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Home-brew chain lube proponents(4 posts)

Home-brew chain lube proponentsJimP
Sep 5, 2003 10:30 AM
Ok, now I am trying a home-brew chain lube. I was one of the holdouts for hot wax. I have been using a can of Performance TufWax that I bought several years ago. I first use one of the chain cleaning boxes with naptha to remove most of the grunge. I don't take the chain off the bike but remove it from the front and rear DR and loop it down into a jar of hot wax. This method has worked quite well but the home-brew discussions have gotten me to try it. I still used the chain cleaning box with naptha and then put some home-brew in another chain box and repeated the process to lube the chain. This may be a better way to get the lube between the chainplates. Now I will see if the chain stays as clean and lubed as it did with the hot wax.

It won't stay as clean, butMel Erickson
Sep 5, 2003 11:19 AM
oil does a better job lubricating than wax does and it's alot easier to apply, so you'll do it more often. I'd bet you'll get a quieter, longer lasting, chain. I waxed many years ago (late 70's - early 80's) and I like my home brew much better.
re: Home-brew chain lube proponentstarwheel
Sep 5, 2003 12:07 PM
I've never tried waxing a chain (too much like work), but have used wax-based lubes like White Lightning. I found ProLink to be a much better and cleaner lube than White Lightning. However, I started using homebrew this summer with good results. It seems to hold up better in wet conditions than ProLink and is just as clean. I just squirt homebrew on each link in the chain while turning the crank, wipe down and let it sit awhile before riding. My chain is very quiet using homebrew, which suggests it's doing the job.
re: Home-brew chain lube proponentsbimini
Sep 5, 2003 2:11 PM
I started using it this year also. It won't be quite as clean as the wax, but the drive train runs much quiter and smoother. To keep it the cleanest, wipe the chain well after lubing to get as much of the lube off the outside as possible. Collects less dirt.

I mixed up 2 batches. One normal 10w30 motor oil and one Castrol Synthetic 10w30. The normal motor oil seems to run cleaner and collect less dirt. Can't explain why.