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Why do some people lube a chain link by link?(11 posts)

Why do some people lube a chain link by link?siclmn
May 27, 2002 8:13 PM
Are these those anal retentive people that I hear about? All I have ever done is spin the chain and lay a line of oil on one side and then the other. Then I go for a ride and wipe it off after the ride. I always use a terrycloth rag and the chain looks shiny when I am done.
I usually floss my chain after each ride- nmfiltersweep
May 27, 2002 8:31 PM
re: Why do some people lube a chain link by link?Akirasho
May 27, 2002 9:30 PM
... seeing as how the bearings themselves are the only part of the chain that needs lube... and that in the small lots that most of us buy the stuff, it's expensive... and drowning the chain in said, then wiping off the excess certainly serves the lube industry (kinda like wash rinse repeat with shampoo) but does little to conserve resouces or lube the chain better... and while it may take only slightly more time to drip/drizzle rather than the abovementioned drowning technique... then yes, those of us who do linkwise oiling... then post lenghty responses like this... are most assuridly anal rententive.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Be very glad...Breakfast
May 27, 2002 10:27 PM
...you're not one of those anal retentive types!
It makes a mess.unchained
May 27, 2002 11:14 PM
Your method causes a build up of lube on the sideplates and links with more thrown into spokes, derailleur, hub, rim, tires, drop-out, crankset, etc, etc. once you ride. Excess lube attracts dirt and dust everywhere it ends up.

It saves time in the long run to apply lube carefully.
Why not exactly?djg
May 28, 2002 8:21 AM
It's easy and fairly quick (I touch each of the rollers with the tip of the bottle as they pass by), it prevents a big mess on my chain, and I don't waste pro link, which isn't cheap. Also, I know that I'm getting lube where it's supposed to go.
same hereColnagoFE
May 28, 2002 9:12 AM
but all you really need is to lube each link...but who has the time to do that? sure it's a bit more messy, but life is too short. i'd rather spend my time riding. i use prolink and it lasts quite a while between applications. just wipe the chain down after each ride and you're good to go. reapply when it gets noisy again.
Not that time consuming!t-bill
May 28, 2002 11:04 AM
I lube link-by-link for all the afore mentioned reasons and it takes me 2 minutes. If you slather it on like ketchup it will surely take longer to clean off the excess lube and all the dirt it picks up along the way.
i've done it both waysColnagoFE
May 28, 2002 11:25 AM
and my chain seems to get about as dirty either way so anymore i don't bother with a precise application. i suppose it depends on the conditions you ride in and how clean you want your drivetrain.
re: Why do some people lube a chain link by link?JimP
May 28, 2002 12:13 PM
The reply that said that "It depends on the conditions you ride in and how clean you want your drivetrain" was right on. When you only drip oil on the chain, you don't get all of the dirt out of the links. The chain my look clean, but there still is a lot of abrasive stuff left there to wear on the pivots. I clean the chain with naptha in a cleaner box until the dirt stops comming out followed by a hot wax application. The hot wax penetrates into the links for lubrication but doesn't attract dirt like an oil. Some people use wax based lubes like T-9 or White Lightning since they will lubricate without attracting dirt but will not remove what is between the links unless you drench the chain several times. Yes, I am anal-retentive about a clean chain, and yes, I carefully clean and lube the jockey-wheel bearings when I clean and wax the chain.
re: Why do some people lube a chain link by link?garhead
May 28, 2002 2:18 PM
I use Perdos Extra Dry Lube & I try to hit every link when I lube every couple hundred miles. Is this OK??? Seldom do I have crud on my chain after I ride. i will actually clean the chain whenever it looks like it might need it, about every 5-600 miles.