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Question for Prolink users(14 posts)

Question for Prolink usersPEDDLEFOOT
Dec 1, 2003 10:59 AM
I have been using Prolink for about 3years but don't have alot of experience with it in wet and sloppy weather. Will the Prolink hold up after a wet ride with alot of slop (sand,dirt,road grime) in the chain?Do you completely clean the chain or just wipe it and reaply lube? On dry rides I normally wipe the chain and reaply.
re: Question for Prolink userstarwheel
Dec 1, 2003 11:23 AM
I used ProLink lube for quite a while and was happy with it. This summer, I ran out of lube and mixed up some homebrew
(3 parts mineral spirits: 1 part motor oil) and have been using that ever since. My chain is quieter than with any lube I've tried before, and it holds up great in the rain. We've had an unusually wet year in the East and I've been caught in the rain any number of times this year. I'll hear other bikes squeaking away in the rain, and mine is as quiet as ever. My chain and drivetrain don't seem to get any dirtier using homebrew than ProLink, or White Lightning.
What oil do you use?PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 1, 2003 11:26 AM
I've read about Mobile One synthetic used for this.Any others work as well?
What oil do you use?tarwheel
Dec 1, 2003 12:42 PM
I just used some Quaker State 10-30W motor oil I had in my garage. It seems to work fine. Some folks recommend Mobile 1 synthetic, but I think the main advantage of that (for cars) is superior durability at high temperatures. I can't imagine a need for high-temp durability in a chain.
I change the blend, 4:1 for dry, close to 2:1 for rain. easy!nmSpunout
Dec 1, 2003 11:59 AM
Do you have to shake the homebrew?Psalm 147-10_11
Dec 1, 2003 12:45 PM
Once mixed, do the mineral spirits and oil seperate requiring one to shake the bottle before each application?
No, no (nm)Crankist
Dec 1, 2003 1:51 PM
Where can you buy mineral spirits? nmRoyGBiv
Dec 1, 2003 12:59 PM
Hrdwr store - called 'paint thinner'. (nm)TFerguson
Dec 1, 2003 1:06 PM
re: Question for Prolink usersgtx
Dec 1, 2003 12:04 PM
I use Pro Link for most of the year on my road bikes but tend to switch to Finish Line Cross Country lube during the wettest months. Maybe Prolink would give me enough protection on long rainy rides but I'm paranoid--nothing worse than a crunchy drivetrain on the latter portion of long ride. I use Finish Line Cross Country year round on my mtb and have found it to hold up quite well on even the longest, nastiest rides. I just wipe down, relube and then wipe off excess so there isn't too much buildup.
Used if for 5 yearsboneman
Dec 1, 2003 1:01 PM
I live in London, UK, ride everyday and it can get wet. The crap that's on the roads is incredible, mostly from the buses, cabs and proliferation of diesel laid particulants, plus all the grit. I wipe down the chain after a ride and then generally reapply, using their instructions, every 300 miles or so if it's been wet. With the Campy 10 setup, I don't remove the chain but every few months also clean between the links when lubing the chain, using a paper towel. With DA-9 setup, I have an SRAM link and pull the chain every now and use citrus cleaner soak and then reapply the Prolink. I usually change out chains and cogs at about 5,000 miles and haven't had any problems with skipping, bad shifting or failure.
My commuter ProLink approachKerry Irons
Dec 1, 2003 5:53 PM
For my year-round commuter, which involves snow, slush, salt and grit in the winter and plenty of grit in the summer if it rains, I use the normal ProLink approach and then "add back" some extra lube after the chain is fully wiped clean. This greatly increases the wet weather performance. That said, I still don't get nearly the mileage on the commuter that I do on the road bike. 350 miles between applications on the road bike, and about 1/3 of that on the commuter. It's just a tougher life on the mean streets than on the open road.
After 600 miles, I got lazypurplepaul
Dec 1, 2003 6:59 PM
and, thinking that I should probably relube the chain even though there was no squeaking or evidence that it was necessary, I just squirted some Finish Line on and rubbed off the excess with a cloth.

Well, the link was squeaking after 50 miles (no rain).

I normally use Psycho Lube and, I swear on my Spectrum, never clean or relube before 500 miles. There is almost no dirt buildup- a paper towel will clean the chainrings in about 1 minute.

Psycho Lube just recommends spraying the chain with part one (cleaner) then spraying part two, but, being anal, I pour some degreaser into the Park cleaning tool and scrub the chain good. Then, being compulsive, I have to clean the rest of the bike too.

So, after 600 miles, I thought it must be time for a relube; but I thought this just as I was about to go on a ride. So I took the easy way out. But instead of lasting 600 miles, with the Finish Line, it's more like 60.

No, I don't own stock in Psycho Lube. I just wish I did.
Dry brushwooglin
Dec 1, 2003 7:49 PM
I use Prolink on all my bikes. If the chain gets real nasty (happens all the time on the MTBs) I use a stiff brush to clean it top and bottom, wipe it down, and reapply. Dry brush the rings and cogs sometimes too. Works good. If you're really anal you can use a q-tip to clean the spooge between individual links.