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I've got the squeaky drivetrain blues...(2 posts)

I've got the squeaky drivetrain blues...345
May 27, 2002 11:53 AM
My drivetrain squeaks when under load. I threw the bike up on a stand and the source seemed to be the pulley wheels. I wiped them down thoroughly and sprayed on some Tri-flow, but the squeak remained. I wiped down the chain and lubed it with Pedro's Ice Wax and the squeak disappeared.

Problem solved, right?

Unfortunately not! Within only 20 miles of riding the squeak begin to slowly reappear. So what does this mean? Is Ice Wax crap that needs to be re-applied every 20 miles? I doubt it. Did lubing the chain mask another problem temporarily? Is the Tri-flow simply the wrong stuff for the job?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Well, actually...amflyer
May 27, 2002 3:39 PM
I think the Ice Wax does only last about 20 miles. I'm not a big fan of that stuff.

I would really soak the chain with the tri-flow, then backpedal for a bit, and wipe off. I lot of the Ice wax residue should come off too.

By the way, I have heard that the ice wax lube is water-based, or at least has some of the wet stuff in it, and people have atually reported getting rust from using it! Don't know if it is true, but that would certainly lead to a squeak or two.

Try the Tri-flow, se if it helps.