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Old 08-16-14, 12:59 PM
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Drying Time for Finish Line Dry Teflon Lube

Once you apply Finish Line Dry Teflon Lube to your chain how long should you leave it for before you go for a ride. I have read since purchasing it there is better dry lubes to purchase.
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Consider the source, since I sell a competitive product and am not a fan of dry lubes.

But I don't believe FL teflon dry ever dries completely. It leaves a thin film of light oil as a vehicle for the teflon. I expect that it-s 90-95% dry or about as dry as it'll ever be within a few hours at most. If I were using it, I'd apply in the evening, let it set up overnight, then dry wipe the excess off the outer plates in the morning before riding.

As for whether there are better "dry lubes", who knows. IMO most of the teflon/solvent based "dry" lubes are fairly similar. Each has fans and detractors, but I suspect that FL is one of the better ones in the class.
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If you are riding in dry dusty conditions, are Dry Lubes the best product to use or is there a better alternative.
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Originally Posted by Robbo2015 View Post
If you are riding in dry dusty conditions, are Dry Lubes the best product to use or is there a better alternative.
Other than recommending my own stuff (which I avoid doing) I don't make suggestions about which lube is best. There are too many variables, including personal preferences about how to or if to clean chains.

You might search out reviews of various lubes, paying the most attention to those from people in your area, and riding in similar conditions, ie. a road bike in the Southwest. That should give you n idea of those that are favored, and after that it's trial and error until you find what you prefer.
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It's definitely dry & dusty here. Sand can be an issue as well. I've been using FL teflon dry lube for a while now, having used ProLink and Purple Extreme previously. Each has performed well as a lubricant in my riding conditions. If I lived in a different climate, I'd look at Chain-L or other. I am noticing less chain wear using FL Dry, and I appreciate the cleaner-to-the-touch drivetrain, so it works for me in my conditions.

FL Dry appears to have a paraffin base w/teflon and a larger amount of solvents (primarily heptane?). If there's one complaint I have about FL Dry, it's that the solvent does evaporate off a bit quickly, leaving a bit thicker product behind. I usually ride the day after I clean my chain, but I'd feel fine if I could wait an hour on the usual dry, warmish day.
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