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Old 04-22-08, 04:09 PM   #1
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Chain lubrication

I used mineral oil on my chain when I ran out of Tri-flow recently and my drivetrain is still working great. A friend of mine uses canola oil on his commuter without any problems. Do you think "chain lube" is a scam?
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Old 04-22-08, 04:14 PM   #2
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Not to give a serious answer or anything, but my buddy who used to wrench for the USCT says a bike's lube needs aren't very demanding. The forces and speeds involved are generally low compared to a car. i used WD40 on my chain for years before I was told it wouldn't work, and never had a problem. As a kid learning to do my own work, I routinely lubed the wheel bearings with oil dripped off the dipstick on my dad's car.
Having said that, I go through about one bottle of ProLink a year, even lubing my chain between one and two times a week. It works well, is convenient to use and costs almost nothing per application, so why not?
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Not even an iota of effort into this troll.
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Not to give a serious answer or anything, but my buddy who used to wrench for the USCT says a bike's lube needs aren't very demanding. The forces and speeds involved are generally low compared to a car. i used WD40 on my chain for years before I was told it wouldn't work, and never had a problem. As a kid learning to do my own work, I routinely lubed the wheel bearings with oil dripped off the dipstick on my dad's car.
Having said that, I go through about one bottle of ProLink a year, even lubing my chain between one and two times a week. It works well, is convenient to use and costs almost nothing per application, so why not?
I go through more, lalso ubing my chain one or two times per week.
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Do you think "chain lube" is a scam?
Yup. I use transmission fluid.
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Old 04-22-08, 07:07 PM   #9
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Canola is a poor choice for a chain lube. It's full of polyunsaturated fat, which polymerizes into goo. Polyunsaturated: good for your heart, bad for your chain.
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I use Oster clipper oil. It's the best ever.



Because it was free for a 24 oz. can, that's why. Bike chains are not running at high speeds or under high temps. Any light oil 5w or lighter should be fine.
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C'mon Man! Trolls need to be lubed once in a while. Peanut butter oil is great for dosing trolls with.
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I like to dip my chain in rendered bacon fat, works nice & I get one hell of a workout by outrunning the dogs in my neighborhood.
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I don't care what you use. Just wipe the excess off when you're done.
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Yup. I use transmission fluid.
3 in 1 oil since I was a kid. Never a problem.
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I like to dip my chain in rendered bacon fat, works nice & I get one hell of a workout by outrunning the dogs in my neighborhood.
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..........bacon fat.
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I lube my chain with the bowels of other chains. It makes my chain very powerful, and unstoppable in battle.
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Beef tallow. It's Kosher, if that matters to you.
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