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    Chain lube

    I'm a "roadie" and just purchased a MTB. When out on the MTB and had a blast, but hit a patch of sand and went over on the right side. The drivetrain got covered in sand. I brushed off what I could and finished my ride. When I got home I used my compressor to remove the rest of the sand. I then did the same cleaning I do in my road bike, but when I reached for the chain lube I thought if it was the best for a MTB since they come in contact with real dirt and grit unlike a road bike.

    So what lube should I use that does not attract and hold dirt?

    I use Finish Line Dry lube on my road bike.

    Thanks

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    I just switched from a thicker lube to a thinner one. I feel like I can wipe the chain down after application and get more of it off with the thin lube... and it soaks in faster.. If i wipe the exterior lube off less grit sticks and you want the oil on the part of the chain you cant see. many opinions on this subject but keeping it clean is the most important thing, and dont fear tossing it and putting on a new one.

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    Sounds like paraffin might be in your future, if you are going to be riding in all that sand.

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    Here is the rule of thumb for chain lubes. Wet conditions you will need to user a wet lube. Dry dusty or sandy conditions you need to use a dry type lube. Dupont chain saver lube is some of the best dry teflon lube you can get. Its about $7 a can and it will not fling off. You can wipe off the sand and reapply without having to use any degreaser, Simply spray on an ample amount to your dirty chain, run the chain through a rag, reapply the chain lube and you're good. I've been using this stuff for years when I was racing motorcycles and for all of my chainsaws etc. Great stuff, you will not be disappointed.

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    Never use compressed air on a chain or anywhere bearing seals are,, you are pressing the sand INTO the bearings or chain rollers.
    Same goes for High pressure water,,It's actually worse..

    Unless you do mostly wet rides this is all the lube you need:

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    And this is the best way to clean a MTB chain, or any chain IMO

    park-tool-usa-cyclone-chain-cleaner-cm-5.jpgparktool-chain-gang-cleaner.jpg

    I clean and completely dry then lube my mtb chain, I let it sit overnite then I use shop rags,
    wrapping them around the chain turning the crank and wiping as much lube off as I can.
    I wipe and I wipe in BOTH directions over and over, moving the rag to clean spots untill I get almost nothing.

    Then My chain Is ready for the sugar sand and dirt of central florida...
    I ride weekly and my sprocket and chain last at least two seasons...

    When I replace them I buy the cheaper stuff,$69 cassette's, $29 chains They work just fine..
    Hey It's a dirt bike, not a road bike
    Last edited by osco53; 04-16-15 at 04:25 PM.
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