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You're to be commended for your effort to spread good info to those who are willing to learn.
I've been a (proud, admittedly) ice-biker for a few decades now. Though there are conditions that even I won't ride in. But they're pretty extreme.
It's now the end of October, 2012. Winter has not set in yet, of course. But I'm looking forward to it and it's fun to be involved with those who are also looking forward to it.
I might even prefer ice-biking to summer biking, which is soooo hooooot....
I definitely prefer winter biking on clear roads.
It'll be nice.
I don't recommend to use WD40 as a lube, but it makes a good "emergency" lube when there is nothing else to choose.
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This is absolutely wonderful and informative. Thank you.
TriFlow is the best lubricant that I have found to keep the chain, derailleurs, and gears working in below freezing conditions. It displaces water and will not freeze until temperatures drop to 60 below 0 Fahrenheit.
This and other tips are on my website. Icecyclist.
It makes for a much cleaner running chain than Tri-flow and does not act as a dust / dirt magnet.
I don't know too many people who ride at 60 below... I have come close and not had any chain issues.
Pic from today... we have been getting some pretty balmy weather and have been warmer than many places in the southeast and central U.S.
Thank you for the tip. The upside of WD40 is that it is less expensive than Triflow. The downside is that its lowest operating temperature is -10 degrees Fahrenheit. About a dozen times a year I complete 30 mile rides in temperatures between 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. So, WD40 with a synthetic oil additive will not work for me as its operating temperature lower limit is too close to the temperatures I ride in.
In temperatures above freezing I use Maxima Chainwax as it keeps my chain nice and lubed for my longer 150 mile road rides. I hate having a squeaky chain after mile 100 with other bicycle lubes.
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In nice weather I might refresh the chain lube every 300-500km depending on the conditions.
I may give this option a try as it will save me lots of $$. A gallon of WD-40 is $17 versus a gallon of TriFlow at a whopping $71. My major concern is the chain freezing and bunching up 15 miles from home in a very rural environment. To get an idea of what that looks like, try washing your bike chain with water in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. It will freeze in the most unusual ways within a few minutes.
Maybe I will do a test of the "home brew" option on a very cold day close to home and see how it performs.
Lots of useful info here. I had a few questions as the winters here in Idaho can be formidable at times. The link to creating your own studded tires is extremely useful. Thank you!
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