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why shouldn't I use mineral oil on my chain?(18 posts)

why shouldn't I use mineral oil on my chain?ishmael
Oct 21, 2003 10:11 AM
I like the idea of being able to either use it for my bike or drink it for good bowel movements.

If that's not a good idea, what is a good homemade THIN oil?
Mineral Oil probably not very water resistantColnagoFE
Oct 21, 2003 10:18 AM
just guessing, but i think you're best to stick to petroleum based lubes for the bike. Wonder how Vaseline would work? Would be one heck of a mess though!
Wouldn't Vaseline be too thick?Kristin
Oct 21, 2003 10:24 AM
Unless you heated it, it probably wouldn't get inside the chain where you want it. Can you heat Vaseline? Either way, too much work with no cost/environmental benefit.
yeah too thick most likely (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 21, 2003 10:52 AM
Because there's olive oil? (nm)Crankist
Oct 21, 2003 10:36 AM
Yes, it fights the cholesterol that gunks up the chain (nm)JL
Oct 21, 2003 10:44 AM
I said no message (nm)
Mobil 1 5w-30 thinned with mineral spirits ...Humma Hah
Oct 21, 2003 11:29 AM
about parts mineral spirits to one part oil. Actually, any motor oil will do, I just use Mobil 1 in all my motor vehicles. Most folks can make up all they need by just putting a tablespoon of mineral spirits in an oil bottle they've just emptied, and rinsing out the residual oil ... there's enough left over in each quart container to oil several chains.
so ?ishmael
Oct 21, 2003 1:14 PM
what are you saying? what is a mineral spirit? talk to me like I dont know what youre talking about, cus, I dont.
Mineral spiritsKen of Fresno
Oct 21, 2003 1:41 PM
A common paint thinner ...Humma Hah
Oct 22, 2003 8:32 AM
... you can buy it at hardware stores, Home Depot, paint stores. Good cleaning solvent, fairly inexpensive, usually sold in re-sealable metal containers so you can save and re-use it. The modern formulations are "Low VOC", so they're not supposed to pollute as badly as some solvents, and don't stink up the workplace as much.
What the heck do you mean: "homemade . . . oil"?Kerry Irons
Oct 21, 2003 4:36 PM
What oil can you make at home? Or are you just saying that you want to use something other than an actual lubricant for your chain? Why don't you put mineral oil in your car? After all, it would only destroy your engine. But you wouldn't have to use motor oil, would you? Is there some logic here that completely escapes common sense? If you want to avoid actually buying chain lube, then the standard recommendation is 3-4 parts odorless mineral spirits to 1 part motor oil. If you want just a thin oil, then buy some SAE 5 weight at a good hardware store or machine shop supply house. It's a lot messier than a commercial chain lube, but if it makes you happy, who can put a price on that? (much sarcasm intended)
There's cheap, and then there's CHEAP.KG 361
Oct 21, 2003 6:04 PM
I can't quite figure it out, either. I pay $4-$5 for a bottle of Pro-link that lubes all of my bikes plus my kids bikes for most of the riding season. Is that too much to pay for something that is actually designed to do what you use it for? I'm a cheap SOB but really, home made chain lube is really not worth the xtra couple of $$ I'll save, IMHO.
agree...not worth the hassle...I just buy ProLink (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2003 7:21 AM
Now at Perf., 3/$15 (nm)Crankist
Oct 22, 2003 7:26 AM
Prolink is awesomeKristin
Oct 22, 2003 8:37 AM
I tried about 4 lubes before I bought Prolink. I'll never go back. Chain doesn't get nearly as gunked up now.
Cause you'll need it for the orgy.Poseur
Oct 22, 2003 1:42 PM
I guess I'll try prolinkishmael
Oct 22, 2003 3:11 PM
IT sounds gunk free, that was my main problem. So what if I cant also use it in the orgy, I'm surely capable of using different oils for different activities.
Good choice.KG 361
Oct 23, 2003 5:40 AM
You'll need to use a lot of it the 1st time-it will really clean your chain. After that, you won't need as much.