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    what do you think of this idea

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    Bicycling really likes the Wipperman stainless chain. They also like Prolink, a hi tech treatment
    that doesn't encourage dirt to live on your chain; but let's rust form. My idea is to get the Wipperman (my LBS has ordered it)...and use the Prolink. That should give me a gleaming chain that looks bare, and should be a snap to clean. Btw, I squirt a little pure Teflon into my citrus cleaner.
    I figure that way a little will always get deep inside the links. Don't know how it will work out, but I really like the idea.

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    I don't know about the Wipperman, but I use Pro-link on my road bike, and while it seems good as a lube is very greasy and messy if you have to handle the chain. (and I do clean the chain occasionally!)
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    QUOTE]Btw, I squirt a little pure Teflon into my citrus cleaner. I figure that way a little will always get deep inside the links. Don't know how it will work out, but I really like the idea.[/QUOTE]

    Citrus cleaner is a solvent. Any teflon in it will be removed when the cleaner is rinsed away. Save your money.

    For chain lube I use Boeshield T-9. It's non-messy, dries quickly and works very well.

    http://boeshield.com/index.htm

    I haven't tried a Wippeman chain. What are they, twice the money of a Shimano or SRAM chain? Do they last twice as long? If not, don't buy.

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    Do you think Boeshield works better than other wax lubes?
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    Originally posted by Davet


    Citrus cleaner is a solvent. Any teflon in it will be removed when the cleaner is rinsed away. Save your money.

    For chain lube I use Boeshield T-9. It's non-messy, dries quickly and works very well.

    http://boeshield.com/index.htm

    I haven't tried a Wippeman chain. What are they, twice the money of a Shimano or SRAM chain? Do they last twice as long? If not, don't buy.
    So how does it stack up against White Lightning?

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    Hi guys,
    thanks for the replies. Well, 'for better or worse', I have already paid for it. If this goes as planned, the chain should not only last longer, the gears should last longer, as well. But the real clincher is that a shiny naked chain should be worth a couple of style points. I might try the T-9, is that a wax based lube? Last couple years I have been using Ice Wax, I like that it's not oily, but I feel the need to clean the chain every thirty miles or so. If all else fails, I can use pure teflon.

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    I like Boeshield for several reasons. It seems to penetrate the chain very easily and when it dries, it doesn't leave a filmy goo. My wife and I both ride many thousands of miles a year and we've had our chains/cassettes last quite a bit longer since the use of Boeshield.

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    i did a quick google search on "wipperman stainless chain" and found info that implies the product is reserved for campy 10-speed ONLY. is that correct? is it compatible with shimano nine-speed? thanks in advance ....

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    Hi,
    I believe there are 9+10 spd versions. Nashbar and Peformance both have it.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ype=&estoreid=

    I have seen it on sale at Performance for as little as $35.

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    40% more durable at twice the cost. The arithmetic doesn't add up. Factor in that most everything shifts better with a Shimano chain. I can see spending a little more for SRAM chain to get the reusable "master link". Stainless steel is a softer steel and can rust or corrode. Besides, I haven't seen a rusty chain on bike that's had even average care.

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    I'm with you Cane, 100% on Boeshield. I've used it for years on our road bikes. My chains/cassettes seem to last forever.
    I've used it on my guns even longer.
    http://boeshield.com/index.htm

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    Thank you, Davet, for the "Boeshield" link. I use "White Lighting", and have often thought that there must be a better longer lasting alternative. Gonna definitley check this out.

    And, Guns? Being a retired police officer, I welcome that reference also; especially, as relates to autos/semis (the smallest speck can cause problems).

    Can't believe all the good tips I've picked up here in the short time that I've been a member. You guys are just great. Glad you don't charge consulting fees. :thumbup:

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    go with boeshield

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    OthelotheMoor: I was in the wholesale firearms trade for 8 years as a rep in the Seattle Washington area. Boeshield was a well-known product in the aviation industry as a lubricant and corrosion control product. It wasn't really known in *** circles, everyone had their own 'magic potion'. Because I was shooting, a lot, and was introduced to Boeshield by someone whose opinion carried weight with me, I started to use it. The biggest benefit, particularly in semi-auto pistols, is that it doesn't seem to collect residue while retaining it's lubricity. Hundreds of rounds downrange and the *** wasn't filled with gummy, coagulated goo.

    I still used Boeshield on my guns, but I use it mainly on our family bike 'fleet', of which I am in charge of maintenance. While my chains and cassettes always look clean, they are well lubricated. I use Boeshield on pivot points on the dérailleurs, cables, a small dollop in the shifters, most anything that moves except bearings.

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