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Winter Lube...cold and wet conditions in Germany...?(4 posts)

Winter Lube...cold and wet conditions in Germany...?DT
Nov 24, 2002 11:37 PM
I moved to Ramstein, Germany, this past July from Columbus, Mississippi...the riding here is unbelievable compared to there!! I live on the side of the largest hill around...not exactly L'Alpe D'Huez, but there's a 2 mile 12% climb up the backside of it. Anyway, my question is this...I've been using White Lightning for as long as I can remember, but it gets colder and a lot wetter here than anywhere I've been in the last 5 years (Mississippi and North Carolina). Yesterday I decided to clean my bike and noticed the waxy buildup on the pulleys was pretty hard and chunky. There was no rust on the chain, though, so is that telling me the ends justify the means? Anyone have any other suggestions for cold, wet conditions? Thanks!
Nov 25, 2002 7:34 AM
dont put too much onbenja15
Nov 25, 2002 3:41 PM
clean your chain periodically, with a clamp on chain cleaner once a month and oil your chian like every other ride, but dont put too much on or you will get more buildup

Also, i think they say wet lube for wet conditions and dry lube for dry conditions
Prolink (or home brew)Kerry
Nov 25, 2002 5:06 PM
Assuming we're talking road riding, use the following technique for successful ProLink application and use:
1 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
2 - sluice on ProLink while pedaling (forward is better) so that the chain starts to drip lube. Aim the lube between the side plates and between the bushings and the side plates.
3 - run through all the gears several times, front and back.
4 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
5 - repeat 2-4 if the chain was really dirty

If you do this every 300 miles or so, you will not get any significant gunky buildup, and you won't have to clean the chain. You'll need to lube each time you get caught in the rain for any distance. If you can't get Prolink, dilute any good oil about 4 parts of odorless mineral spirits (paint thinner) and make your own lube.