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Rooftop rack --- chain lube sprayed onto wheel rim

Old 04-07-16, 02:06 PM
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Rooftop rack --- chain lube sprayed onto wheel rim

hi all

I have been following the forums for a while (mostly the C&V ) and i have a question :

I have a roof top rack on my car, mounting the bike front facing. I have noticed that the lube from the chain gets sprayed on to the wheel's rims. It happens whether i use wet/dry oil lube or dry teflon spray.

am i using too much oil? (it is fine while i ride, there is no spray. I ran my fingers gently and it barely gets any oil)

any tricks to prevent this?

any accessories that help fix it? (i love to buy :grin: )

Thanks
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Old 04-07-16, 02:16 PM
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Sounds like you're using way too much lube. You should use a rag or paper towel to dry the chain as much as possible after lubricating. You won't wipe off the lube inside the chain bearings, which is the place it's needed.
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Old 04-07-16, 04:10 PM
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Thanks! will try it this week
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Old 04-08-16, 11:20 PM
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I agree...too much lube. You can also try this:


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Old 04-09-16, 01:51 AM
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You need to wipe off any of the excess lube on the chain. The extra lube just attracts more dirt and debris to the chain.
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Old 04-09-16, 06:37 AM
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No matter how much or how little you try to wipe off the "excess", there will be lube on the outside of the chain.

When mounting on the roof of the car, remove the chain from the big ring and let it droop down. It won't be covered but it might just not allow the wind to spray all over the place.
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Old 04-09-16, 06:49 AM
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You could switch over to Super Lube, goes on wet and dries to a film in seconds. Great stuff, not cheap but very good product. I use it on MTN bike and fat bike chains as to not attract and have dirt/dust stick to drive train.
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Old 04-09-16, 10:46 AM
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Wax your chain! Lp
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A Rag.
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Old 04-30-16, 06:08 PM
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wiped it clean.... and its much better.
only a couple of spots. Those spots can be anything else (yummy bugs?).

solved the problem for now, at least.

remove chain from chainring :
umm. will try that too. but, my roof top is so dirty, that i would pity my bike.
(bike wash : once a month. car wash : once!)

Thanks everyone
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Old 04-30-16, 06:56 PM
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OK. The way to apply lube to a chain is ONE DROP per roller. That should be around 110 drops for an entire chain (maybe less, maybe slightly more depending on number of rivets/rollers on the chain fitted to each bike). It seems like a chore doing it, rather than just squirting the lube on the chain while you rotate the cranks.

Wipe with a rag or paper towel afterwards if it appears the drops have been bigger than small (and if it's a fixed gear, don't wrap your fingers around the chain at any time while holding the rag lest you literally cut your finger(s) off!!).

There is a chance that even with this method, you will get lube on the rim, but it will be minimal. And wiping it clear with a rag that has some rubbing alcohol or similar on it will mean you can inspect the rim for cracking around the nipples.
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