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Old 12-24-08, 12:33 PM   #1
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White lightning Clean Ride Lube

So long story short: 5am + Dark + Dense Fog + No signs advising bike path has been tore up = Thick nasty mudd all over me and the bike. So this is my first time cleaning/lubing the bike up. Is the White Lightning Clean Ride good for all the components and Chain? Or do I need other stuff also?
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I've used the White Lightning Clean Ride for a while and I like it. All the "dry lubes" seem like they work about the same though. I don't think you will go wrong with the WL stuff.
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White Lightening is wax lube designed for the chain. You want light oil or synthetic lubricant for the other parts.
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We just got 18" of snow dumped on us and our bikes. The White Lightinged chains show no signs of rust after today's crap rain.

They haven't gotten a whole lot of riding since I lubed them last, but it seems like the stuff did its job.
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WL works fine. Just make sure to reapply a little more often than you would with other lubricants as the dry wax lube wears off a bit faster.

And if you chain is really dirty, I would try to brush some of the dirt off before reapplying.

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I was all ways told that white lightening is for the chain only, and that before you apply it you should clean the chain with a solvent of some kind.
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Soap and water for the bike, simple green 50% in water for the chain, clean thoroly
with chain cleaning device to get grit out of interstices of chain. Put bike out in
sun to dry and relube chain with WL. Wax the bike.
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I couldn't think of the lube recommended for the other parts of your bike, but it just came to me: TriFlo. Just a couple of drops is all it takes.

I've used WL on my chain, but prefer something a little messier because it makes for a quieter drivetrain, at least IME. I've been using up an old bottle of Pedro's extra dry, which isn't nearly as dry as WL. After that I've got about 3/4 bottle of Pedros Wet. Then I'm gonna try some ProLink. The nice thing about White Lightning is that you can clean your drivetrain with a stiff brush. It's a little more work with the other stuff.
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I was all ways told that white lightening is for the chain only, and that before you apply it you should clean the chain with a solvent of some kind.
Yes. You have to get rid of any petro-based lubes on the chain before "waxing" it or the wax won't stick and you won't get any self-cleaning. Also, make sure to let the wax DRY (5-10min). Or else it'll just spin off and leave you chain relatively bare.
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