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    New chain has sticky lube on it

    Hello, I got this new chain KMC or something. However it is sticky. Must some kinda factory lube. Should I clean it out before using it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by |3iker View Post
    Hello, I got this new chain KMC or something. However it is sticky. Must some kinda factory lube. Should I clean it out before using it?
    I think you might get a better answer in politics and religion. How did you vote in the last election?

    Conservatives don't want to waste anything so they just leave the factory lube on the chain.
    Libertarians want to clean out all of the old lube and start over new.
    Liberals just clean off the excess around the outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by |3iker View Post
    Hello, I got this new chain KMC or something. However it is sticky. Must some kinda factory lube. Should I clean it out before using it?
    Cool story bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I think you might get a better answer in politics and religion. How did you vote in the last election?

    Conservatives don't want to waste anything so they just leave the factory lube on the chain.
    Libertarians want to clean out all of the old lube and start over new.
    Liberals just clean off the excess around the outside.
    something tells me I should just use the search feature. I need a hero!!!

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    The late, great Sheldon Brown said to leave it. It's as good a lube as you could ever apply by hand, and best of all, it's inside the links. If you degrease the chain, you'll just flush it out and have to relube. So he advised just installing and riding it for a hundred miles or so and then just add lube as needed.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    The late, great Sheldon Brown said to leave it. It's as good a lube as you could ever apply by hand, and best of all, it's inside the links. If you degrease the chain, you'll just flush it out and have to relube. So he advised just installing and riding it for a hundred miles or so and then just add lube as needed.
    So now I've got to know. Did you happen to vote for McCain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    So now I've got to know. Did you happen to vote for McCain?
    I voted for Palin, she's hot.
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    I voted for Cindy. I have a thing for ice queens.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I voted for Cindy. I have a thing for ice queens.
    That's off topic btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I voted for Cindy. I have a thing for ice queens.
    That makes my original post 2 for 2. I just clean the sticky off the outside of the chain.

    Operator doesn't count because he's a Canuk - also, since he said he voted for Palin, a liar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I think you might get a better answer in politics and religion. How did you vote in the last election?

    Conservatives don't want to waste anything so they just leave the factory lube on the chain.
    Libertarians want to clean out all of the old lube and start over new.
    Liberals just clean off the excess around the outside.
    Great answer, except that I think you have the liberals and libertarians reversed.

    Either way, is it safe to assume that those who voted for President Obama prefer ChainJ?

    Seriously to the OP, wipe the excess off and use as is until it needs a re-lube.

    Now to the health care reform debate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    The late, great Sheldon Brown said to leave it.
    Wait, I'm confused. What party ticket did he run on?

    EDIT: I guess it would be the Luberitarians
    Last edited by Metaluna; 01-12-10 at 11:17 AM.

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    The wax works fine as a lube but make sure you put some oil on the chain before you ride it in the rain as it won't protect against rust.

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    Actually, I think it's intended as a rust inhibitor.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html#factory

    Here's what Sheldon said:

    Factory Lube

    New chains come pre-lubricated with a grease-type lubricant which has been installed at the factory. This is an excellent lubricant, and has been made to permeate all of the internal interstices in the chain.
    This factory lube is superior to any lube that you can apply after the fact.
    Some people make the bad mistake of deliberately removing this superior lubricant. Don't do this! The factory lubricant all by itself is usually good for several hundred miles of service if the bike is not ridden in wet or dusty conditions. It is best not to apply any sort of lube to a new chain until it is clearly needed, because any wet lube you can apply will dilute the factory lube.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    What does the sticky stuff on your chain taste like?????
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    Just saturate your chain with WD-40 and ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Actually, I think it's intended as a rust inhibitor.
    Not the kind of rust that grows here in San Jose. I followed Sheldon's guide and the first time it rained my chain turned orange. I decided I needed to add some oil at that point :-D

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    Thanks to those who responded within the scope of my question. If I were to use the chain as-is with the factory sticky lube, won't my sprockets and chainrings be coated with the sticky lube too then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by |3iker View Post
    Thanks to those who responded within the scope of my question. If I were to use the chain as-is with the factory sticky lube, won't my sprockets and chainrings be coated with the sticky lube too then?
    There really are 3 answers to your question and people willing to fight to the death in support of each one. Follow your own instinct.

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    I think it's a matter of personal preference. I remove it before installing the chain because my 'on the bike' cleaning method doesn't get rid of that stuff very well. So, it's easier to just get rid of it from the get go. bk

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    I just add Pro-Link, wipe, and go.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    preservant/inhibitor

    cosmoline...or something similar.
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    It's just an artifact from the normal birthing process of a chain... the oily residues are protective fluids from the mother.

    Did KMC include the chain's placenta in the bag also? I hear it's good with fava beans and chianti.

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    For a sec I misread you as...
    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    So now I've got to know. Did you happen to vote for McChain?

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