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Old 11-10-07, 08:27 AM   #1
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Cold Weather Lube

Hi All,

What do you like to use to lubricate your chain and gears during the cold weather (from about 10 or 15 deg F to about 40 degree F).

I've been using some "White Lightning" product that is excellent in the warm weather. It's a dry, waxy like lube (applies wet, dries to a waxy coating) and eat keeps my chains clean yet lubed, even though I ride on some gravely/dusty roads. However, with the colder weather, it seems like the white lightning product might not be ideal. What do you like to use?

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Old 11-10-07, 09:46 AM   #2
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Old 11-12-07, 03:07 PM   #3
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Dumonde Tech Lite ehhh? I'll have to give it a try I'm a white lightning fan all year even here in Wyoming it works great even in the negatives.
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I try and use a "wet" lube for snowy rides other than that it is status quo.
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I use white lightning year round. In the winter/rain I use it more often.
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Boeshield. T-9

I got the tip from the year round messengers. I don't know why but it seems to work and last better than anything I've tried. It was developed by Boeing originally. Kinda expensive though.
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Lpd-9 in the summer,Boeshield t-9 in the winter
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I swear by Finish Line XC.

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How about cables ??? Just finished 22 miles in 22F-25F (first time we've been in low 20's this year) and my front brake and front derailleur were froze up solid shortly after starting out. I had just done (a crappy job I guess) a winter prep last weekend and cleaned and oiled cables without removing them. Imagine I can just replace them but is it enough to pump light oil through the housings before re-threading the cable, or do I need to replace the cable housings too?
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I swear by Finish Line XC.

Yep. When it's nasty, this is what I switch to.
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I have been using Purple Extreme for the last 2 years, summer and winter. It has been the best lasting of any lube I have used.
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Yup, this stuff is the shizzle. Protects against salt/sand/sludge better than anything else I've tried. Way less messy than Phil's.
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Mobil1 automobile engine oil, by far the best nasty condition lube I've used. Better than Finish Line and a fraction of the cost. My car takes 3.5 litres, I by 4 when I do the bi-annual oil change and the remainder goes in my old Finish Line bottles for bike duty.
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How about cables ??? Just finished 22 miles in 22F-25F (first time we've been in low 20's this year) and my front brake and front derailleur were froze up solid shortly after starting out. I had just done (a crappy job I guess) a winter prep last weekend and cleaned and oiled cables without removing them. Imagine I can just replace them but is it enough to pump light oil through the housings before re-threading the cable, or do I need to replace the cable housings too?
This problem is why I bought a fixed-gear bike, 17 years ago. If you get wet and freezing conditions, the water gets into the gears and brakes then freezes. If you have soft powdery snow, the snow builds up on gear and blocks them.
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Mobil1 automobile engine oil, by far the best nasty condition lube I've used. Better than Finish Line and a fraction of the cost. My car takes 3.5 litres, I by 4 when I do the bi-annual oil change and the remainder goes in my old Finish Line bottles for bike duty.
I would imagine straight oil attracts quite a bit of crud.

See separate thread on Bike Mechanics forum:
Campagnolo RECORD ULTRA Narrow C-10 Chain questions

Sounds like combo of mineral spirits and oil may be worth trying.
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Mobil1 automobile engine oil, by far the best nasty condition lube I've used. Better than Finish Line and a fraction of the cost. My car takes 3.5 litres, I by 4 when I do the bi-annual oil change and the remainder goes in my old Finish Line bottles for bike duty.
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Same here.

I've tried all sorts of lubes, from Finish line to expensive motorcycle lubes. The engine oil is nearly as good as Finish line and a heck of a lot cheaper. It all washes off quickly in foul wet weather anyway, better to concentrate on regular application than fret over what to use.
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So, people's particular favorites aside, do the parafin-based dry lubes work ok in the winter, or do they get too stiff?
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So, people's particular favorites aside, do the parafin-based dry lubes work ok in the winter, or do they get too stiff?
My experience with these in winter has been very poor.
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This problem is why I bought a fixed-gear bike, 17 years ago. If you get wet and freezing conditions, the water gets into the gears and brakes then freezes. If you have soft powdery snow, the snow builds up on gear and blocks them.
A good maintenance regimen has prevented this from happening to me.
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Boeshield. T-9

I got the tip from the year round messengers. I don't know why but it seems to work and last better than anything I've tried. It was developed by Boeing originally. Kinda expensive though.
boeshield is very good lube

but you will need to remove pulley chocolate more often, as it builds up
there more with T9


T9 is a sticky wax basically.

it is the business in winter though
as most crud cannot make it fail.

it is also
very easy to control out of the can.

you can press a little bit and it drips out slowly
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T9 is a sticky wax basically.
While it may have wax components, it is NOTHING like a wax lube. T9 is very similar to a lot of the other lubes that have "wet" in the title.
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While it may have wax components, it is NOTHING like a wax lube. T9 is very similar to a lot of the other lubes that have "wet" in the title.
ok let me rephrase it then

it is like glue that never dries ?

like snot that doesn't ...errr....?

well....it -is- sticky stuff. i use it all the time in winter, [just not inside cable housing]
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