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ProLink Chain Lube and Noise(12 posts)

ProLink Chain Lube and Noisekyvdh
May 15, 2002 9:12 AM
For those of you that have used ProLink Chain lube did your chain make more noise than wet or wax lubes? I've just switched to Prolink from Triflow and love the cleaner look and less crud but it seems to be quite a bit noisier. I don't mind but I also don't want to grind my chain to tiny pieces.

re: ProLink Chain Lube and Noisetarwheel
May 15, 2002 10:38 AM
Are you putting enough ProLink on the chain? The first application, in particular, I think you're supposed to coat the chain pretty liberally, let it soak in a while, and then wipe off the excess. I used White Lightening before switching to ProLink, and my chain is no noisier and perhaps quieter. I got 5,000 miles on my last chain, so it must be doing the job.
re: ProLink Chain Lube and Noisenetso
May 15, 2002 11:13 AM
I quit using ProLink for this very fact. Here I had a $4k+ bike and my chain sounded like it came of a rust bucket. I went back to wax.
Me too went back to air tool oildzrider
May 15, 2002 11:24 AM
We all await the product that keeps chains both spotless and silent. Noise bothers me more than dirt.
Didn't work wonders for me eitherpmf1
May 15, 2002 12:27 PM
The stuff is just odd smelling oil. I bought two bottles and was never real impressed with it. The bottles are nice though. I was using a home made mixture of mineral spirits and motor oil that worked pretty well, but attracted the dirt even quicker. I've gone back to using Finish Line Dry Lube.
re: ProLink Chain Lube and Noisegrandemamou
May 15, 2002 11:25 AM
I switched from HGNR a few weeks ago. It may be a little noisier but not much. It's definitely cleaner. I've tried Triflow,Whitelightning,Pedros Ice wax and HGNR over the last few years. IMO Prolink has the best balance between cleanliness and ease of application, closely followed by HGNR. I don't find the noise to be that big a deal.

The squeeking of my Look cleats is another matter.
re: ProLink Chain Lube and NoiseSnowBlind
May 15, 2002 11:29 AM
I've gotten the best results with ProLink dabbed with a few drops of TriFlow here and there on the chain. Takes awhile to smooth out after a good cleaning, but the noise goes away after about 10 miles.
BTW, water exposure makes ProLink useless, so if you get it wet, you have to reapply.
Tip for youNessism
May 15, 2002 11:59 AM
If you want a quiet chain, keep it oiled. Yes, oil is messy. But your chain will be quiet and last a long time.

Prolink is quite lite on the oil, thus the noise.
May 15, 2002 1:18 PM
I can't imagine what you're doing wrong. ???? My chains run whisper quite and ultra clean with pro-link.

How often are you putting the stuff on??? I use it once every 200 miles (which is every week).

good luck
same experience...C-40
May 15, 2002 1:51 PM
I found prolink to leave the chain noisy and occasionally squeaky if I didn't apply a lot. I much prefer homemade prolink or "clean and lube" as I like to call it. Just mix 3-4 parts mineral spirits to 1 part synthetic motor oil. Apply heavily and wipe thoroughly to clean and lube the chain at the same time. Apply the lube with plenty of drying time before riding, or it will be messy. I never have a problem with build-up and never have to remove the chain for cleaning.
Not me.look271
May 15, 2002 4:15 PM
Like Johny G, I love the stuff. Apply it 1x per week or so. Noise? You must not be using enough or maybe you have ultra-sensitive hearing? =) Used it in a century that was wet most of the ride. It shifted flawlessly. Yes, I had to reapply after the ride, but wouldn't you do that with any lube?
re: ProLink Chain Lube and NoiseWoof the dog
May 15, 2002 8:38 PM
you want lube in the little bushings, not on the outside, or at least only a little bit. The chain wears at the pin and thus gets longer. The noise that you hear is the rollers contacting the chain as well as chain pins rubbing against the adjacent cogs. It certainly doesn't mean the chain is wearing as we speak. As long as you lube it often and it doesn't squeak like a dry chain would, ProLink is the best. I would also try some Boeshield. I heard and saw positive results with this lube as well. Anything else out there is crap.

Woof the dog.