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Experiences with Tri-Flow(7 posts)

Experiences with Tri-FlowCheezhead
May 27, 2002 9:54 AM
Hey all. I just bought Tri-Flow chain lube... guy at the shop said it was the fastest stuff out there. I'm wondering if any of you guys use this stuff, your experiences with it, and the best way to apply it. I just got done with my chain, and all I did was wipe off any gunk, meticulously apply a drop of Tri-Flow to every link, let it sit for a minute, then turn the cranks for a while to work the stuff in. After that, I wiped off any excess. This sound ok? Thanx for your help!

Say Cheez
re: Experiences with Tri-FlowHBPat
May 27, 2002 10:41 AM
Tri-Flow is pretty good. Honestly I don't think the kind of lube you use makes much of a difference (unless you ride in slop, then get a parafin wax based one) as long as you use it properly. Your method sounds pretty much like what everybody else does, although I don't think you need to be quite as meticulous. You're fine just cleaning your chain and then applying it as you turn the crank. It will get worked in everywhere within a few rotations. No need to spen half an hour lubing your chain.
re: Experiences with Tri-FlowPaulCL
May 27, 2002 10:44 AM
That's exactly how I use the stuff. Link by link, turn the cranks, let it sit overnight sometimes, then wipe it off real well. If you don't wipe it off, you'll have a black chain a few miles into your next ride. Paul
Lubed well but left me with a dirty chainMcAndrus
May 27, 2002 11:13 AM
As a long time White Lightning user, I used some at a mechanic's recommendation. It lubed very well and made the chain very quiet but it gunked it up, even though I applied it as you described. Well, maybe not every link.

I don't like to clean my chain after every ride, so I switched back to White Lightning.
re: Experiences with Tri-Flowcurlybike
May 27, 2002 1:11 PM
Tri-flow is the nastiest staining stuff I have ever used. It is really difficult to wash off anything, especially yourself.
re: Experiences with Tri-FlowB2
May 27, 2002 1:43 PM
I'm sure it's probably a good lube, but man is it messy!

It's got to be the best dirt magnet there is out there.

Bryan
Bryan is exactly right.Kerry
May 27, 2002 5:30 PM
Tri-Flow is a good lube with good water resistance, but it really attracts dirt. I think this is because you have a hard time wiping off the excess. This is the advantage of ProLink over TriFlow - both good lubes but you can wipe the excess ProLink off and you don't attract nearly as much dirt.