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Old 09-18-02, 05:56 PM
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Everybody shake your Lube thang

So I was wondering, how often does everyone lube their chain and with what? Also, do you degrease the chain to get all of that "stuff" out? I have a slight build up of "stuff" and I think it would be a good time to get everything running smooth again. I'm sure the LBS would carry something to help with this or can you get this stuff anywhere? Thanks.
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Old 09-18-02, 06:03 PM
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You can get orange degreaser anywhere - try WalMart. Of course, if you love your LBS buy it there. Ideally, you clean and lube it every day - but I don't know anyone who loves doing it that much. As for how often you should just put some lube on, that depends entirely on the conditions and the type of lube you use. If it is really wet or dry you may need to lube more frequently (sometimes every day). I try to clean my chain and let it dry over night once a week.
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Old 09-18-02, 06:04 PM
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I've been using a Citrus Degreaser from the LBS, Pedro's I believe. This seems to be pretty common. It seems to be quite similar to goo gone, however. I wonder if that would work just as well.

The ultimate would be those Park chain scrubbers, but they're a little pricey.
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Old 09-18-02, 06:08 PM
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Pedros Ice Wax, about every other ride. I carefully put a small drop on each roller, pedal backwards a few times and let it soak and dry before riding. I usually do it in the morning before going to work, or after a ride for the next day.

The chain stays pretty clean on its own as the excess wax flakes off and takes the grime with it. If I get some ugly, black accumulation I'll get the on-bike chain cleaner out and fill it with a citrus based degreaser.
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Old 09-18-02, 06:10 PM
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I remove the chain from my bike and soak it in pedro's orange peelz over night once a month. I also use pedro's ice wax, I usualy apply that twice a week. Usualy on Friday nights, for Sat & Sundays big rides. And again on Sunday night, for Tues - Fridays rides. I take monday off.
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Old 09-18-02, 06:13 PM
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Yeah, the cleaning machines are ideal. If you don't want to lay down the bucks, though, one of these is essential. I think they are about $3.00 and they last eons.
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pedro's ice wax rules. i just use citrus degreaser and apply with a paper towel and rub each link and even use a q-tip. i also 'floss' the cassette with an old shoe lace dipped in degreaser. it's easy when you keep up with it.
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Yea, cleaning chains... one of life's great joys.... I like to use a heavy lube like Cross Country. I do have to clean my chains more often, I just wipe them off and reapply the lube. The off road tandem has to be the worst. My touring tandem is a Rans Screamer (recumbent...I think recumbent is Latin for lots of chain) takes only a few minuets to re-lube. I have found many of the dry lubes don't hold up well if you get stuck riding in the rain.
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Old 09-19-02, 06:56 AM
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Since I got my Park chain scrubber I have started cleaning and lubing my chain once a week. The road grime hasn't been too bad so I've been lubing the chain afterward with RemOil and have been extremely happy with the performance. It's only been a couple of weeks but the chain seems to spin easier and the light oil keeps it running smooth.

(Who knew a chain could get THAT dirty?!)

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Old 09-19-02, 07:05 AM
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Originally posted by RiPHRaPH
i also 'floss' the cassette with an old shoe lace dipped in degreaser. it's easy when you keep up with it.

Does your cassette bleed when you havn't flossed^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcleaned it in awhile?


I degrease my drivetrain everytime before I lube it. And I don't do it often enough, usually I wait until it's dirty or I hear it squeaking, which is after about 10 rides. (I ride XC)
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Old 09-19-02, 07:52 AM
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Another vote for Pedro's Ice Wax.
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Old 09-19-02, 08:25 AM
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I use Finishline's BioDegreaser diluted 10 to 1 about once a week. I dribble it onto the chain whilst back pedalling slowly for several revolutions and rinse with a hose. When it's dry I apply a single drop of Finishline cross country wet lube on each link.

I have tried Finishline's Dry teflon lube but I went along a flooded road recently in about 16 iches of water (only for about 50 feet) and next morning my lovely Sram PC99 was bone dry and bright orange with rust .
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seems like everyone is using wax... do you guys ride in dry climates? I'm from the south.. so everything here is wet, just about.

I forgot to mention that I use finishline biodegreaser as well, nice stuff. I scrub everything clean, then use some Schwinn spray on lube, it's pretty good but I was thinking of trying some lube that motocrosers use... turns orange or something and gets really sticky... maybe that'd work well for XC riding
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I tend to clean and lube every week. I have SRAM chains with Powerlinks on my bikes so cleaning is pretty easy because I can just take the chain off and soak them in a degreaser. I use Simple Green because it's cheap and biodegradable. I soak the chain in a solution of 50/50 Simple Green and water. Whip it dry... Then I remount the chain and drip a drop of Dumonde on each link starting with the Powerlink so I always know when I reach the end of the chain.
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Old 09-19-02, 10:35 AM
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Finishline Cross Country - I like the idea of dry lubes but I think they're not ideal for the UK.

A once weekly blast with WD40 before a good wipe and an individual drop of lube per link, combined with a monthly run through a chaincleaner (or often removal) and degreaser.

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White Lightning wax in the summer and Cross Country in the winter. Degreasing? When the gunk fills up the space between the gears, I know it's time.
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Old 09-19-02, 12:46 PM
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Another using Finshine line biodegradable. I do not use a specific time to clean my chain , rather distance about 300/400 miles.

I would like to remove the chain every so often to give it a really good clean, but i suggested this to my local bike shop and they looked at me with horror, saying do NOT remove the chain or it will be sure to fail. A shimano SG87 is not removable till the end of its usefull life.
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Old 09-19-02, 01:51 PM
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Kerosene (no gasoline!) and a parts brush are the best cleaners. WD-40 is basically kerosene so it is great to spray into the links to clean them out.WD-40 is worthless as a lubricant though.Or put some kerosene in a chain cleaner if you really want a fancy gadget.I wouldn't take the chain off any more than necessary because it just makes a weak link in your chain.Its NO FUN braking a chain out on a ride.Just replace your chain every 1000 or 2000 miles.Keep them clean and lubed and youll do fine.
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Old 09-19-02, 02:55 PM
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Thanks everybody! I have some of that Orange Clean degreaser laying around and I guess I'll head out and see which of those lubes I can find. Maybe pick up a chain cleaning brush.
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Old 09-22-02, 09:00 PM
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I used to use Pedro's Ice Wax and liked it very much. However, I needed to put it on for every ride to keep my drive train quiet and there was quite a lot of buildup. After reading a review in Bicycling Magazine, I use Prolink. It keeps my drive train quiet for several rides and does not build up. I rarely, if ever, clean my chain, but when I do, I use any citrus degreaser. The only conditions Prolink is not good for is wet. It does not prevent rust.
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