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Old 08-23-10, 10:59 PM   #1
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Best places to buy lubes?

Since I am new, I don't have experience buying lube. I just bought 2 bottles of lube, one is chain lube. I bought them from online, and they don't seem cheap (considering including shipping cost). So I wonder, is it usually cheaper to buy them online or in local bike shop, or local ___-mart department store?
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Old 08-23-10, 11:03 PM   #2
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Never thought to price-check, I just pick it up at the local bike shop when I'm in there.
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Patronize your local bike shop, many online sellers charge you retail + shipping ..

Walk into a 'Brick and Mortar' bike shop, and you save on the shipping. ..
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Local shop for sure. Sometimes I'll order online if I'm placing a large order.
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I get lube far cheaper at Sport Chalet type stores than I do at the local overpriced LBS.
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I've never worried about the price of chain lube. I only use it a drop at a time on each chain link so even one of those tiny bottles lasts me a looong time.
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Cheapest chain lube is none at all. After that is DIY wax. Consider a stainless steel chain.
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I use Dupont Teflon on my motorcycle chains as well as the bicycle. $5 a can at Lowes.


Cheap and clean. Doesn't attract dirt or dust like wet lubes do.
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I bought a 6 oz Tri-Flow superior lube w/ teflon from online and with shipping it cost me $15 total
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Lubes-R-Us, right next to Spatula City
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Stainless is not immune to friction, Geo8ge, you lubricate a chain to increase the wear life,

and reduce friction, on the moving surfaces. or at least I do ,

you can replace stainless chains if you wish .. they are softer with all that nickel

in the alloy , so wear faster than regular steel and are hard to heat treat harder.
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