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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Bikes: Pinarello Prince, 1980's 531 steel fixie commuter, FrankenMTB
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Originally Posted by QuantumTurkey
Thanks for the VERY fast reply, so what do I need to look for in a bike specific oil, what specific ingredients or WD-X (I'm a bicycling and general maintenance newbie). Do I need different oils for the various parts, or can some share the same oils? (and if so, which of course)
People love all sorts of things for chain lube. White Lightning and Rock 'n Roll lubes have worked for me in the past, but they wear off pretty quickly. I'll let other people argue about the best bike-specific chain lube
I have a pile of lubes for different things. In terms of liquid lubrication:
derailleurs, pivots, and anything that moves relatively slowly: Phil's Tenacious Oil (a little pricey, but the bottle I have was like $14 and has lasted me 3 years so far - get it at a bike store)
Fast moving things, like chains: Singer Sewing Machine Oil (find it at wal-mart or any hobby store). I believe people also use gun oil to much the same effect. If you're adventurous, you can dilute motor oil with mineral spirits and try to come up with a good ratio for your chain, but the sewing machine oil is plenty cheap and works well. Mine even came with a lid with a perfect little squirter for oiling the chain.
Cleaning products NOT to be used as lubrication, no matter the slippery surface they seem to leave behind:
Anything else with grease cleaning properties.
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