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homebrew chain lube works well(9 posts)

homebrew chain lube works welltarwheel
Aug 19, 2003 8:33 AM
I finally mixed up some homebrew chain lube a couple weeks ago, 3 parts odorless mineral spirits to 1 part motor oil. It does a nice job lubing the chain and you can't beat the price. I got caught in a thunderstorm on Saturday and rode the last 20 miles in the rain, and my chain didn't squeek at all. Dried it off when I got home and relubed, and it was good as new. In general, the chain seems quieter than with other lubes I've tried. I had been using ProLink, and White Lightning before that. Although I've like ProLink, I ran out and decided to mix up some homebrew since I had the mineral spirits and oil on hand.
Sounds like a winner I will try it! A NC hills remedy!!bigrider
Aug 19, 2003 8:53 AM
Now if you could solve the Tarheel Basketball situation you would be a state hero. Ha Ha. At least they have a real coach now. Thanks for the tip. I hate to buy lube products knowing I am getting ripped off, a large price for a little bottle.
hey, anythings better than White Lightning! nmOPUSsum
Aug 19, 2003 9:06 AM
What kind of motor oil?MisJG
Aug 19, 2003 9:35 AM
10W-40, 5W-30, etc. Does it matter?
anything is okay nmdivve
Aug 19, 2003 10:57 AM
What kind of motor oil?tarwheel
Aug 19, 2003 11:11 AM
I used 10W-30 Quaker State. I've heard people recommend Mobil synthetic oil, but it costs a lot more and I don't see what difference it would make.
Non-synthetic is betterchazman
Aug 19, 2003 9:59 PM
I tried both ways and found the synth mixture dries up and squeaks. I use a fairly heavy motor oil about 4 parts MS to one part oil. This has also been working nice on my MTB.

I'm switching over to Prolink for a year to compare since I got a pretty good deal on 12oz.
totally disagree....C-40
Aug 20, 2003 5:15 AM
Synthetic oil will not "dry up" any more readily than conventional oil. It's also a far better lubricant than conventional oil. I use a 5/1 mix and never have a hint of squeak. If you do encounter squeak (common with Pro Link) then you should either increase the frequency of application or increase the proportion of oil in the mix.
I've been using home brew for about 4 years....DINOSAUR
Aug 20, 2003 6:47 AM
I use the 3 to 1 formula. The main advantage is that you can make a batch of the stuff that will last about a year and it's cheap. I use 30W oil as that's what I have on hand. I think the key is keeping you chain clean and lubed and you can do it by wiping your chain after each ride and applying a light coat of lube. Maybe I'll try the synthetic oil, but for now I have enough to last at least another year.......