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Old 05-22-12, 12:11 PM   #1
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Grease/lubricant for chain on Brompton?

Any recommendations from Brompton owners (or others) on what works best for keeping the chain nicely lubricated? Or just whatever my local LBS recommends?

Any other general maintenance tips?

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Brompton chain lube is a special mixture that is rendered from the fat of baby seals...

Any good quality chain lube should do... secret is to apply it and then wipe off the excess until the chain is dry to the touch as the lube on the outside does nothing but attract dirt and on that note, would avoid Tri Flow in any environment with a lot of dust as it seems to attract more than most.
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Brompton chain lube is a special mixture that is rendered from the fat of baby seals...
THAT was too funny. And I do research in environment too.

I've been riding the Brompton enough that I better pay attention to maintenance and ask for some tips. It's been a long while since I've done any real maintenance on bikes. When I was a kid, I had the $99 special road bike knockoff from Canadian Tire and used to do all of my own work: changing flats, fine tuning the brakes, finessing the *friction* shifters. Ah, the good ol' days when I could break something and not care that much. What a pain it was to get that bike "just right" for rideability. I used to think that most bikes were pretty much junk, but now that I'm older I realize that a $99 bike is literally a $99 bike...
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I was hoping I'd find a wax that'd work well but the better lubricating ones attract lots of dirt like oil and also gunk up chainrings / sprockets. I tried the water-based 'Squirt' and found it to be complete rubbish; a congealing, non-lubricating mess.

The nice thing about wiping oil off the chain with a brompton is that you can do it in 'parked' mode, i.e. just backpedal whilst pushing a rag against the chain, without the need for a stand.

I quite like the Finish Line wet lube but yes, any oil will do.
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THAT was too funny. And I do research in environment too.

I've been riding the Brompton enough that I better pay attention to maintenance and ask for some tips. It's been a long while since I've done any real maintenance on bikes. When I was a kid, I had the $99 special road bike knockoff from Canadian Tire and used to do all of my own work: changing flats, fine tuning the brakes, finessing the *friction* shifters. Ah, the good ol' days when I could break something and not care that much. What a pain it was to get that bike "just right" for rideability. I used to think that most bikes were pretty much junk, but now that I'm older I realize that a $99 bike is literally a $99 bike...
My preferred lube is "home brew" which is 3 parts mineral spirits mixed with one part motor oil... have tried pretty much every lube on the market over the past few decades and there is always something "new" and "improved" coming along and this serves me well 12 months of the year and costs far less than commercial lubricants which are not any better because they are essentially oil and mineral spirits (solvent).
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I don't do anything with a chain until the original grease it was packed with is dirty or gone. Then I completely clean the chain (along with the rest of the drive train) and let it soak in parrafin wax. When I get lazy I use Maxima motorcycle chain wax which is a spray on lube... let it dry overnight and rub off all external excess.
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