.
A "neat freak"? Doesn't sound too neat to me.nigel
Oct 29, 2001 2:53 PM
Good boy!!

Glad not a chain has failed you yet; here's to more clean, silent, and safe rides.

Cheers,
Nige
A "neat freak"? Doesn't sound too neat to me.morey
Oct 30, 2001 4:20 AM
Nigel,
Believe me when I say that I have tried many products, but I always revert to Paraffin. I know it takes longer etc., but it works. I have a friend that uses ProLink, and you cannot get near his chain without a tattoo. I would like to find an alternative. When I have used ProLink on my chain it really gets noisy, almost worrisome.
I found that Ice Wax was much cleaner than Pro-Link.nigel
Oct 30, 2001 7:48 AM
You're right, Morey, about the greasiness of P-L. It smells toxic, like motor oil, and may indeed just be a lighter form of it. I'd been using Ice Wax previously, and not only was my chain DRIER and less oily, but Ice Wax smells pleasant (as all Pedro's products tend to) and not toxic at all.

I've heard that P-L lasts longer than Ice Wax, et al., but I do prefer a cleaner chain, even if it means more frequent applications. Another big plus of Ice Wax is that it's THICK stuff, and drips out only when and where you want it to. P-L is watery, and just gushes out of the bottle, wasting LOTS of it where you don't need it--on the floor. The Ice Wax really sticks to the rollers of one's chain--where you need it--unlike P-L, which goes everywhere, creating a dirtier (and not necessarily better lubed) chain. A smaller bottle of Ice Wax lasted me a lot longer than a larger bottle of P-L, too, because of the consistency of the lube and the fact that none of the Ice Wax gets wasted.

Once I'm done with my bottle of Pro-Link, I'm switching back to Ice Wax; my chain was clean, silent, and a pleasure to work with (not black, like P-L makes it).

Sorry for the long rant/comparison, but I figured someone may want the differences laid out--from my perspective/experience, anyway.

Cheers,
Nige
I found that Ice Wax was much cleaner than Pro-Link.morey
Oct 30, 2001 8:17 AM
I have never used Ice Wax, will try it this weekend!
re: ProLink Chain Lubekeith m
Oct 29, 2001 7:09 AM
I've tried them all, Pro link, Tri flo, synthetic motor oil with mineral spirits, Duralube, you name it, I've tried it. By far the best that I've ever used is Rock 'n' lubes Absolute dry. It goes on and then evaporates leaving behind only the penetrated lube and it not only is quiet, but it stays clean. My gears and chainrings don't get all black and grimey. I recently called Rock lubes to order more and the owner told me that they have a superior product out now just for roadies called "Gold Lube". He said it stays even cleaner than the absolute dry and when he goes on club rides he has people asking him if he even has any lube on because his gears and chain are so clean. He also told me that he has 8000 miles on a campy ten chain so far and just measured it and it's not quite half stretched yet. Needless to say I have ordered some and will post when I have first hand results. Anyone interested can go t RockLubes.com.
Please Repost link, URL doesn't work. nmLen J
Oct 29, 2001 7:29 AM
sorry, it's rocklube.com (nm)keith m
Oct 29, 2001 6:59 PM
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re: ProLink Chain Lubemorey
Oct 29, 2001 7:48 AM
I have not heard of this stuff, will try!!!!
$23 for 16 ounces!!!C-40
Oct 29, 2001 10:26 AM
Wow, that stuff better be good.

I've had great luck with mineral spirits and synthetic oil, mixed as light at 6/1. Keeps things cleaned and lubed and cost almost nothing. It does require a significant amount of wiping, but chain life is as good as reported by Rock Lube. My campy 10 chain shows less than 1/16" stretch in four feet, after 3500 miles, that's less than 1/4 the allowable stretch.
Absolute nonesenseCT1
Oct 29, 2001 5:15 PM
Total load of crap!

PL works VERY good and is the best chain lube I've ever used.

JohnG
sorry john but...keith m
Oct 29, 2001 7:06 PM
I've tried them both and the Pro Link is not as clean as the Rock lube that I used. I'm telling you I've tried them all and this works the best and is by far the cleanest. I just recieved my order of the "Gold" label and cleaned my chain and applied some tonight. I will post in about 150 miles or so of riding and let you know how clean it is and also if it's running nice and smooth and silent. By the way, I don't work for Rock lube or really care if they sell another drop, I just am passing along what I have found to work the best for me. I am a neat freak with my bike and that is one of the reasons I like the Absolute dry.
perhapsCT1
Oct 29, 2001 8:22 PM
I've never tried Rock lube.

PL can be messy if you don't wipe off the excess. Took me a while to get the hang of it actually. Maybe there are simpler lubes to use.... rock lube ??

I was commenting about the "chain noise" issue. The way I use PL my chain is dead quiet. I can sneak up behind someone and they don't even know I'm there.

enjoy and ride on
JohnG