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Old 03-26-08, 07:08 PM   #1
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Factory chain lube

I've installed a 10sp ultegra chain and it still looks great after several rides, and the drivetrain is quiet and shifts smoothly.

How long does a new chain stay lubricated with the factory lube?
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How long does a new chain stay lubricated with the factory lube?
It lasts as long as it lasts. When you start to hear squeaking, that's why it's bone dry. Lube it preferably before that stage.
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I thought new chains came packed in a substance called cosmoline. It's intended to be a rust protectant, and any lubrication it provides is secondary. It's basically a light grease, so it ought to function just fine as a lube though. It's sticky. That's the only issue.
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I thought new chains came packed in a substance called cosmoline. It's intended to be a rust protectant, and any lubrication it provides is secondary. It's basically a light grease, so it ought to function just fine as a lube though. It's sticky. That's the only issue.
You just described a myth. The only thing that really needs to be done with new chains is wipe down of the outside so it doesn't attract **** onto it (because it's sticky - like you said).
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If you'll check the archives in various forums you'll find that using the factory grease as a chainlube is one of the more hotly argued topics wasting storage space. I wipe it off the outside and lube each link with one drop of chainlube, then wipe it down again.

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There's nothing wrong with the light grease that comes on it other than it's so sticky that my recent new chain suffered from bad chainsuck. So I cleaned off the grease and lubed with my usual witch's brew.

If you don't have the chainsuck from the grease there's nothing wrong with riding it until it needs cleaning or gets too dry. Being grease it'll need cleaning sooner than going dry.
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http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html#factory
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I'll represent the other extreme and advocate complete removal of the factory grease before you use it. I ride trails, and even though it's mainly hardpack, you can expect the fine powder to stick to a wet chain.

Politics, religion and factory chain grease are three topics to be avoided amongst friends.
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I was hoping the factory lube would last several hundred miles as Sheldon Brown's article suggested. Unfortunately on only my second ride (each 60 miles) it started squeaking so I guess it's time to start the usual lubing routine.

It certainly stays cleaner than after normal lubing though. Normal lubing leaves black smears everywhere as soon as it is ridden. The factory lube kept the chain totally clean.
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Re: black smears, don't forget to wipe down the outside of your chain after you lube it to get off excess lube. I also seem to have good luck wiping down my chain once more after the first ride or two following a lube job.
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