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Old 05-14-20, 09:52 AM
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Oil on chain

How often should you oil the chain ?
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Old 05-14-20, 10:07 AM
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input 'chain lube' in the search box, you will find everything you need...it will be an extensive list with lots of good information...
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Old 05-14-20, 10:10 AM
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Short answer: when it gets noisy.

This might be the most thoroughly discussed topic in cycling, or at least bicycle mechanics. A search will get you nearly infinite information.
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Old 05-14-20, 11:26 AM
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Yep, all that needs to be said, call this one a wrap!
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Old 05-14-20, 11:31 AM
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Wait...not so fast! What kind of oil?
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Old 05-14-20, 01:25 PM
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Are oils and waxes both considered lubes, or is a lube it's own thing? What's the most lubricious?
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Old 05-14-20, 01:56 PM
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Sy Reene: Oil distilled from select infant sperm whales......
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Old 05-14-20, 10:18 PM
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You need to clean and relubricate before you start to hear noise, because nose means you're already causing unnecessary wear.
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Old 05-15-20, 02:33 AM
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Old 05-15-20, 09:22 AM
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I remove and clean my chain every 800 miles or so and relube it with a mix of 4parts unscented mineral spirits and chain saw bar oil. I can make a quart for less than the cost of the 4 ounce bottles of bike lube.
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Old 05-15-20, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by phughes View Post
Wait...not so fast! What kind of oil?
WD-40, of course.
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Old 05-15-20, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by probe1957 View Post
WD-40, of course.
Oh, what about a chain made out of duct tape, lubed with WD-40?
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Old 05-15-20, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by robertorolfo View Post
Oh, what about a chain made out of duct tape, lubed with WD-40?
Dare to dream.
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Old 05-15-20, 11:51 AM
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Used some WD40 yesterday and the bike feels like new again, huge difference
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Old 05-16-20, 12:01 PM
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On my commuter bike:
Once every 2 months, using cleaning Benzin or cleaning Gas (funny maybe, its cheap and works wonders - not sure whether I am translating this right though...) with ParkTools chain cleaning tool.
Re-lubing with any cheap lube I have. The bike does 35-40km per week, continental climate.
On my road (fun) bike:
Whichever comes first - every 500km or 1 month. Usually during bikepacking trips I wipe off dirt as best as I can (think paper/rag found on the side of the road etc.) and add lube every 4 days or
as soon as noise gets too high. For fun bikes that stay on the wall and rarely have fun I apply Liqui Moly dry lube and let it...dry...for at least 5 days (I do wipe off excess thoroughly).

I do get lazy very often so I usually just oil my chain when I feel like it. Good therapy.

Do not follow my example, its generally stupid, find your own flavour.
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Old 05-16-20, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tomtomtom123 View Post
...because nose means you're already causing unnecessary wear.
You can almost *smell* that wear!

Srsly, re-lube before there's chain noise.
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Old 05-16-20, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by venomx View Post
Used some WD40 yesterday and the bike feels like new again, huge difference
The original WD40 is more of a water-displacement product, not considered to be a very good lubricant, per se. There*is* a product in the "WD40" line which is a designated chain lube, which has better lubricating qualities.
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