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Marvel Mystery Oil ?(5 posts)

Marvel Mystery Oil ?PEDDLEFOOT
May 7, 2003 4:06 AM
Anybody hear of or use Marvel Mystery Oil for a chain lube? Does it work and is it any good?
Not much of a mystery!the bull
May 7, 2003 8:24 AM
Its a fine kerosene-kind of like WD-40.
Would not recomend it to use on a chain to lube.

But why should you care about what I think!
Because you da Bull ;-) Thanks (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
May 7, 2003 9:31 AM
I tried it.jw25
May 7, 2003 11:47 AM
Read something here about somebody using it for chain lube. Since stuff like that is fairly cheap, I went out and got a small bottle, transferred some into an old White Lightning dropper, and gave it a shot.
First off, it's smelly - light petroleum fractions tend to be, and this is no exception. You're not using much on a chain, so health issues are probably moot, but from an esthetic point, it's worse than other chain oils.
Now, light petroleum fractions make good solvents, especially for oil-based dirt, so it'll melt a lot of gunk off your chain. This is good, but it means you'll need to apply heavily, backpedal to get the oil in, and wipe off well. Otherwise, you get a big mess.
I used it for a couple hundred miles, and it seemed fine. Nothing special, but workable. It's an oil, so expect more of a mess than a wax-type lube.
Right now, I'm a Prolink man, but recently I picked up some air tool oil, on a recommendation from this board. $1.98 for 8 ounces, so if it doesn't work, it's not like I'm out the bank.
Only one ride, but it's about the same. The smell's mellower than Prolink, and it seems thicker, but otherwise, it took a lot of gunk off the chain, and rides well so far.
I also picked up some Pedro's Road Rage recently, so I'm not neglecting the boutique stuff.
Funny thing is...the bull
May 7, 2003 1:49 PM
I use air tools all day long.And I think air tool oil is expensive.So I use ATF(auto trans oil)I think its a 5w oil.
It would probally work on a bike chain.But for as much as I spend on my bikes I dont play around(dont get me wrong I spend a fair amount on my air tools as well).I use Ice Wax on my chain.It cleans off with water and my chains look like new!In fact here is a pic of my chain right now and I am not even going to clean it!
Sure it is not spotless but I rode over 200 miles last week!