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Best bike chain lube

Old 04-30-05, 06:46 PM
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Best bike chain lube

What do you recommend.
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Old 04-30-05, 06:50 PM
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There's been countless threads on this in recent months. You might want to try the search function. I use DuMonde Tech Lite for the summers and for my roadbike. I use the regular DuMonde Tech for winter riding and on my MTB.

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I use White Lightning but it doesn't seem to be very "lubish"
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DuMonde Tech goes on like a wet lube but then acts like a dry lube. I also use Simple Green to clean before relubing. I take the chain off (I have a chain with removable/reusable connectors), soak it in a tuperware container of Simple Green while on top of a running washing machine. The vibration shakes stuff loose. In the meantime, I scrube down the gears. Then I rinse the chain, hang it to dry, remount it and drop a drop of DuMonde onto each roller.

If I'm in a hurry, I will use Rock'N'Roll. This lube gets squirted on instead of dribbled like a regular lube. It cleans and lubes at the same time but it doesn't beat a real cleaning and lubing.
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Old 04-30-05, 07:06 PM
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i use this stuff called purple extreme ,they claim to get 400 miles between applications. there web site is www.purpleextreme.com
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Boelube T9!!!
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One part Mobile 1 synthetic motor oil mixed with two parts mineral spirits. Very economical and works as well or better than any other lube I've tried. One quart of Mobile 1 lasts a loooong time.

Drip it on the chain. Spin it around to work it in, and wipe off the excess. The mineral spirits thin the oil out so it gets into the pivots then evaporates to leave the thicker lube behind.
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Originally Posted by austin-rider
What do you recommend.
You're going to get a million-billion different recommendations on this. My three are Boeshield T-9 and ProLink for dry lubes and 3in1 for a wet lube.
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Pick your favorite, then use it regularly, half the repairs I used to make to customers bike would've never gotten to the shop if the bike would have been lubed.
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Whatever I've got in the old oil can will do!!
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Since your user name indicates Texas, I'd assume you're riding in rather dry hot climes. If this is the case I'd highly recommend a dry lube. White Lightening works pretty well, but fades quickly. I used it until I discovered DuMonde Tech. This stuff is fantastic. I'm in a rather dry climate as well, so dry lubes are the way to go. I was happily surprised to see it the first lube recommended. When I first started using it two years ago, no one knew what I was talking about. I was worried they wouldn't make it and I'd have to give up the best lube I've ever used. (Been riding and trying different lubes since '79)
Wet lubes (almost all the other options out there other than White Lightening wax variants) work well in wet environments where the chain is being bombarded with water and mud. Dry lubes pretty much up and disappear under these conditions. However, that being said, I haven't really seen how the DuMonde Tech works in wet conditions.
Wet lubes used in dry conditions basically attracts contaminants, which creates an abrasive sludge that wears out the drivetrain. If you've ever wet-sanded anything, you'll know what I mean. Your drivetrain may run quietly and appear lubed (which it is) with wet lubes, but it's being abraded with every pedal stroke.
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Old 05-02-05, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by LV2TNDM
However, that being said, I haven't really seen how the DuMonde Tech works in wet conditions.
DuMonde works extremely well in wet conditions. I would however recommend the original rather than the lite for wet and dirtier conditions. The light seems to work pretty well for roadbikes in summer/dryer conditions and is easier to delube. I find that the original formula requires a little more time in the Simple Green bath than does the lite when I'm cleaning my chain which means it's pretty good for wet conditions.
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I use Bosheilds T-9. I had my MTB and Fixie/SS on the roof of me gazzer and rode thru a thunderstorm. Rode both bikes the following day and the chain as fine. No squeakies etc.
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Originally Posted by khuon
soak it in a tuperware container of Simple Green while on top of a running washing machine. The vibration shakes stuff loose.
This idea alone is great... I have typically put my parts in a dip basket and then either let them soak or vibrated the can by hand. The spin cycle just make so much more sense. Great idea.
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For my mtb I use white lightning because it doesn't attract dirt and dust as bad. For my bmx I use tri flow, it seems to lube a bit better, and make the chain run abit smoother. My bmx rarely leaves the concrete however.
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