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Old 08-28-12, 07:40 PM   #1
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Lube your chain with WD-40?

This is bound to lead to confusion or in my case laughter.



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Old 08-28-12, 07:53 PM   #2
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Yes, it will lead to much confusion, and even more arguments ...... get out the popcorn :
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WD-40 has become a brand rather then just the formula for the contents.
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Old 08-28-12, 08:59 PM   #4
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WD-40 has become a brand rather then just the formula for the contents.
It is very surprising that it has taken this long for them to diversify their product line to take advantage of their brand recognition. Looking at the products section of their website, it is all regular WD-40 just different packaging.
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It's not on their Web Site yet, however, they are introducing a product specifically for bicycle chains.
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Very many bike chain lube products out there , It's a crowded field.
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Old 08-29-12, 02:04 PM   #7
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It's not on their Web Site yet, however, they are introducing a product specifically for bicycle chains.


You mean like the stuff pictured in the OP?
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Old 08-29-12, 08:00 PM   #8
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Old 08-29-12, 08:06 PM   #9
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Everybody says don't lube your chain with WD-40. everybody's ALWAYS said don't lube your chain with WD-40. I don't lube my chain with WD-40. but before I found out it wouldn't work, I lubed my chains with WD-40 for years, and I never had any problems.
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Old 08-29-12, 08:26 PM   #10
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My understanding is that WD 40 is NOT a lube but is a solvent. Using regular WD 40 attracts dirt. WD 40 "Bike", as pictured, sounds like it will be a new and different product.
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Old 08-29-12, 08:28 PM   #11
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Everybody says don't lube your chain with WD-40. everybody's ALWAYS said don't lube your chain with WD-40. I don't lube my chain with WD-40. but before I found out it wouldn't work, I lubed my chains with WD-40 for years, and I never had any problems.
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Everybody says don't lube your chain with WD-40. everybody's ALWAYS said don't lube your chain with WD-40. I don't lube my chain with WD-40. but before I found out it wouldn't work, I lubed my chains with WD-40 for years, and I never had any problems.
I suffered from that misanderstunding too. If it is cold, dark and raining and I need to do some chain first aid, I may spray WD40. I dont expect it to last more than a day and I usually add some bike lube later. If I have GT-85 or some other bike lube, I prefer that but WD40 works in a crisis.

When the tin is empty, I puncture it and drain out the liquid, I usually get about 2 whiskey miniatures worth which is handy for cleaning cones and stuff.
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Old 08-30-12, 02:01 AM   #13
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My understanding is that WD 40 is NOT a lube but is a solvent.
It is both - it is a light lube in a solvent carrier. The idea is that the solvent allows the spray to dissolve dirt and allow the lube into tight places. After the solvent evaporates, the lube is left behind.

It's not the best chain lube, but if used regularly with a rag to clean the chain it does a decent job. It is certainly better than nothing. Assuming you wipe the chain down afterwards, my experience is that it attracts a lot less dirt than most dedicated chain lubes. There's a bit of compromise here - from the standpoint of chain lubrication, you'd like a sticky heavy lubricant, but from the standpoint of not attracting dirt, you want a dry thin lubricant.

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Old 08-30-12, 02:06 AM   #14
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It is both - it is a light lube in a solvent carrier. The idea is that the solvent allows the spray to dissolve dirt and allow the lube into tight places. After the solvent evaporates, the lube is left behind.

It's not the best chain lube, but if used regularly with a rag to clean the chain it does a decent job. It is certainly better than nothing.

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Old 08-30-12, 07:39 PM   #15
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I've used it for hundreds of years. (Not like exclusively tho)

I literally can not remember ever having a chain problem in 3O+ some odd years of riding and racing road,bmx and mountain bikes.

Pretty lucky I guess.
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My understanding is that WD 40 is NOT a lube but is a solvent. Using regular WD 40 attracts dirt. WD 40 "Bike", as pictured, sounds like it will be a new and different product.
Of course it is a lubricant. Any liquid petroleum based product is a lubricant. Spray some on the floor and your boot will slip in it. It is not even debatable that it is a lubricant. Whether it is the ideal lubricant for a given application IS debatable.

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"Everybody says don't lube your chain with WD-40. everybody's ALWAYS said don't lube your chain with WD-40. I don't lube my chain with WD-40. but before I found out it wouldn't work, I lubed my chains with WD-40 for years, and I never had any problems." Velo Dog

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"Everybody says don't lube your chain with WD-40. everybody's ALWAYS said don't lube your chain with WD-40. I don't lube my chain with WD-40. but before I found out it wouldn't work, I lubed my chains with WD-40 for years, and I never had any problems." Velo Dog



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Old 09-01-12, 12:48 AM   #19
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Everybody says don't lube your chain with WD-40. everybody's ALWAYS said don't lube your chain with WD-40.

Chain? Don't lube ANYTHING with WD-40, it was never intended as a lube. Before I learned that I did lube stuff with it, and I used it for a metal preservative too. It worked well enough as a metal preservative but that might have been because I was diligent with using it and I live in a dry area. As a lube I noticed that it didn't last any time at all. Now I know why. The company that makes WD-40 somehow scored a big win in customer recognition because everybody buys the stuff to use as a lube instead of buying more appropriate products.

Go to any type of hardware store and you will find REAL lubricants on the shelf next to the WD-40. I bought a product called "Super Lube" and it works very well. I still have and use WD-40, but I use it for what it was intended for and that is to displace water. Say you get your carbon steel tools wet somehow- spray them liberally with WD-40, wipe them off well, then spray them with proper oil/preservative.
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Kind of expensive isn't it? Considering that you have to keep using it every ride or two?
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How about using WD-40 for lubing a hub that has an oil port? The little red plastic tube would be great for spraying into the hub frequently. Anyone try that?
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My son raced motocross from the age of 8-18. I was his self learned mechanic. He had a chain lube sponsor that supplied us with chain lube for free as long as he had their stickers on his bike. I used wd40 and gave the expensive chain lube that attracted more dirt than glue to people at the track. He never had a chain failure and never wore out a chain or sprockets faster then anyone else. I did however apply wd40 before every practice or moto. Wd40 cleans and lubes as long as you apply it often. Regular chain lube works well too, as long as you wipe off the dirt and reapply when needed.
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How about using WD-40 for lubing a hub that has an oil port? The little red plastic tube would be great for spraying into the hub frequently. Anyone try that?
I would not recommend it unless it is an emergency and/or that is all that you have. It will work to some extent but there are better products available. Any good spray lube that is really a lube will also have a little red tube that will help get it into the little hole.
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