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Old 06-13-05, 01:47 PM
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problems with ProLink Gold and rust

Hi, I started using ProLink Gold (PLG) a few months ago. It was great, but last 3 weeks or so I'm having problems with rust on my chain, to the point where the links aren't bending and I'm forced to reapply PLG before each ride. I live in South Florida, and I keep my bike in the garage, and I'm guessing the high humidity in the rainy summer may be causing it. I've not had this problem in the past with other lubes (like Finish Line Teflon).

When I first applied PLG, I took off the chain, cleaned with Simple Green, then let it sit in solid lube in a baggy for a couple days. Then, I've been applying as needed, maybe every 2-3 weeks (I ride about 40-50 miles per week). No problems until recently.

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Old 06-13-05, 07:13 PM
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What brand of chain do you have? I live in NE Florida and use ProLink and have no rust problems. Maybe it's just time for a new chain.
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Not to get too personal, but I ride with two people whose chains rust like mad. I live in a similar humid climate near the ocean, but these two people go through three or four chains a year due to rust!! Vetern wrenches think it is a prespiration/body chemistry issue.
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That's some climate (I say this as somebody who spent three years in Fort Myers, Florida)!

If I lived in rusty-chain-Ville again, I might pop for a stainless steel chain . . . .

Just my $0.02
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Old 06-13-05, 07:58 PM
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Stop messing around and get yerself a corrosion-resistant chain. It's a substantial investment in piece-of-mind.
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Old 06-13-05, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by LittleGinseng
What brand of chain do you have? I live in NE Florida and use ProLink and have no rust problems. Maybe it's just time for a new chain.
Same here. I store my bikes in the garage as well and have had no rust issues when using Prolink. For what it's worth I'm running SRAM PC-59's (Read PC 950 since the name change) on both bikes.
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Thanks for all of your responses!

I'm running Shimano 105 components and the stock HG-53 9-speed chain. It's approx 1 year old and 1700 miles on it.

A couple of you mentioned using a corrosion-resistant chain... I looked on nashbar, perfbike, and supergo... I found a couple higher-priced Shimano chains (HG-93, and a Dura-Ace/XTR nickel alloy plated plates), and the Wipperman 9-speed stainless steel chain. Would any of those work better for my rust situation? Or, is there some other chain you'd recommend?

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Stainless steel -- for all intents and purposes -- doesn't rust.

IIWY, that's what I'd get.
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We use it on our road and mountain bikes for approx. three years and have never had a problem. We will use no other chain lube. We use Super Links on all of our chains so they are easy to remove and de-grease. I remove and clean on a regular basis. Never had a rust problem but we do run Campy chains with plated outer links.
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Originally Posted by gatorjwade
Thanks for all of your responses!

A couple of you mentioned using a corrosion-resistant chain... I looked on nashbar, perfbike, and supergo... I found a couple higher-priced Shimano chains (HG-93, and a Dura-Ace/XTR nickel alloy plated plates), and the Wipperman 9-speed stainless steel chain. Would any of those work better for my rust situation? Or, is there some other chain you'd recommend?

Thanks!
I'm a big fan of SRAM chains. SRAM offers the "powerlink", which enables you to remove and replace your chain without any tools. Once you learn how to do it, you can remove the powerlink in about 3 seconds, and install it in half that time. It basically denies the excuse of "too much work to soak the chain".

I don't think you need to go stainless, but some mid or high grades of chains have corrosion resistant finishes. I believe the HG 53 is considered low-end and probably cost aroun $13. A mid priced chain is in the $20-$25 (and probably has corrosion resistant finishes) and high price are $35 and up to $100's. A mid grade is more than adequate for non-professional use.

BTW - I've been using Prolink for about 5 years on my mountain bike (w/ SRAM PC990 chain). I love the lube and never had rust problems.
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Get a SRAM chain
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This link was posted here, but I found it so freakin' useful that I'm going to repost it:

http://www.execulink.com/~dtierney/wmc/SRAM/chains2.htm
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Thanks, yes, lots of good info.
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