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Old 04-12-17, 11:24 AM
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Chain Lube Suggestions

Hi,

I have been using Finish Line Dry chain lube on my road bike for years. It seems to work fine, but I was wondering if there are any other lubes I should consider. I ride my road bike in both dry and rainy conditions. What do other people use in mixed (dry & wet) conditions?

Thanks.
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Oil

I just give my chains a clean with white spirits as soon as its dry re oil with wet oil once a week a good clean all round.
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Old 04-12-17, 11:31 AM
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I use the cheapest, best bang for your buck chain lube.


NixFrixShun Ultimate Bicycle Chainlube - NixFrixShun®
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I'm a big fan of Dualco's chain lubes. Hard to find, but worth tracking down.
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I use Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube under all conditions. Works great for me.
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Originally Posted by mrblue View Post
Hi,

I have been using Finish Line Dry chain lube on my road bike for years. It seems to work fine, but I was wondering if there are any other lubes I should consider. I ride my road bike in both dry and rainy conditions. What do other people use in mixed (dry & wet) conditions?

Thanks.
Go to Friction Facts and pay for the report. Then pick the lube that matches the application method that makes the most sense for you.

https://www.friction-facts.com

FWIW, Finish Line Dry comes in at the bottom of the top third of chain lubes per their report.

The best non wax lubes are pretty much Rock N Roll Gold according to their report.

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Old 04-12-17, 06:31 PM
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I use finish line wet. I'm not a big fan of the wax lubes.
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Old 04-12-17, 06:36 PM
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Rock n Roll Gold is all I've ever used. No complaints.
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To the OP,

Chain lube threads are a fail because there are too many variables. So every product it's fans and detractors. In fact the few products that inspire passion among their fans, tend to inspire equal passion among those who hate them.

Also, the number of fans and positive reports often reflects the fact that they're more ubiquitous, and so more dealers push them and people try them

Find reviews where people either describe conditions, or at least where they live, and look for reviews that best match your profile. It doesn't matter how great a lube is in Arizona's desert, if you live in Seattle and ride in the rail half the time.

Once you have an idea of what makes sense FOR YOU, try one of those, and if you like it, fine, and if not try another until you have a winner.

Chain lube is cheap enough that there's no reason not to experiment. It's not like you're committing yourself to a long term commitment to a pricey bike, or pair of wheels, or whatever costs folding dollars.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I use the cheapest, best bang for your buck chain lube.


NixFrixShun Ultimate Bicycle Chainlube - NixFrixShun®

Not sure I would call NFS the "cheapest" by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly a good choice for chain lube.


I've got some, I use it, I must say I'm still on the fence; it doesn't do anything particularly bad, it just hasn't been as eye-openingly amazing as all the acolytes claim it is. I think I still prefer ProGold Prolink.
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Used Pro Link or Rock & Roll Gold for years, just started using Dumonde Tech Lite recently. I like it runs very quiet, and need to apply less frequently.
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
Used Pro Link or Rock & Roll Gold for years, just started using Dumonde Tech Lite recently. I like it runs very quiet, and need to apply less frequently.
That's funny. I went in exactly the opposite direction for exactly the same reason.
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I use whatever comes at hand. Motor oil, chainsaw oil...

Wrote an extensive overview of most available types of chain lubricants, with pros and cons:
Bicycle chain lubricants - explained - Cycle Gremlin
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Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
I use whatever comes at hand. Motor oil, chainsaw oil...

Wrote an extensive overview of most available types of chain lubricants, with pros and cons:
Bicycle chain lubricants - explained - Cycle Gremlin
LOL! I love the detail you've put into this article, and especially the conclusion you've drawn after all that research.

tl;dr: put oil of some sort on your chain and go ride
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I use chain lube that is made by scantily clad virgins and blessed by Monks. It's the best!
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If I've just washed and waxed my bicycle, I'll spend the time to coat the chain with Pedro's. If I remembered hearing some noise in the derailleur/cassette area, I'll blast it with some GT850 and get on with my business.

Even after doing all of my bikes, my wife's bikes, and the granddaughter's bikes; I've still got a ten year supply of Pedro's Chain wax.

If I wanted to get fancy, I'd use the synthetic oil I use for my GTI.

Or maybe use some of that coconut oil in the kitchen. :-)
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I am using Nashbar oil lube right now with out any problems. I have not tried different ones yet to compare thought
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LOL! I love the detail you've put into this article, and especially the conclusion you've drawn after all that research.

tl;dr: put oil of some sort on your chain and go ride
Lol.
Tried to be as objective as possible. My choice is chain saw bar oil with some diesel. But everyone has different riding conditions and preferences. Besides, keeping the chain clean and lubing regularly beats even the best possible lubricant. And cleaning depends on one's time and effort - I'm all for cheaper chains and less hassle.
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Dip in melted wax.
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