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Old 07-26-05, 02:23 PM   #1
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oiling a chain

Recently oiled a chain on my single speed cruiser-used a multigrade oil and oiled the chain on the bike-

Big mistake-took the bike out for a ride and oil everwhere-tires spokes hub-

There must be a better way-can you take the chain off and soak it in a solvent to clean, then soak it in a proper chain oil for lubrication, hang it up to drip out excess and then wipe dry?

What is the right way??

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Old 07-26-05, 02:33 PM   #2
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Please search the forum for :

chain lube
chain lubrication
chain cleaning
chain degreasing
degreasers

Also, review these sites:

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/CM5.shtml
http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
http://www.execulink.com/~dtierney/wmc/SRAM/chains2.htm
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Hehe- be prepared to do a lot of reading. Folks get all emotional on the subject, and threads tend to go on for pages and pages.
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Where are you located, and do you ever ride in damp weather? I use a white wax-based chain lube, but would recommend it only to those who live in relatively dry climates.
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Maybe you're aware of it, but there is a right way and a wrong way to oil on the bike in my opinion.

I know some people that just squeeze the bottle, tube, whatever and spin the crank. This usually is messy.

I find that placing a drop on each chain rivet lubes things up nicely. I then crank it several times, and then whipe while cranking with a cloth.

Maybe this will work for you, maybe not. As bikewer alluded to, everyone has their own method, so play around and find something that works for you.
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The problem with most straight oils is that they fly off the chain, as you've found. Most bike-specific chain lubes have the lube thinned with a "carrier" which evaporates, leaving a thicker residue that (more or less) stays on the chain. Of course, it usually attracts dirt and grunge as well, shortening chain life and making shifting a pain.
Wax-based lubes tend to flake off, thus staying cleaner. However, you have to re-apply all the time. Great for mountain bikes used in muddy/wet woods conditions.
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Maybe you're aware of it, but there is a right way and a wrong way to oil on the bike in my opinion.

I know some people that just squeeze the bottle, tube, whatever and spin the crank. This usually is messy.

I find that placing a drop on each chain rivet lubes things up nicely. I then crank it several times, and then whipe while cranking with a cloth.
Read the FAQ and find out why this is a bad idea.
http://yarchive.net/bike/chain_wear.html
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Where are you located, and do you ever ride in damp weather? I use a white wax-based chain lube, but would recommend it only to those who live in relatively dry climates.
I don't know. I live in Seattle and use White Lightening and have never looked back. You just have to be
vigilant when it's really pouring.
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Thanks for the replys and advice-Very helpful

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Regularly removing a std chain can weaken the links. You can get special removable links such as Sachs Powerlink, which undoes by hand instead of using a chain rivet tool.
Removing the chain for solvent cleaning is a bit extreme but does no harm. I run 2 chains, on resting in a jar of solvent and swap them every few weeks.
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John E--I live in South Florida so dampness is an issue

Michael W-I have a removable link-No problem

I just tried the soak it in mineral spirit bath process-I could not believe my eyes of what came off and out of that chain-

The bike only has 700 miles in it and I oiled it once-I think my oiling it caused the dirt problem-

My biggest concern was the grit in the bottom of the pan!

After the bath I used high pressure air on it to blow it as dry as I could-Blew out under the rollers as well-Then a 50/50 mineral spirit and motor oil dunk and massage-Hung it up to drip dry over night and then ragged it down real good-It looked like the clean oil/min spirit mix penetrated well-Put back on and then a short ride-Ragged it again on the bike-

Question--Any idea how long it takes for the mineral spirit to evaporate?

Thanks for the help everyone--Bob
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I run 2 chains, on resting in a jar of solvent and swap them every few weeks.
I have always wondered whether running two chains on a bicycle can be a problem in terms of affecting the wear on the chainrings and the cogs. I am talking about the possibility of the two chains wearing unevenly and thus affecting the wear on the chainrings and cogs differently.

If I can be convinced that this issue would not arise, then I would also like to run two Sram chains that can be changed every two weeks or so.

What do you think?

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After lubing, wipe off the excess with an old t-shirt. Anything on the outside of the chain isn't lubing anything and only serves to attract dirt.
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