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    Oil to use

    What kind of grease or oil do you use on chain and deraillur and cables.

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    That question is about the best way to start a fight around here!
    A search will yield you pages of arguments about this.

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    Old School.. Pull the cables, wipe them with grease, then Put them back in , again.
    though stainless cables particularly premium ones have been drawn thru a die to be slick and smooth,
    with teflon tube lined housing , They really don't need greasing..

    there are bike chain lubes of all sort of chemistrys, some evaporate to leave a waxy film inside the moving parts ,
    so the dirt has less stuff to stick to.. on the outside.

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    sailkote for the cables/housings that come on cheap hybrids and cheap bikes in general

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    I use Schaeffer's Penetro 90 when I lubed my cables up - even though grease is recommended. The stuff I used contains Teflon, ZDDP and antimony-based antiwear agents and it's based on 0w oil.

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    4 to 1 mineral spirits to chainsaw bar oil. Grease from the auto parts store for the cables and wheel bearings.

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    If you like having a picture of a dirty chain tatoo'd to your left leg, go with oil. If you like the bike, your pants, and your leg to be clean then go with a dry wax type lubricant. I love Krytech wax. It lubricates well, eliminates sweaks, and keeps my chain shiny and clean.
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    Yup, oil on the outside of the chain does no good, wipe that off..

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    I got Boeshield T9 on my chain as of now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Yup, oil on the outside of the chain does no good, wipe that off..
    When using oil, in my experience, there is no amount of wiping that fully removes the oil. As the chain is used, the oil migrates outward again and onto the exterior of the chain. Yes the chain is clean on Sunday, but by Wednesday it is dirty again. And I have better things to do with my time than daily chain wiping.
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    I just cleaned my oily chain with 12350 miles on it. I will go out to the garage reinstall the chain and oil it and install a new one when it hits 13,000 miles. I used wax before and it doesn't do as well.

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