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Old 11-08-18, 09:52 PM
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using dry lube in wet weather

so lately its been raining alot lately off and on and i use dry lube and wondering how bad does that affect the chain?
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Old 11-08-18, 10:15 PM
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I use finish line Dry almost exclusively without problem. It refers to the residual nature of the lube, not the application. A wet lube on the other hand will stay with a wet appearance. The problem with a wet lube is it can become gummy in some scenarios. In wet weather it is a good idea to reapply more often, otherwise enjoy.
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I too only use dry lubes on my chains. So, a couple of other possible options:

1. Muc-Off has an all-weather lube but it's pretty expensive. I have it but haven't tried it out yet:

https://muc-off.com/products/team-sky-hydrodynamic-lube

2. My preferred chain lube is Muc-Off C3 Dry Ceramic Lube. However, the way I apply it involves a couple of days of elapsed time. After cleaning the chain thoroughly, I allow the chain to dry overnight. Then on the next day, I apply the C3 Dry lube to the chain and I keep some paper towels under the chain area on the floor as it's a runny lube initially so you'll get some drips. I then leave the bike for another 24 hours and the lube 'dries' on the chain, so there's nothing to wipe off. Any excess will have dripped down onto the paper towels, and the chain is touch dry. This works for me as I don't ride my bike regularly.
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Old 11-09-18, 07:44 AM
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tried some wet lube last winter. guess it worked OK but come spring was a pain to clean off. gonna stick with my finish line dry this winter like mtbikerinpa mentioned above. in my area it will dry up soon as the temps drop some more. then it's less rain & more snow
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I would love to use dry lube on my winter commuter, but it does not last and the chain rusts pretty quickly. So I stick with wet and deal with the gum up the best I can.
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Pro racer mechanics sometimes put a thin layer of grease on the outside of the chain on rainy days. Of course this can create more of a mess and is not intended as a lubricant but it leaves a barrier against water and protects whatever lube you apply underneath from being washed away as fast.
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I would love to use dry lube on my winter commuter, but it does not last and the chain rusts pretty quickly. So I stick with wet and deal with the gum up the best I can.
Since chain lube is a religious issue, it seems appropriate to say,

AMEN, Brother!
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