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Old 09-18-16, 10:31 PM   #26
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When we stop for the evening our usual routine is to set up camp then my wife does her journal, and I check over the gear and start dinner. I really go over the bikes at least once a week. If water is available I'll wash the bikes down, especially rims and brake pads with soap, wipe and lube the chain, and check rack bolts. I may be a little anul about keeping the bikes clean, especially when it is raining and/or we are riding a lot of dirt roads. I also enjoy riding a clean, well maintained bike. Besides, we are not going anywhere until my wife finishes the Journal. I'm a little more meticulous about our chains when not on a tour. It is just wipe and lube on tour.
The division of labour is very favourable for your wife.
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If you are flying with your bike to the starting point you aren’t going to take any lubes with you if you want you and your bike to get past TSA. In which case look for a bike shop near the airport or on your route and see what they have to offer. The alternative is finding a hardware store and getting a bottle of Tri-Flow, which they all seem to carry. I’ve used it and give it a passing grade.

On my last tour I knew I would be doing a fair amount of riding on dirt roads and opted to take WL Clean Ride. On the third evening I was camping in British Columbia in the Cascade Mountains. I wiped the chain down and applied Clean Ride. The cool mountain air turned to a drizzle. By morning the Clean Ride was still wet. After riding on a wet muddy logging road the Sun came out and dried the chain and cemented all the mud and grit permanently to the chain. No amount of wiping would take it off. Worse yet, like one of the above posters, I had poured the Clean Ride into a two ounce Nalgene squeeze bottle. In the warm dry weather that followed all the solvent evaporated presumably through the walls of the little squeeze bottle leaving a hard plug of wax stuck at the bottom. So while I use Clean Ride in the comfort of my garage, I don’t think it will be touring with me again.
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If you are flying with your bike to the starting point you aren’t going to take any lubes with you if you want you and your bike to get past TSA. In which case look for a bike shop near the airport or on your route and see what they have to offer. The alternative is finding a hardware store and getting a bottle of Tri-Flow, which they all seem to carry. I’ve used it and give it a passing grade.

On my last tour I knew I would be doing a fair amount of riding on dirt roads and opted to take WL Clean Ride. On the third evening I was camping in British Columbia in the Cascade Mountains. I wiped the chain down and applied Clean Ride. The cool mountain air turned to a drizzle. By morning the Clean Ride was still wet. After riding on a wet muddy logging road the Sun came out and dried the chain and cemented all the mud and grit permanently to the chain. No amount of wiping would take it off. Worse yet, like one of the above posters, I had poured the Clean Ride into a two ounce Nalgene squeeze bottle. In the warm dry weather that followed all the solvent evaporated presumably through the walls of the little squeeze bottle leaving a hard plug of wax stuck at the bottom. So while I use Clean Ride in the comfort of my garage, I don’t think it will be touring with me again.
I am not so sure about that. I've travelled with lube in a small bottle as mentioned previously in one of my posts, and haven't been pulled up over it. The bottle, of course, has been with my tools in the bike box, not in my personal carry-on, or other checked luggage.

The sensors the TSA and other airport security people use look for explosives of a certain type or combination. Bicycle lube isn't one of them, as far as I am aware. Otherwise, the lube on chains would raise red flags every time.
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If you are flying with your bike to the starting point you aren’t going to take any lubes with you if you want you and your bike to get past TSA.
Never had any problem, but this is an interesting observation. Were you asked to remove lubricant from your checked luggage?

My understanding is that bike lubricants are allowed
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Never had any problem, but this is an interesting observation. Were you asked to remove lubricant from your checked luggage?

My understanding is that bike lubricants are allowed



I frequently fly with my bicycle in and out of KOA, Kailua Kona, Hawai`i, which is a small airport with a large number of bicycles coming and going due to the number of triathlon events including the Ironman World Championships coming up next month on the island. I’m asked two questions with regularity. One, “Do you have CO2 cylinders?” Two, “Do you have any bicycle lubricants?”

To answer your question directly, no I’ve never had any pulled from checked or carry-on luggage. Simply put, I try to be a “good scout” and never pack any bike lubes when I’m traveling by plane. It is easy enough to pick something up on the road that will do the job.


Here’s the TSA list of prohibited items. “DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE . . .” is printed in bold letters on my bottle of White Lightning Clean Ride, which I bought at a Kona LBS. Just to check that the warning wasn’t hyperbole, I squirted a little into a metal lid and struck a match. My untrained eye puts it ahead of charcoal lighter fluid as to how fast it caught fire and how hot it burned.
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“DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE . . .” is printed in bold letters on my bottle of White Lightning Clean Ride, which I bought at a Kona LBS.
Good point. Thanks for bringing this up.

Settles the question as far as I am concerned.

I have and will carry oil-based lubricants and will rationalize that it is not worse than vegetable oil (ex: olive oil) which can be checked.
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Reference to this recent thread:
Drivetrain maintenance on tour

I didn't weigh in on this thread because Stuart was all over it…
I much prefer a clean drive train that doesn't accumulate the grit to begin with.
I use White Lighting Clean Ride on my chains.
The drivetrain shown in the pic has more than 200 miles since last wiped and lubed.
This bike spends lots of time on decomposed granite paths, crushed limestone, and dirt single track as a way to vary my commute. Commuted 30+ miles mostly off road the day before I took the photo. Again, did not lube or clean the chain before the photo. No need. I did wipe the frame, chain stays, and wheels with a damp rag for the photo as it was posted in the Commuter Bicycle Pics thread.

