Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30
  1. #1
    Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt JVoigt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    91
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Home Brew Lube Applicator

    After you mix up home brew lube, what kind of container do you use to store and dispense it?

  2. #2
    AEO
    AEO is offline
    Senior Member AEO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
    My Bikes
    Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
    Posts
    12,245
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    home depot sells this applicator bottle with a needle tip that you can cut to desired opening size.
    I think it's in the same isle as lubricants and bungee cords.
    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. ;)
    http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm

  3. #3
    Senior Member Jed19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    3,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought some needle oiler bottles from Brownells a few years ago, and though I don't use homebrew lubes anymore, I put my lubes (either Boeshield T9 or Prolink) in the dispenser and drop exactly one "drop" at each chain roller.

    The Brownell oiler bottles come three in a pack, and I definitely recommend them. You will never waste lubes again, if you buy the needle oilers linked below.

    I feel I have earned back the money used in purchasing the oiler bottles by the quantity of lube not wasted unnecessarily. And I am still using only one bottle. I intend to have them for the rest of my life.

    I also just realised that these oilers are available on eBay. Just make sure they come in three-packs, and don't pay excessive shipping cost.

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=2..._OILER_BOTTLES
    Last edited by Jed19; 12-08-10 at 10:47 AM.
    Regards,

    Jed

  4. #4
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    25,906
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    I just recycle old lube bottles... you might be able to score some of these at a bike shop if you don't have one kicking around.

  5. #5
    Fred-ish rogerstg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    1,801
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Eyedrop bottles work well. Just pry off the tip to fill, then snap it back on.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    25,400
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I just recycle old lube bottles... you might be able to score some of these at a bike shop if you don't have one kicking around.
    That's what I do too. I have a couple of Pro-Link plastic dispenser bottles that I just refill. I store the bulk lube in a 1-qt metal screw top can that originally held mineral spirits.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    35
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use eye and ear medicine droppers with White Lighting
    and Prolink. This works well for one drop /link application on chains. CVS drug store has them 2 for $2.99 on their web site SKU #251606. I found it best
    not to allow the oil contact the rubber bulb, causing
    the rubber to swell, loosing it suction ability with repeat or prolong contact.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Loveland, CO
    My Bikes
    Two LOOK 585s, one KG461
    Posts
    4,987
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used some prolink bottles until the plastic got brittle and cracked. I now make my own from hair coloring applicator bottles I get for a couple of bucks at Sally Beauty. To make the orfice smaller, I used a soldering *** to melt the tip shut, then inserted a heated pin to create a new opening. I've been using that bottle for years.

    http://www.sallybeauty.com/color-app...ml?cgid=Supp02

  9. #9
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    25,906
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
    Eyedrop bottles work well. Just pry off the tip to fill, then snap it back on.
    Never thought of that... and with the glaucoma epidemic we are experiencing here eyedrop bottles should be plentiful enough.

  10. #10
    Senior Member canopus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kingwood, TX
    My Bikes
    1985 Cannondale SR300, 1985 Cannondale ST400, Gary Littlejohn Cruiser, BMX
    Posts
    1,207
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use my old Chain-L container...
    1984 Cannondale ST
    1985 Cannondale SR300
    1980 Gary Littlejohn Cruiser
    1984 Trek 760
    1981 Trek 710
    Pics

  11. #11
    Old fart JohnDThompson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Appleton WI
    My Bikes
    Several, mostly not name brands.
    Posts
    12,447
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  12. #12
    Team Beer Cynikal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Sacramento CA
    My Bikes
    Too Many
    Posts
    5,765
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Home Brew Lube Applicator
    After you mix up home brew lube, what kind of container do you use to store and dispense it?
    Please tell me more about this home brew lube that you speak of.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

  13. #13
    Arranger Power Powerarranger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Playing in traffic
    Posts
    165
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This might be a little high and outside, but hey, it's worth a shot.

    If you have a friend who is a brass player, ask them for an empty valve oil bottle. I've found that the tip is perfect for lubing a chain and the shape makes it easy to carry along on a tour.

    ValveOIl.jpg

    The tip is easily removed for filling. My homebrew lube is made from two parts mineral spirits to one part motor oil. I've used both dino and synthetic 5W-20 with excellent results.

    Tri-Flow comes in a similar container with the same tip except the bottle is black, which makes it hard to mix the lube 'just so'.
    Originally posted by Elkhound
    Respect goes both ways. If we want motorists to respect our right to use the road, then it behooves us to ride in a responsible, lawful manner.

  14. #14
    Medicinal Cyclist Daytrip's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Mohawk Valley/Adks, NYS
    My Bikes
    2003 Klein Q Carbon Race; 2009 Giant OCR-1
    Posts
    2,806
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I mix my own lube out of chain saw bar and chain lube and mineral spirits. I keep/dispense it from an old 3in1 oil can.

    I have a small Visine eyedrop applicator that I sometimes put into my seatbag just to have some lube along for the ride. I never need it, because I'm careful about lubing my chain, but sometimes on my rides, I'll encounter other riders with squeaky chains (yikes!), and I always offer to lube them up.
    Let your freak flag fly.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    25,400
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
    Please tell me more about this home brew lube that you speak of.
    Mine is 3 parts OMS (odorless mineral spirits bought by the quart or gallon at any home center, hardware store or paint dealer) and 1 part 10W-30 Mobile 1 synthetic oil.

