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Old 01-24-09, 03:16 PM   #1
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Cannot get chain completely dry..

Everytime I lube , I wipe down my chain. I get everything as thoroughly dry as I can, but after just one ride, it seems to seep out and get all over everything. It gets my cassette and my chainrings oily again, and splatters a small amount of oil on the chainstay.

How do ya'll get it completely clean after lubing? Is there some sort of secret.

FWIW I use Pedro's Road Rage.
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Old 01-24-09, 03:30 PM   #2
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Always lube just after riding, not just before. That's particularly important if you use a solvent thinned lube like ProLink. I use a blue paper shop towel folded up to a small size, grasp the chain tightly with the rag, then spin the cranks backwards several turn to wipe off as much lube a possible. With the solvent thinned lubes, it take several hours for the solvent to evaporate.

Getting lube on the chainrings and cogs is normal. Splattering it on the rims is not, unless you're simply using too much lube.
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Always lube just after riding, not just before. That's particularly important if you use a solvent thinned lube like ProLink. I use a blue paper shop towel folded up to a small size, grasp the chain tightly with the rag, then spin the cranks backwards several turn to wipe off as much lube a possible. With the solvent thinned lubes, it take several hours for the solvent to evaporate.

Getting lube on the chainrings and cogs is normal. Splattering it on the rims is not, unless you're simply using too much lube.
It does not get on the rim, simply on the chainstay. I have been using old rags (read old cut up shirts) to wipe it up. I will try the blue ones when I get the chance. I don't think that Road Rage lube is thinned with solvents, but I am no expert.
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Just use a dry lube. You will not have this issue.
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Old 01-24-09, 04:33 PM   #5
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Pedro's Road Rage is particularly bad for making black grunge on chains. It is very good at staying on the chain in wet conditions. I only would use it over the wet winters I used to commute through. In spring I would use something else.
You could try the approach of quickly wiping off the chain after each ride for a few rides after lubing to mitigate the problem, but unless you need wet weather performance, changing lube would be best.
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Yah, dry lube works well. Or try parrafin wax. I used to do that years ago. Now they have wax lube.
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Follow these steps for a clean, low maintenance chain. You'll need:

A can of beans
Some of those obnoxious candles your relatives gave you for Christmas
Vaseline
A heat source

Eat the beans and clean out the can
Remove chain from bike if you've got a removable link
Melt candles and a tablespoon of Vaseline over the heat source
Drop in your chain
Remove it after the bubbles stop coming to the surface of the wax
The remaining gunk on the chain dissolves into the wax mixture or sinks to the bottom
If the wax is hot enough, it should come out looking clean
Wipe off the remaining wax while the chain is still warm
Apologize to your significant other for getting wax on the stove
Repeat 1500km from now, give or take (mud, wet conditions, abuse) using the same mix a dozen times, adding wax if needed

For chains that don't easily come off, I unhook the chain from around the front chainrings and bottom bracket so that it's hanging off the back of the front derailleur, going through the frame, and through the rear derailleur.
With the bike on the floor, set the can of molten wax under the chainstay. With the rear derailleur pulled forward with your fingers, you can loop a fifth to a quarter of the chain into the mix. Make sure it warms up sufficiently before you put the next section in. Wipe as you go. You'll need to return the chain to the heat a couple of times to get it hot enough.

I discovered this technique one desperate evening in front of a campfire in Moab. Used it ever since.
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If you do melt paraffin (wax) do be careful. Melted wax is flammable. If it should spill onto an open flame or burner, you'll end up with a fire. If this should happen, try dropping a lid on it to smother it. Keep one handy.

Happy Trails!
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