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    Is a fresh banana peel O.K. for bike lubrication?

    Hi guys! I have a lot of bananas at my apartment where I live. After I eat them, instead of letting the peels go to waste, I take the natural lubrication and rub it all over my bike chain. Not only does this help lubricate the chain, it also cleans the dirt and grime off it. So far, no problems with this method.

    Good thing to do or bad thing to do? What are your thoughts?

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    im going to stick with white lightning...

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    I think it should be fine. Better than White Lightning.

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    Obviously using something like banana which will become rancid after awhile is not as good as real lube, I've heard coconut oil is good if in desperate need, but I wouldn't rely on the bananas if you have access to something that won't go rancid (white lightning or tri-flow or what have you)

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    well, seeing as you've already tried it and it's working for you so far. report back to us when it's time to replace the chain.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    does it actualy get in the rollers where lube is really needed?

    lube on the outside of your chain is worthless...

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    I would be afraid of attracting monkeys.
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    your wasting perfectly good smoke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I would be afraid of attracting monkeys.
    I see that as the only upside of banana lube use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by THonestTeenager View Post
    ...What are your thoughts?
    I compost skins and use it on my sweet buds

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    is that you, Don Q?

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    I've heard of people using olive oil, but not bananas.

    Whatever works for you man.

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    I like to use a combination of maple syrup and urine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I would be afraid of attracting monkeys.
    HAHA! LOL! Well, if the monkeys would lick my chain, I would have no problem with it. After all, they ARE helping me clean the dirty chain with their monkey tongues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I like to use a combination of maple syrup and urine.
    Only because you're always looking for more uses for your urine...and like to lick your sticky fingers.
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    I've heard it works best on Surly Karate Monkey chains. I'd be worried about fruit flys following me around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
    I've heard it works best on Surly Karate Monkey chains. I'd be worried about fruit flys following me around.
    Its the clouds of fruitflys and the hordes of monkeys that make you go faster, duh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Only because you're always looking for more uses for your urine...and like to lick your sticky fingers.
    bananas are the cure to keep you from going rabid when you are peed on. I saw it on southpark, so it must be true.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    The question must be asked: Why do you have so many bananas at your place? Tarzan, dat you?

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    dont feed the troll bananas

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    Bananas are for trolls. Real people should use Avocados.


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    ^^^ isn't that a chinchilla?

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    Okay I'm going to be honest with you. In case you didn't know, I work in a produce warehouse and I have learned the benefits of banana. Not only is the fruit high in potassium and is considered nature's perfect food, it is also a member of the herb family.

    In answer to your question, I feel that using banana peel is beneficial to use as a chain lube. The natural slickness of the fibrous lining of the skin keeps the chain lubricated and any excess flesh will over time dry and flake away as the oils separate to permeate the links. In contrast to commercial lubes, the remaining residue is biodegradable and won't harm the Earth.

    It's also good to massage all over my warm body after a hot steamy bath.
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