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Old 10-05-15, 09:13 PM
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Chain Lube

How often do you lube your chain, and which lube to you prefer, and why?
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Search the mechanics forum for the dozens of chain lube threads. Here's the latest.

http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...rain-lube.html
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Old 10-06-15, 05:38 AM
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Hi. What's this thread about?
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Old 10-06-15, 07:12 AM
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What's this "Chain Lube" you speak of?
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
What's this "Chain Lube" you speak of?
It is simply a myth, just like people saying to carry an extra tube or tools.
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Why lube the chain? Abrasives are used to match surfaces for long wear and the front tire kicks up sand for free.
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Old 10-06-15, 08:54 AM
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I always wear my helmet when starting a chain lube war.
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I think the original post was a legit question and I think we should stay on topic. I usually come to the forums to looks for answer to some of the questions I have and could be really disappointing to fin a bunch of replies without relevance to what has been asked. I am sure I am not the only one.

With that being said I lube my chain about every two or three weeks, and I didnt know about chain-L but I found out about it by reading the other thread and now I cant wait to try it.
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Old 10-06-15, 09:55 AM
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I use 3 different systems. TriFlo for my good geared summer bikes. The wet MTB Finish Lube for the winter/city/rain bikes. The plastic-like yellow stuff (I'll edit this and tell you after I go out to the garage) for my good fix gear because it leaves cogs almost perfectly clean; a plus because I change them frequently and often out on the road.

I re-lube with all these systems as required. (Chains are good about speaking up with their needs. All I have to do is listen.) To lube, I wipe, add a drop to the plates at each side of every roller, spin the cranks a few times, let it sit, best if for half a day or so, wipe again and ride. Get pickier about clean when I feel like it.

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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
I use 3 different systems. TriFlo for my good geared summer bikes. The wet MTB Finish Lube for the winter/city/rain bikes. The plastic-like yellow stuff (I'll edit this and tell you after I go out to the garage) for my good fix gear because it leaves cogs almost perfectly clean; a plus because I change them frequently and often out on the road.

I re-lube with all these systems as required. (Chains are good about speaking up with their needs. All I have to do is listen.) To lube, I wipe, add a drop to the plates at each side of every roller, spin the cranks a few times, let it sit, best if for half a day or so, wipe again and ride. Get pickier about clean when I feel like it.

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Good point. Many OCD cyclists apply too much lube, too often.
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Old 10-06-15, 11:40 AM
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Most modern lubes are pretty good these days except for the wax in a bottle crap. I don't do the hot wax dip chain process anymore because I've gotten lazy and don't want to go through the hassle, speaking of OCD!

My favorite lubes are Pro Link Extreme for wet weather riding, but this stuff doesn't splatter like other wet lubes including the FinishLine stuff; for dry riding I like Rock & Roll Gold, it keeps the chain really clean and quiet.

TriFlow I think is pretty good, though I haven't used it in years. Finishline changed their formulas and now I don't like them like I use to.

Both of the lubes I use I simply wipe down with a rag after every ride which is what they tell you to do and the chain stays clean and the lube stays on. I don't relube either until I hear a noise then I clean the chain first with a Park Cyclone chain cleaning machine filled with Purple Power (far cheaper than Simple Green and there's no controversy with pitting, plus it works better) instead of the Park cleaner because it's way way cheaper to use, then wash the bike at the same time rinse the chain, then spray on White Lightening CleanStreak to displace water and to clean whatever is left and it dries fast, but I only use this with one revolution of the chain not several if you use just the White Lightening otherwise you'll go through cans fast which are $10 as is the Park Cleaner. I'm cheap so I find the cheapest way to do something as long as it works. Then I apply the lube according to their instructions which most usually say to wipe the chain when your done then let the lube set on the chain for about 12 hours, but read the instructions well.

By the way, I'm in no way saying my way is the best way, it's just one of the MANY ways you can clean and lube your chain.
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This thread reminds me that I haven't looked at the chain of my commuter bike in at least 6 weeks and roughly 400 miles. 'Bout time...
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NixFrixShun is the last word in chain lube for me. I have tried lots, and lots of others.

NixFrixShun keeps your chain quiet, smooth shifting and a clean that is the envy of all.