The trade off is that my drivetrain is a bit noisier than if using an oil based lube. Easy decision for me as I prefer a drive train that doesn't stick the grit to begin with.
Also, it takes a bit to transition to the wax. Seems as if you must apply more frequently at first to displace the old lube and grit before the wax 'takes over', or provides complete lubrication and coverage. Wax and spin the chain, let it dry overnight. Wipe down in the AM. After a few initial applications, drivetrain good to go for quite some time.
The drivetrains on my touring rigs and road bike are just as clean.

I do live in Austin, Tx. A hot, dry, dusty place, most of the time.

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Old 09-19-16, 07:26 PM   #33
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“DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE . . .” is printed in bold letters on my bottle of White Lightning Clean Ride, which I bought at a Kona LBS. Just to check that the warning wasn’t hyperbole, I squirted a little into a metal lid and struck a match. My untrained eye puts it ahead of charcoal lighter fluid as to how fast it caught fire and how hot it burned.

Looks like I just found my entertainment for the evening...
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Another vote for "Boeshield T9" here. It's been working out great for me.

However, I may give this other product a try next time around. It seems to have all the properties of the Boeshield T9, but for about 1/2 the price.

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Old 09-26-16, 02:18 PM   #35
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I used Boeshield on a long tour, but I didn't set a timer and wipe it off 60 minutes after applying weekly. Result was an impressive build-up of gritty goo on the idler pulleys that took a screwdriver, lots of clean rags, and some mineral spirits to remove when I got home.


The two chains that I wasted using White Lightning lasted 15-20% less than what I usually get. Lube disappeared every time the weatherman said "rain," and I didn't need to worry about brakes squeaking because the chain squealed so loud. It's probably better to get the real stuff and drink it, maybe you don't worry about the squeaking.


Pick a lube that looks good for the conditions you expect, and start your very own chain lube religion.
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While touring I've just checked at gas stations for discarded 'empty' oil containers. They normally still have plenty of oil inside for a bike chain.
I've done this. There is no need to carry any chain lube while touring. Stop at gas station and find a discarded bottle of oil to lube the chain. And NO, you don't need synthetic oil.. that is just a stupid statement.

So use something like Chain-L, and then re-lube when needed with motor oil.
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Old 09-27-16, 04:15 AM   #37
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I've used olive oil on my chain while on tour. Works great and lubes the bike or is great with meals.
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Old 09-27-16, 06:19 AM   #38
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Looks like I just found my entertainment for the evening...
So have I!

Oh

Wait

I don't have any White Lightning in my stocks.

Oh well.

I wonder how Tri-Flow and Rock 'n' Roll and Boeshield all react to a lit match.
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I've done this. There is no need to carry any chain lube while touring. Stop at gas station and find a discarded bottle of oil to lube the chain....
well, between this and dumpster diving for food,
not to mention the fingerless gloves,
any wonder some folks can't tell the diff'rence
tween cycle tourists and homeless dudes?
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well, between this and dumpster diving for food,
not to mention the fingerless gloves,
any wonder some folks can't tell the diff'rence
tween cycle tourists and homeless dudes?


The homeless on bikes are dirty and smelly.... the cycle tourist are just dirty.
The homeless on bikes stay in the same place all the time....the cycle tourist keep on moving.
The homeless on bikes take Chain-L internally.....The cycle tourist apply externally.
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I know I'm late to the party, but curious if anyone has tried a thick oil (eg Chain-L), wiping off all the residue, and then applying a wax based lube on top (eg white lightning or squirt)


I use chain-L and it's great but it picks up tons of dust, which I imagine works inside the rollers. I would guess something wax based on top of chain-L would prevent that...?
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I get good miles from Chain L.

3600 the First time I used it.
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Same here. An empty eye-dropper bottle filled with (currently) Tri-Flow. When the chain starts to whir or squeaks, time to add a drop per roller. The little bottle fits neatly with the other tools, delivers the required size of drop, even with thicker motor oil (Mobil 1 which I used to use) and should be good for months of use.
For what its worth, I've been an amateur gunsmith for the past 30 years, and Mobil 1 is my go-to gun lube.

I like the notion of wiping down my chain and re-lubing after each days ride, but I know that sometimes thats just not practical. What I would consider is to stop in a small town, buy a cheap can of WD40, and give your chain a good power-washing. Rag it off, and apply your lube of choice. Done. Again, I too don't think choice of lube matters as much as does routine cleaning and lubing.
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Before a tour I do the chain with Putoline Hot Melt Wax after a good clean. That takes it back to a factory lubed state. Then when it starts squeaking (takes a long time) I use whatever bike chain lube I find in the shops first (because you can't carry a lot of lubes on planes). The extra in the bottle I use towards the end of the tour on bikes in bike racks if I find any with dry chains.... you know, punter goes into shop after riding squeaky bike, comes out and spends the entire ride home trying to figure out why their bike is different.
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I've used Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube for many years. I get excellent chain life with it. I bring a small bottle with me on tour. It's not labeled Flammable. I tried to light in on fire, but couldn't. The label says not to drink it. It lasts very well in the rain, as might be supposed, thus it also lasts a long time in the dry.

Method: wipe chain, apply lube, rotate crank slowly 100 times, wipe off excess. Paper towels work great for this.
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Tri flow dry. Wipe chain down when I remember. Apply lube once in a while.
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