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Wogster 02-26-11 02:19 PM

How often do you lube your chain, on the trainer?
 
This is for those of you who, like me spend you winter quality riding time, on the trainer. How often do you lube your chain, while the bike is on the trainer? Does anyone else notice that when the bike is on the trainer, it tends to spray a bit of lube on the floor?

thestoutdog 02-26-11 04:37 PM

Thanks for the reminder, I've been meaning to do that for awhile now. I only lube if it appears a bit dry, I mean its not as if its getting "dirty" in my basement.

CraigB 02-26-11 05:57 PM

You could always "kick it old-school" (as the kids say these days) and use paraffin. That shouldn't spatter at all.

CliftonGK1 02-26-11 07:24 PM

I use Finish Line Dry (red cap) for summer outdoor and winter indoor. Never noticed that I get any spatter from it; it's really lightweight and a single drop per roller and a quick wipe afterwards seems to last around a month of riding the rollers.

ChrisO 02-26-11 07:29 PM

Um, I never lube my chain during the "trainer" months. It doesn't get dirty, and I'm not putting nearly the miles on it that I do during the "dry" months; just doesn't seem to need it. I have not noticed chain oil being sprayed on the floor.

billydonn 02-26-11 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisO (Post 12284693)
Um, I never lube my chain during the "trainer" months. It doesn't get dirty, and I'm not putting nearly the miles on it that I do during the "dry" months; just doesn't seem to need it. I have not noticed chain oil being sprayed on the floor.

About the same here except that I do lube the chain just very occasionally... perhaps a better wipedown after lubrication is called for to avoid the oil spray?

Wogster 02-26-11 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by billydonn (Post 12285227)
About the same here except that I do lube the chain just very occasionally... perhaps a better wipedown after lubrication is called for to avoid the oil spray?

Seems no matter how careful the wipe down, it gets a little on the floor, I put some plastic under it and that keeps the floor clean, I want to get a rubber mat for under there next year, to cut the vibration....

bautieri 02-28-11 07:26 AM

Lube on the floor is just the nature of the beast when it comes to indoor riding. You could give dry lube a shot, a big bottle of White Lighting will set you back about six dollars and seems to work pretty well.

Kylerk 02-28-11 08:45 AM

Remember there is a trade-off when selecting what you use to lube your chain - some products (dry lubes) set-up dry and are designed to keep your chain clean in dirty conditions, but have the weakness of not standing up to wet conditions; while other products (wet lubes) stay wet and are designed to protect your chain in wet conditions, but have the weakness of attracting dirt.

During the winter months when I use my trainer, I maintain my chain with a dry lube like White Lightning Clean Ride. Since it sets up as a dry wax there is no splatter, and it stays clean through the whole winter.

Two problems with using web lubes indoors -- splatter, and over the course of the winter the chain tends to act as a magnet for house dust when the bike's not in use.


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