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    Bike Lubricants

    Which bike lubricants do you guys use? I been hearing about Finish-line, white lightning???

    Also is it true that a bike lubricant that is not right for your chain rings or rear cog will automatically turn to black color after a while once you apply it?

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    Yay, been waiting for our weekly lube thread!

    IME, all lubes will turn black and nasty.

    There are lots of lubes on there, must of the work fine, as long as you use the right type for your needs. I.e. Don't use dry lubes in rainy environments.

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    I am a firm believer in Synthetic oils and grease. Every moving part of my bike, except the chain, has Mobile 1, synthetic grease or Super Lube synthetic grease. All of my ball bearings have Mobil 1 and the all the non ball bearing parts like the brake post have Super Lube. What I use is pictured below.


    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/83684388@N06/7862065738/]Synthetic Grease
    Last edited by GrandaddyBiker; 08-26-12 at 01:21 AM. Reason: change a word

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    Here are my thoughts on bike lube: I prefer Pro-Link. I don't clean my chain. Instead, I liberally apply lube to the chain while turning the pedals backwards. I then use an old t-shirt and wipe the excess off by continuing to turn the pedals backwards. I do this once a week or so, depending on how much I've been riding. That's it. No Simple Green, no ultrasonic cleaners, no homemade lubes.

    And for what it's worth, the lube is for the chain, not the cassette or chainring. They don't have any moving parts.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    I thought we were talking about lube for the entire bike not just the chain. On the chain I use Super Lube synthetic in the spray can. Super Lube is some good stuff, for information on it; http://www.super-lube.com/silicone-l...fe-ezp-53.html


    Super Lube can by Bike Pictures Trek 2013, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonLee View Post
    Which bike lubricants do you guys use? I been hearing about Finish-line, white lightning???

    Also is it true that a bike lubricant that is not right for your chain rings or rear cog will automatically turn to black color after a while once you apply it?
    I think that all lubricant threads could be appropriately moved to Religion and Politics.

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    i think if you apply it to the chain and turn the pedals the cassette and chainring will automatically get some lubricant on it.

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    do they have lube that just say for all weather condition would be best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonLee View Post
    i think if you apply it to the chain and turn the pedals the cassette and chainring will automatically get some lubricant on it.
    Yes, that's true, but the purpose of chain lube is to lubricate the rollers that make up the links of the chain. See http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html#lube
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    White Lightning Wet ride, doesn't gunk up or attract dirt at all........unlike some others I use.

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    If you just hang the bike on the wall it will stay pristine..
    no wait you have to keep the dust off it, nevermind.

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    I like XY Velo, myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    If you just hang the bike on the wall it will stay pristine..
    no wait you have to keep the dust off it, nevermind.
    Keeping the dust off reminds me of a close friend that lived a few houses down from me (he had to move to another state to keep his job). My friend loved corvettes and he bought a new corvette every 2 years. He had another corvette that he drove everyday but the new corvette was only driven on special occasions. He kept the new corvette in the garage with a bed sheet over it to keep dust off of it.

    When he went to sell his corvette in order to get another new one, he would advertise very low mileage, hardly driven and he would be telling the truth.

    What has this got to do with bikes? Nothing, we old people like to reminisce sometimes.

    However, the OP wanting to know what people, who have been riding a long time use to keep their bikes in top shape, is understandable. I like to know what other people use too.

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    Diesel fuel. Penetrates quick, cleans the gunk out/off, leaves a nice film of oil for lube and rust prevention. Very cheap.

    If you're a bit leery of diesel, this.

    Oh heck, support your lbs and buy whatever they've got. It'll work just fine.
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