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    Dry Chain Lube

    Hello everyone!
    I finally got tired of the grease and the dirt. I just got done purifying my whole drive train, and I don't want to mess it up again (or my pantleg). What is the best dry style chain lube? I want something that wont get me dirty when I touch my chain, and won't collect dirt.
    Calling all dry chain lube users! What is the chain lube that you personally use?
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    Pedro's Ice Wax. If you just degreased your chain, apply some ice wax, and let is sit for ~5 min, run the chain thru a dry rag, and repeat. Great stuff, i wont use anything else.

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    I concur with Joe, Ice Wax is superb. However Pedro's now has "Extra Dry." If you live in real dry climates it is real good also. Having said that I have used Ice Wax exclusively for years. I also sell more of it and reccomend it to all of my customer's.

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    I have a couple of chain lubes, I have the Pedros Dry was and the Traditional Campagnolo chain oil, I use Campagnola chain oil more often, its a little bit dirty after the first ride, but its really very good, for the chain
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    I use Kry-Tech on my road bikes-works well, but you need to reapply it about every 50 miles or so. It also smells nice....

    If you want to go cheap, you could try the old-timer method: melt some parrafin way in a large can, and immerse the chain in it. Boil the wax for a while, remove the chain, and hang to dry. I hear this works well for low-dirt applications.
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    White Lightening. Been using it for years, always come back to it. I've tried the Pedro's Ice Wax a few times when the shop has been out of WL. Too thick and doesn't penetrate the links well IMO. I'll only use it in emergencies.
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    I use White Lightning, too. I also find Pedros gloppy. the problem with dry lubes is that you have to apply them long before -- the night before is good -- a ride.
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    Both White Lightning and Pedro's are good products, and do tend to be a lot cleaner that traditional lubes. I've used both, and still do on a couple of my bikes. For my expensive higher-end equipment, though, I use the traditional oil-type lubricants, and just do the extra work of cleaning the drive train more often.

    This is because a wet lube like an oil or synthetic oil based product will do a better job of protecting chain roller internals from metal-to-metal contact, which is what causes chains, and consequently sprockets and chainrings, to wear out. This is because an oil tends to continuously flow into clearance spaces in bearings and such, which a dry lube will not do once it's set up.

    If you want to use White Lighting or Ice Wax that's fine, but you really should apply it pretty frequently (every 8 hours of ride time or so), and if you really want max protection for that $$$ Campy Record drivetrain, go with triflow, Wrench Force or any of a number of other good wet chain lubes.
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    White Lightning works for me.

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    I'm exempt - I live in the UK
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    no need to lube your chain in the UK.....

    or is there a story coming....?

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    Originally posted by Scooby Snax
    no need to lube your chain in the UK.....

    or is there a story coming....?
    No point in using a dry lube in the UK with our weather. Finish line Cross Country Wet weather lube is pretty popular though...
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    after reading this thread, I just went and got some pedro's extra dry (living in the desert is harsh )
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    Begginers Question,


    I have always used silicone lubricant spray,what are the pros and cons?is this bad for my chain?



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