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Old 03-02-05, 02:13 PM
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when you get a new chain, to you use a chemical to remove the crappy lubrication that comes on it before mounting on bike and relubing? or do you just throw it on as is?

If you do remove it, what do you use to remove it? (hopefully something dirt cheap)
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Old 03-02-05, 02:17 PM
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that stuff is called cosmoline. Do a search, there are a bunch of debates about it. Personally, i remove it.
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Old 03-02-05, 03:12 PM
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Cosmoline- Cosmic Vaseline. Get it off your chain and put something a little more terrestrial on there: Pedros, Finish Line, Pro Link.
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Remove it. It is not a lubricant, it is a preservative.
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Originally Posted by Avalanche325
Remove it. It is not a lubricant, it is a preservative.
Not in every case. Srams stuff is a lube ,and a pretty good one.
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Old 03-02-05, 03:32 PM
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well to remove it I clean the chain like i would any other time. Stick it in a gatorade bottle full with simple green, shake.
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
well to remove it I clean the chain like i would any other time. Stick it in a gatorade bottle full with simple green, shake.
hmmm, that's a good one...as long as you don't forget about the simple green in it and think it's super charged apple flavour
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well since i use that same bottle everytime i clean the chain, lots of crap settles on the bottle. Its hard to mistaken it for a tasty treat
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Old 03-03-05, 12:24 AM
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I bought my first SRAM chain a few weeks ago and mounted it without cleaning it right away. I don't think the stuff on it was a lubricant...it was more viscous than any lube I've seen and was fairly sticky. A lot of road grime accumulated quickly.
Degreasing and then lubricating right away would be a good idea. You'll find lengthy threads about which cleaner and lube/how often/what technique. For my part, EcoTech and White Lightning/weekly/Finish Line chain cleaner.
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I think there is a huge thread on this debating wether to leave it, or degrease it and lube it. Do a search.
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I haven´t read all the threads but I have noticed that the cosmoline is very sticky and attracts dirt and doesn´t seem to work very well in protecting the chain as in winter the chain will very quickly start to rust if you just rely on it for more than a week or so. I would opt for cleaning it off with WD-40 or something and lubing the chain properly.
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Gee, do you want me to post the link to a thread on another forum (iBOB, just to irritate those who think referencing other sites is a sin) where the guru himself, Sheldon Brown said: LEAVE IT ON! He says it's the BEST.

But what would I know? I just do my research...
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
well since i use that same bottle everytime i clean the chain, lots of crap settles on the bottle. Its hard to mistaken it for a tasty treat

I have a friend who's nephew drank some "cola" that was really homemade bug spray. He was rushed to the hospital, but died a few days later. Please be careful when putting stuff in other bottles.
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Originally Posted by Rowan
Gee, do you want me to post the link to a thread on another forum (iBOB, just to irritate those who think referencing other sites is a sin) where the guru himself, Sheldon Brown said: LEAVE IT ON! He says it's the BEST.

But what would I know? I just do my research...
Sheldon says the persevative on the chain when it's new is a myth. It's actually lube.
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its a lube that attracts as much stuff as grease, so you end up washing it off anyways! Keeping the bottle of simple green in my tool box with a label helps prevent confusion
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You can remove it with kerosene. It dosen't get much cheaper than that.
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Originally Posted by operator
Sheldon says the persevative on the chain when it's new is a myth. It's actually lube.
Oh yes, it will lubricate. So will automotive wheel bearing grease, 90wt gear oil, or Vasalene. It is just that it will also pick up grit and grime. Therfore, you will shortly be running a "well lubed" chain with an abraisive added to it.
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Old 03-13-05, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by solo
I bought my first SRAM chain a few weeks ago and mounted it without cleaning it right away. I don't think the stuff on it was a lubricant...it was more viscous than any lube I've seen and was fairly sticky. A lot of road grime accumulated quickly.
Degreasing and then lubricating right away would be a good idea. You'll find lengthy threads about which cleaner and lube/how often/what technique. For my part, EcoTech and White Lightning/weekly/Finish Line chain cleaner.

i have an sram chain on my bike and the lube they use is sh*t. it lasted for maybe 1 week and a half and then i had to clean and relube it. all i use is 3in1. after trying all sorts of different ones from specialized bike ones and even a teflon powder spray that worked amaxing untill it got wet...
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Originally Posted by snoopz666
i have an sram chain on my bike and the lube they use is sh*t. it lasted for maybe 1 week and a half and then i had to clean and relube it. all i use is 3in1. after trying all sorts of different ones from specialized bike ones and even a teflon powder spray that worked amaxing untill it got wet...
That's because it's really not intended to be a chain lube. It's intended to protect the chain from rusting untill it's on a bike.
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I just got a chain and I think the instructions said to leave it on but lub it before riding....could have been a dream....got it late last night after going to San Diego for 65miles of riding.
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