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    factory chain lube - where can I get some?

    I don't want to re-open the debate over wether or not the sticky factory chain lube is good or not, but if hypothetically someone liked the results it gave them, where could they purchase an equivalent product for when its time to re-lube? its definitely not a "dry" lube, but it seems stickier than wax or paraffin. what the heck is it?

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    i always thought it was grease?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuzzleVelocity View Post
    I don't want to re-open the debate over wether or not the sticky factory chain lube is good or not, but if hypothetically someone liked the results it gave them, where could they purchase an equivalent product for when its time to re-lube? its definitely not a "dry" lube, but it seems stickier than wax or paraffin. what the heck is it?
    The problem is getting the grease in there, not what it is.
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    One of the Gleitmo products. Not sure which one.
    http://www.sram.com/en/srammountain/chains/8speed/
    "A coating of GLEITMO™, the finest chain lubricant in the industry, provides superior combination of friction protection and dirt fighters."
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    Quote Originally Posted by vredstein View Post
    One of the Gleitmo products. Not sure which one.
    http://www.sram.com/en/srammountain/chains/8speed/
    "A coating of GLEITMO™, the finest chain lubricant in the industry, provides superior combination of friction protection and dirt fighters."
    According to an old thread on rec.bicycles.tech it's GLEITMO 582.

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    I think it's made out of Old People. Sort of waxy and stiff, but still malleable...

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    I miss Gramma ... but ... my chain really is incredibly quiet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuzzleVelocity View Post
    I don't want to re-open the debate over weather or not the sticky factory chain lube is good or not, but if hypothetically someone liked the results it gave them, where could they purchase an equivalent product for when its time to re-lube? its definitely not a "dry" lube, but it seems stickier than wax or paraffin. what the heck is it?


    Even if you could get the mystery lube(I don't think it's for sale), you can't apply like they do. I believe it is applied with heat and pressure.

    So, unless you can get your chain really clean(you can't), and can apply the lube under pressure and heat(you can't) . . . you're SOL. It's just one of those things. Now you're right back with the rest of using X brand dino-lube .... and yeah . . they all kinda suck .... but just ride anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    I think it's made out of Old People. Sort of waxy and stiff, but still malleable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garthr View Post
    Even if you could get the mystery lube(I don't think it's for sale), you can't apply like they do. I believe it is applied with heat and pressure.

    So, unless you can get your chain really clean(you can't), and can apply the lube under pressure and heat(you can't) . . . you're SOL. It's just one of those things. Now you're right back with the rest of using X brand dino-lube .... and yeah . . they all kinda suck .... but just ride anyways
    Years ago Reynolds chains sold a chain grease for their chains. Primarily for motorcycle chains I believe. IIRC the instructions included thoroughly cleaning the chain with mineral spirits via submergence and agitation until fresh mineral spirits stayed clear, drying it and then submerging it in the tin of hot melted chain grease while stirring the chain and grease combination to promote grease flow into all chain areas. The grease was melted on a stove. The final steps were hang up the chain to cool and then wipe off the excess grease on the chain exterior.

    Sounds like a long, involved and messy process to me. How many bike riders would put up with a process such as this regularly to lube their chain and how many wives would allow melting grease on their stoves

    Many motorcycle chain lubes are a grease in a solvent carrier to thin it enough to penetrate the chain links. After application the solvent dissolves, leaving a greased chain.
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    I recall seeing a post (not sure if it was on BF) of a guy who was trying to buy Gleitmo.
    He contacted the mfgr and they sent him a "sample" of 2 cans of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatfiend View Post
    Sounds like a long, involved and messy process to me. How many bike riders would put up with a process such as this regularly to lube their chain and how many wives would allow melting grease on their stoves
    Actually, that's an old school bicycle chain lubeing process only the practioners use melted wax. I think you're supposed to do it during a certain moon phase and there might even be an incantation that goes with it but I've never been admitted into that school.

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    I've recently found this:



    plus a quick go over with some light oil produces almost identical factory-lube performance.

    It's also pretty cheap too
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuzzleVelocity View Post
    I don't want to re-open the debate over wether or not the sticky factory chain lube is good or not, but if hypothetically someone liked the results it gave them, where could they purchase an equivalent product for when its time to re-lube? its definitely not a "dry" lube, but it seems stickier than wax or paraffin. what the heck is it?
    The stuff on SRAM chains is Gleitmo but I've never read what Shimano and others put on their chains - but it isn't Gleitmo. Sram's tech rep Ed always preached that the Gleitmo should NOT be cleaned off new chains but they should be installed and ridden until dry and then lubed over with the lube of your choice. He said the Shimano lube should be cleaned off before use and lube installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    The stuff on SRAM chains is Gleitmo but I've never read what Shimano and others put on their chains - but it isn't Gleitmo. Sram's tech rep Ed always preached that the Gleitmo should NOT be cleaned off new chains but they should be installed and ridden until dry and then lubed over with the lube of your choice. He said the Shimano lube should be cleaned off before use and lube installed.
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