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    Best lube

    I live about 40 miles from the nearest LBS and really need a good lube, NOW. What can I but at the local auto parts store? What about teflon or silicone?

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    Peform a search - this comes up VERY often on the BF. You'll get a lot of good advice for homemade lube recipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhud51 View Post
    I live about 40 miles from the nearest LBS and really need a good lube, NOW. What can I but at the local auto parts store? What about teflon or silicone?
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    Great way to search BF:
    In Google, type in the following--
    site:bikeforums.net lube

    like this

    Instead of "lube", you can search for "homemade lube" or "auto parts store lube" or whatever you want to look for. Works much better than the forum search function.
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    Yeah I beginning to get that idea.

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    Spit.

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    I can't believe people from 2006 ask these questions - no offense jhud, but c'mon...

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    Uh oh...another what's the best lube thread??!........take cover!

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    Basic 3 in 1 oil works okay, but use it sparingly or you'll gunk up your drivetrain. Some folks use motor oil with some sort of solvent to thin it out a bit and have good results. The idea is too go to as thin a lube as possible that has a reasonably long lifetime on the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DArthurBrown View Post
    Basic 3 in 1 oil works okay, but use it sparingly or you'll gunk up your drivetrain.
    That depends on which 3 in 1 that you use. The blue and white can is nothing more than 20 wt machine oil - it works fine with continuous use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
    That depends on which 3 in 1 that you use. The blue and white can is nothing more than 20 wt machine oil - it works fine with continuous use.
    I was thinking of the red and white bottles at department stores.

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    You didn't say CHAIN lube, but everyones thinking you did. What do you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhud51 View Post
    I live about 40 miles from the nearest LBS and really need a good lube, NOW. What can I but at the local auto parts store? What about teflon or silicone?
    Lube for what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Lube for what?
    For a bicycle

    Seriously, as far as I know, chain lube is good for anything and everything that you need to lube.
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    I've been using using Hot Wax with Dura Lube Advanced Engine Treatment mixed in and it's been great. I do all my chain's with it my commuter was done about 2 months ago never touched it since, its still very clean and lubed going to see how long it will last before I soak it again.
    My road bike was done about the same time still in great condition also has about 280 miles on it now I may soak it in a week or so just to do it.
    I like it because it has none of that black residue that gets on everything.
    I also run my inner cable thru it and wipe before I install them slides real nice in the housings.
    It may not be fancy but it gets me were I need to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagel007 View Post
    For a bicycle
    Oh **** I forgot what site I was on!

    Seriously, as far as I know, chain lube is good for anything and everything that you need to lube.
    Ok I'll use it in my bottom bracket and hub bearings then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Oh **** I forgot what site I was on!


    Ok I'll use it in my bottom bracket and hub bearings then.
    So many cyclists take chain lube seriously but don't even bother with greasing their bearings, headsets, axles, bottom brackets, and pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Ok I'll use it in my bottom bracket and hub bearings then.
    You don't LUBE the bottom bracket or hub bearings. You GREASE them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al1943 View Post
    So many cyclists take chain lube seriously but don't even bother with greasing their bearings, headsets, axles, bottom brackets, and pedals.
    Becasue it's easier to lube the chain (no tools required). And the chain is more exposed to the elements than the other moving parts (bearings, etc.). As far as I know it's recommended to lube the chain after each 100-200 miles. How often is it necessary with the parts that need greasing (bearings, headsets, etc.)?
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    motor oil on chain
    triflow (if they got it) on deraileur pivots and cables
    Red Valvoline grease in bearings
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagel007 View Post
    You don't LUBE the bottom bracket or hub bearings. You GREASE them.
    Really? Well I'll beef hooked. And here's me thinking grease was a lube.

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    I've always said you pack bearings. I dunno what to call it on my Grease Guard hubs, cuz it ain't exactly packing.
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    Oh Lordy.... not only another "lube" thread. But now we're bringing LUBE SEMANTICS into it as well ! ! ! !

    I foresee at LEAST 18 pages of replies and with at least two temporary bans for conduct unbecoming a member of BF from the bickering....
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    I think I'm gonna call it refreshing when I re-lube my Grease Guard hubs, that's it!
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    There are so many bike chain lubes its enough to make your head spin, but the good news is you can try different ones to see for yourself what you like best.One of the most popular lubes are made by Pedro's, Finish Line, Pro Link (www.progold.com) and another good one popular in both Bike and BOATING shops in Boeshield T-9. Dont use houshold oil such as WD-40 or 3in1 oil, it not only fades quick, it makes the chain real dirty with crud paste.
    I like the finish Line teflon dry alot, it really lubricates, and is pretty dry, so the chain runs cleaner. Pro Link really treats the chain metal so it runs smooth, just be ready for the fumes and treat the chain outside.

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    ATF for oil, any grease for bearings. Done.
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