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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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    I brought snacks!

    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    We Have Not Had This One In A While......let The Fun Begin!!
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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.
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
    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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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpotamus View Post
    Do you think "chain lube" is a scam?
    Yup. I use transmission fluid.

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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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    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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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.
    Mud
    I'm not old! I've always been wrinkled, balding with a spare tire.

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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.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsblake View Post
    Yup. I use transmission fluid.
    3 in 1 oil since I was a kid. Never a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLee View Post
    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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    Seriously? Must we have another one of these discussions?

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    I lube my chain with the bowels of other chains. It makes my chain very powerful, and unstoppable in battle.
    "I'd rather be a murderer than to be a murder victim"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLee View Post
    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.
    Beef tallow. It's Kosher, if that matters to you.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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