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Found a new way to lube my chain(19 posts)

Found a new way to lube my chainb_spiwak
May 28, 2002 4:44 PM
This is my routine:
1) spray entire chain with degreaser and clean several times with toothbrush, then wash off the cleaner and dry the chain

2) apply Finish Line "Dry Lube" link by link; work through entire chain by back pedaling for a couple minutes

3) let it sit for a few hours, then wipe off

4) THIS IS THE IMPORTANT STEP: on a rag, spray some WD 40 and then hold the chain with the rag while pedaling, which will cause the WD 40 to go on the chain. Let the WD 40 sit on the chain for a few hours, then wipe off excess.

I find that putting the WD 40 after the lube helps to keep the chain free of rust. It also stays lubed longer, stays cleaner, and is easier to clean (when you decide to clean it). Anyway, after 2 years of cycling, I finally nailed this very misterious part of the sport: keeping your drivetrain in good shape. Just thought I'd share this with you...
no, you are doing it all wrongWoof the dog
May 28, 2002 7:57 PM
Get a powerlink. Open it up, toss the chain into Paint thinner. Shake, let stand 15 min. Mop it up after taking it out, spray lots of WD-40 straight on the chain, wipe dry. Add prolink liberally, let it dry, toss it on and off you go. Shouldn't take too long. Or you could buy a can of Pedro's biodegreaser and skip the paint thinner and wd-40.I do it after downpours or probably ten times a year, hehe.


Woof, the dog that smells like prolink.
chain maintenancebikerfox1
May 28, 2002 8:11 PM
Woof has the right smell on this one. WD-40 is a solvent, not a lubricant! I leave the chain on the bike, liberally spray WD-40 on the chain a few times, continuing to degrease the chain. Finally, i use a bit of Prolink, too. Lasts for two weeks (8 rides).
Is this why you rider
May 29, 2002 3:32 AM
jump in streams and once coming out of water shake yourself dry? Especially when you by someone. Sounds like the same technic to your chain cleaning process.

Just kidding Woof

re: Found a new way to lube my chainJimP
May 29, 2002 4:16 AM
The process of removing the chain and using a solvent is good but I think using a chain-cleaning box on the bike may remove more junk from between the links since the chain is moving through the solvent. I use naptha since it doesn't leave a sticky residue when it evaporates. I also prefer using hot wax that penetrates into the links for lubrication since it 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 by lifting up the seal when I clean and wax the chain. I also take the cassette and chain-rings off and clean them in naptha.
oh, brother!!Alexx
May 29, 2002 4:20 AM
Not only is WD-40 the WORST stuff you can put on a chain, but if your chain actually RUSTS, you have a cheap piece-of-junk sub $10 chain, anyway. SRAM, Shimano and Campy all make chains for about $20 that will not rust. Off-brand cheap chinese plain steel chains are only for the cheapskates out there. Spend a few bucks on a decent chain-it's worth the extra $10.
Oh, BTW, it sounds like you are putting on 10 times the lube you need. This justs attacts more dirt. Spraying degreaser just makes an unholy mess. The chain needs to be swirlded around IN the degreaser. Clean the chain, dry it, mount it, then just put a little oil inside the links-not all over eveything! Then, wipe the outside off.
If you are mixing a wax-based lube with petroleum (either the WD-40 or a petroleum degreaser), you are wasting money.
May 29, 2002 5:29 AM
All my chains - Campy, Shimano, Sachs - will rust if they get wet and you don't dry them. It's a function of the materials in them, not the manufacturing process - there isn't a rust-free steel on the market....

You do need some lube on the whole of the chain as well as the links - to lessen the wear on chain/teeth as it passes over teeth.
You guys actually do this?Sintesi
May 29, 2002 5:25 AM
I lube my chain w/ Pedros or Pro-link wipe off the excess and ride. Never took a chain off and cleaned it in my life. Toothbrush on the links? Overkill IMHO.
my chain careDougSloan
May 29, 2002 5:51 AM
Here is where I'm at with chain care:

1. Lube chain well once a week with any decent lubricant; wipe off excess with rag.

2. Chain gets dirty enough to clean, replace it. It probably needed replacing anyway.

May 29, 2002 5:55 AM
You must have a very nice weather. I would be on a chain a week in winter here in the UK on your system....
May 29, 2002 6:08 AM
Yes, we get about 7 inches of rain a year, and most all of it in the winter. I suppose that does matter. :-)
May 29, 2002 6:24 AM
That would be about a week's worth....
one more stepColnagoFE
May 29, 2002 7:35 AM
I use prolink which is supposed to keep the chain cleaner. After a ride I wipe down the chain and that is about all the "cleaning" I ever do. I rarely ride in the rain though.
where do you get Prolink, anyway? can't find it nmDougSloan
May 29, 2002 7:47 AM
I get it at the LBS. Alternately, you can go to:look271
May 29, 2002 9:21 AM Buy it oline. That's how I got my 1st bottles. Their little "luber" comes in handy, too.
May 29, 2002 10:09 AM
A couple in town (Boulder, CO) sell it. I usually get 500 or so miles per application depending on conditions. I'd ask your LBS to carry it unless you want to buy a huge quantity of it over the net. Make sure you like it first. I think this is the best all-around lube I've found for road bikes. I still use white lightning on my mtb though--it stays cleaner in really dirty conditions though WL isn't too good in wet conditions, but then again I rarely ride in wet/muddy conditions.
May 29, 2002 6:09 AM
for taking the time to post your results. But the Woof
process is a far better one. Give it a try and post again.
WD40 will clean off your lube (nm)ColnagoFE
May 29, 2002 7:33 AM
that's MISTER anal-retentive to you!Me Dot Org
May 29, 2002 9:17 AM
1. Spray chain liberally with Simple Green. Wipe off grease with paper towel.

2. Degrease cassette and front rings with Simple Green and shop rags.

3. Using bulk orange degreaser from Home Depot, fill Finish Line chain cleaner, clamp over chain, backpedal 60 revolutions.

4. Dump degreaser in sink, rinse brushes.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 two more times.

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4, substituting alchohol for degreaser. Wipe dry.

7. Clean rest of bike. (Meanwhile, alcohol evaporates).

9. Using a syringe bottle filled with ProLub, lube chain, one drop per link. Spin chain backwards, holding paper towel against outside of links to clean off excess.

10. Go on bicycle ride with Martha Stewart. Blow her away.