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Old 06-30-15, 08:02 AM
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What oil to use and how often do I oil?

Hey guys i am still a beginner at the whole sport but i have been riding for just over a year and still haven't found the perfect oil to use on my gears and chain. I have trying a wide variety from WD-40 all the way to wax lube and dry lube. Does any body have a lubricant that they could recommend to me? thanks!!!


Also i as wondering how often my bike should be oiled? (i ride in a rainy/wet environment and ride about every other weekend in the spring, summer, and fall)
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Chain L works for me.
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Once in awhile I'll oil something other than the chain but not very darn often. Most of the time all that I do is to keep my bike components as clean as I can.

The chain is the exception. It operates out in the open and right where the front wheel pumps water onto it every time that you ride through a puddle. WHEN MY CHAIN STARTS TO MAKE NOISE I clean it off as well as I can on the bike. I just use a dry rag or maybe spray a little WD40 onto the rag if the chain is really grungy. Then I give the solvent time to flash off and put the smallest drop of commercial chain lube (currently Chain-L) that I can manage on each link. I give the lube time to migrate into the chain and try to wipe all of the excess off of the exterior of the chain. That's all that I do and my chains last long enough that I don't bother to keep track of their mileage.
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Originally Posted by trevor1968 View Post
Does any body have a lubricant that they could recommend to me? thanks!!!
Oh no! Don't ask *THAT* question. LOL!

Now well all have to answer.

I like Chain-L. I've tried Teflon and wax-based lubes, and I've come back to oil for the longevity of it. Chain-L happens to be the thickest and longest-lasting I've used. Finish Line makes a pretty good oil-based lube as well.

You asked how often. That depends. I go until the chain feels dry enough that I lube it even though maybe I could go longer. (Sometimes that is weeks). And definitely I lube whenever there is a hint of squeaking. This week I lubed after taking some bikes out after a storm and the kids rode them through mud puddles in the road. Grit and sand everywhere including the chains. We got rained on too, so I wiped everything down and put on fresh lube.
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ProGold ProLink.

2 drops per roller, let it soak in, wipe off all excess from top, bottom of rollers and side links of the chain.

Do not mass apply, it is a waste and helps nothing at all.
There is no need to put any lubricant on your chain rings or cassette, just on the chain rollers.

Wipe any old dirt and lube from the chain rings, cogs and RD rollers while you are lubricating the chain.

Do it once a week. Chain will be silent and all you will hear is rubber on the road.

Relube if you get caught in the rain.
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Is there any body who have tryed progold prolink and chain-L? I have heard great things about both.
If so which one would you guys recommend to be the better lube, there both about the same price on amazon for a 4oz bottle

Thanks!!!!
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Originally Posted by trevor1968 View Post
Is there any body who have tryed progold prolink and chain-L? I have heard great things about both.
If so which one would you guys recommend to be the better lube, there both about the same price on amazon for a 4oz bottle

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Chain L... You only Need 1/2 of a drop on each link.
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Re-oil when it needs it.
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Chain-L, when the chain starts to sound really dry, or I exceed 1,000 miles on an application.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Chain L... You only Need 1/2 of a drop on each link.
Yes to Chain L. But there is no such thing as 1/2 a drop.
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You put a drop on a metal ruler and cut it in half with a knife
Then put one half drop on one side and the other half...other side

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Originally Posted by davidad View Post
A good article, except that bushings have returned to chains, I believe. Also, I disagree with him when he says don't oil the chain on the bike. Well, he's probably right, but it's too much trouble to remove and clean the chain every time lubricant is called for. I compromise between wear and convenience.
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I have been using White Lightening Clean Ride for quite a while and either it is not working as well or I am just riding a lot more, but I seems that i have to re-apply it every 40 or 50 miles, so I have decided to make a change on my road. I am trying a product called SlickLube 100 and it seems to work good. It is supposed to be biodegradable. I'll have to see how it is long term, but it works a lot better and lasts a lot longer than White Lightening.

On my mountain bikes I still use White Lightening because I think the chain stays cleaner in all the dust, sand, etc. I ride fewer miles and so I don't feel like I am having to re-apply it every other day.

I use Triflow for derailleur and brake pivots after I wash my bikes with diluted Simple Green.

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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
A good article, except that bushings have returned to chains, I believe. Also, I disagree with him when he says don't oil the chain on the bike. Well, he's probably right, but it's too much trouble to remove and clean the chain every time lubricant is called for. I compromise between wear and convenience.
With a masterlink, I used to remove the chain, but I'm too lazy/cheap to have multiple chains going at once and often want to ride before solvent has had a chance to evaporate. So now I put a drop of oil in each link, let it sit, wipe it off, and go ride (then wipe it off again. I'm with you in that anything else takes too much time away from riding.
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Do we have a sticky thread for this question?

Basically, most any lubricant will work fine, but each lubricant has its own best way to use it. Thin oil needs to be reapplied often. Thick oil needs more care in applying it. I'm not sure if there is a relationship between thickness (viscosity) and tendency to collect dirt.

I often use motor oil that I put in a small applicator. Lately, I use chain saw oil, which is thick. I like thick oil because it needs to be applied less often.

Chain-L is really good stuff. I just haven't bothered to replace the bottle I have.

Most stuff you get at the bike shop is good, too. It costs more per ounce, but you get assurance it is appropriate, and it's convenient. Besides, bikes don't use large quantities, so price isn't that important for most of us.

The only lubes I disrecommend are WD-40 and the 3-in-1 that is based on vegetable oil. There is a 3-in-1 that is petroleum based and is good.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
A good article, except that bushings have returned to chains, I believe. Also, I disagree with him when he says don't oil the chain on the bike. Well, he's probably right, but it's too much trouble to remove and clean the chain every time lubricant is called for. I compromise between wear and convenience.
I don't think bushings have a chance of returning, especially with today's narrower chains. Heck, you have to go out of your way to find a 1/8" chain with bushings anymore.
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Honda lube with moly, stays on and stays pretty clean. A lot cheaper than bicycle lubes.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Do we have a sticky thread for this question?

Basically, most any lubricant will work fine, but each lubricant has its own best way to use it. Thin oil needs to be reapplied often. Thick oil needs more care in applying it. I'm not sure if there is a relationship between thickness (viscosity) and tendency to collect dirt.
Thick oil is my preference because of longetivity. Basically apply the oil and let it sit overnight or whatever, then wipe off. For me one application is good for most of the season, maybe 500 to 1000 miles.

A few years ago, I bought a quart of synthetic gear oil and it probably will last me all my life. Bike oil is cheap no matter what you use, so use what you like. Most any oil will probably work, but a lack of oil is about guaranteed to not work.

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
I don't think bushings have a chance of returning, especially with today's narrower chains. Heck, you have to go out of your way to find a 1/8" chain with bushings anymore.
I stand corrected.
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Full bushing chains still great in Single Speed /IGH drivetrains .. long wearing , and pressing the pins back in works.
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Wd-40.
Good for cleaning but not a great lube; it evaporates, leaving the metal unprotected...
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A favorite the last few years have been Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube, soo smooth, a notch better than anything else I've tried. Stands very well up to rain and wet weather, doesn't collect dust or muck any particular. I oil and wipe off rather frequent, both chain and sprockets, way before any noise appears. I don't always clean super thoroughly between lubrications, but consider wiping and oiling a sort of cleaning too. Chain L No. 5, you just have to buy it because of the name, maybe only for the girl bikes.

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