10-12 drops, personally I use 11 drops, every 300 miles or so.

I am a 5000 to 6000 mile a year rider and I have used NixFrixShun for thousands, and thousands of miles.
My single $15 bottle is only 1/2 used. I have a full one in reserve and I gave one to a friend.
He is now a true believer in NixFrixShun, after one use, and has been for thousands of miles.
NixFrixShun Bicycle Speed Shop
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Old 10-06-15, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
Search the mechanics forum for the dozens of chain lube threads. Here's the latest.

http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...rain-lube.html
Originally Posted by TroN0074 View Post
I think the original post was a legit question and I think we should stay on topic. I usually come to the forums to looks for answer to some of the questions I have and could be really disappointing to fin a bunch of replies without relevance to what has been asked. I am sure I am not the only one.

With that being said I lube my chain about every two or three weeks, and I didnt know about chain-L but I found out about it by reading the other thread and now I cant wait to try it.
Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
I use 3 different systems. TriFlo for my good geared summer bikes. The wet MTB Finish Lube for the winter/city/rain bikes. The plastic-like yellow stuff (I'll edit this and tell you after I go out to the garage) for my good fix gear because it leaves cogs almost perfectly clean; a plus because I change them frequently and often out on the road.

I re-lube with all these systems as required. (Chains are good about speaking up with their needs. All I have to do is listen.) To lube, I wipe, add a drop to the plates at each side of every roller, spin the cranks a few times, let it sit, best if for half a day or so, wipe again and ride. Get pickier about clean when I feel like it.

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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Most modern lubes are pretty good these days except for the wax in a bottle crap. I don't do the hot wax dip chain process anymore because I've gotten lazy and don't want to go through the hassle, speaking of OCD!

My favorite lubes are Pro Link Extreme for wet weather riding, but this stuff doesn't splatter like other wet lubes including the FinishLine stuff; for dry riding I like Rock & Roll Gold, it keeps the chain really clean and quiet.

TriFlow I think is pretty good, though I haven't used it in years. Finishline changed their formulas and now I don't like them like I use to.

Both of the lubes I use I simply wipe down with a rag after every ride which is what they tell you to do and the chain stays clean and the lube stays on. I don't relube either until I hear a noise then I clean the chain first with a Park Cyclone chain cleaning machine filled with Purple Power (far cheaper than Simple Green and there's no controversy with pitting, plus it works better) instead of the Park cleaner because it's way way cheaper to use, then wash the bike at the same time rinse the chain, then spray on White Lightening CleanStreak to displace water and to clean whatever is left and it dries fast, but I only use this with one revolution of the chain not several if you use just the White Lightening otherwise you'll go through cans fast which are $10 as is the Park Cleaner. I'm cheap so I find the cheapest way to do something as long as it works. Then I apply the lube according to their instructions which most usually say to wipe the chain when your done then let the lube set on the chain for about 12 hours, but read the instructions well.

By the way, I'm in no way saying my way is the best way, it's just one of the MANY ways you can clean and lube your chain.
Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
NixFrixShun is the last word in chain lube for me. I have tried lots, and lots of others.

NixFrixShun keeps your chain quiet, smooth shifting and a clean that is the envy of all.

10-12 drops, personally I use 11 drops, every 300 miles or so.

I am a 5000 to 6000 mile a year rider and I have used NixFrixShun for thousands, and thousands of miles.
My single $15 bottle is only 1/2 used. I have a full one in reserve and I gave one to a friend.
He is now a true believer in NixFrixShun, after one use, and has been for thousands of miles.
NixFrixShun Bicycle Speed Shop
To all the mature folks: Thanks for the info.
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I was never impressed with the many off the shelf chain lubes I've tried, so I started making my own. Olive oil with red wine vinegar. It not only works great on the bike, but if you add a little salt, pepper and minced garlic it's also a wonderful salad dressing!
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That's a good idea. I've made too large a batch of my lube of motor oil and mineral spirits. When I took the excess and added salt, pepper, and garlic and poured it over lettuce, it makes a good salad. But the after effects aren't so pleasant.
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
How often do you lube your chain, and which lube to you prefer, and why?
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