    I mix it in a quart container and fill the 4-oz Pro-Link bottles I mentioned above for use.

  16. #16
    AEO
    AEO is offline
    Senior Member AEO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
    My Bikes
    Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
    Posts
    12,245
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
    Please tell me more about this home brew lube that you speak of.
    I use a small shot of 3-in-1 garage door lube and the rest filled with 10W30
    I think it's about
    1/8 garage door lube
    7/8 10W30

    it's wet and salty here during the winter.

    10W30 straight is about the same consistency as phil wood tenacious lube.
    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. ;)
    http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm

  17. #17
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    35
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Using Google to search on home chain brew formulas, a few came up replicating Prolink. Many use Mobile 1(various
    multi weight formulas to various ratios of mineral spirits). However upon talking with Prolink, they say
    that it is not a lubricant, but an anti friction formula.
    Anyone remember the commercial for STP motor oil treatment many decades ago? It was impossible for the person to hold a flat bladed screwdriver, handle down,
    between their index finger and thumb on the driver blade, when covered with the STP. I have used moly,various oils,
    mineral spirits, motor oil treatment in different ratios.
    I used to even "floss" between the chain links after
    lubing to remove the excess oil with pipe cleaners.
    For the most part on my good bikes, I use Prolink for the road, and White Lighting on the mountain bikes.
    Last edited by toddbiker; 12-08-10 at 01:23 PM. Reason: spelling

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Oklahoma
    My Bikes
    Trek 5500, Colnago C-50
    Posts
    9,072
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think the most common formula for "homebrew" is 4 parts mineral spirits to 1 part (Mobil One) synthetic motor oil. Obviously there are other similar, and not so similar, formulas. I make mine 3 parts odorless mineral spirits to 1 part Mobil One because I normally have these in my garage anyway.

  19. #19
    AEO
    AEO is offline
    Senior Member AEO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
    My Bikes
    Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
    Posts
    12,245
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by toddbiker View Post
    Using Google to search on home chain brew formulas, a few came up replicating Prolink. Many use Mobile 1(various
    multi weight formulas to various ratios of mineral spirits). However upon talking with Prolink, they say
    that it is not a lubricant, but an anti friction formula.
    Anyone remember the commercial for STP motor oil treatment many decades ago? It was impossible for the person to hold a flat bladed screwdriver, handle down,
    between their index finger and thumb on the driver blade, when covered with the STP. I have used moly,various oils,
    mineral spirits, motor oil treatment in different ratios.
    I used to even "floss" between the chain links after
    lubing to remove the excess oil with pipe cleaners.
    For the most part on my good bikes, I use Prolink for the road, and White Lighting on the mountain bikes.
    they're trying to sell you stuff...
    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. ;)
    http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm

  20. #20
    Senior Member Jed19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    3,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by toddbiker View Post
    However upon talking with Prolink, they say
    that it is not a lubricant, but an anti friction formula.
    Although I use Prolink sometimes, as I was able to buy a big jug of it two years ago at a ridiculously low price, I smell bulls**t from the anti-friction crap.

    Homebrew lubes work fine. My formula was three-part mineral spirits and one-part Mobil Synthetic 10W-30. Any motor oil will do, but I already buy and use Mobil Syn 1 on my cars.
    Regards,

    Jed

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Oklahoma
    My Bikes
    Trek 5500, Colnago C-50
    Posts
    9,072
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by toddbiker View Post
    However upon talking with Prolink, they say
    that it is not a lubricant, but an anti friction formula.
    That's what a lubricant is, something to reduce friction. When ProLink was new I tried it on 4 different road bikes and in each case it caused the chain to make a slight buzzing noise so I threw it in the trash. I know it's very popular now so I'm thinking they must have improved the formula.

    Quote Originally Posted by toddbiker View Post
    Anyone remember the commercial for STP motor oil treatment many decades ago? It was impossible for the person to hold a flat bladed screwdriver, handle down,
    Back when I was a poor college student I would use STP in my 406 Ford because it would quieten down the solid lifters on a cold morning start.

  22. #22
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    18,788
    Mentioned
    44 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I use automatic transmission fluid as my lubricant. It holds small parts in suspension, which I suspect might reduce wear.

    Thanks for the eyedropper and hair-color applicator ideas! Amazon sells the applicator bottles!
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

    Tom Reingold
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

  23. #23
    Team Beer Cynikal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Sacramento CA
    My Bikes
    Too Many
    Posts
    5,765
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks all. Now I have a new project.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

  24. #24
    Pro Paper Plane Pilot wunderkind's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,624
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Reusing one of those 3-in-1 oil bottles. The tip is perfectly sized to lube droplets.
    I do want the newer version of the bottles that has extension hose for getting into tight awkward areas.
    Vancouver Modern Portrait Photography

    Zenfolio.com membership discount code: UBV-HJY-SCY

  25. #25
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    18,788
    Mentioned
    44 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I just found a FREE local source for those bottles. But only for me.

    Tom
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

    Tom Reingold
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •