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Recommendations for chain lube?

Old 02-14-18, 09:01 PM
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Recommendations for chain lube?

I searched for this but didn't get too far.

I'm looking for a good chain lube for dry conditions. I've been using White Lightening Clean Ride for dry conditions.

I've found that it keeps things nice, and quiet for the first 10 miles after a good scrub and re-lube. After that, the chain starts to squeak and just gets progressively worse until I clean and lube it again.

My chain is in good condition and isn't excessively worn. Collectively, it has maybe 1000 miles on it, tops. I've never used WD40 on it and keep up on cleaning it throughout the year. During the wet months, I clean it every ride and use White Lightening's wet lube.

I've used White Lightening's lubes for years with great results, but after switching to SRAM, have found the results less than desirable.

Any recommendations, aside from replacing the chain?
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Old 02-14-18, 09:24 PM
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Wax.

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Popcorn.
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Obviously the problem is SRAMs fault.


Seriously though, I have used finish line, white lightning, and now boisheld T9. I don’t really care which kind and just pick whatever the shop I am in has in stock, but I apply it once every few months and never hear anything from the chain.
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Hot wax or nothing
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I suspect that the issue may be (only MAY be) the washing rather than the specific lube used.

Folks who wash their chains often fail to rinse or dry properly. Drying is very important because lubes get to where their needed inside the chain, by capillary action. If the chain isn't completely dry, it wicks the lube about as well as a wet towel would. So the newly applied lube sits on the outside until/unless you then wipe off the "excess".

Then again, there are longer lasting lubes than White Lightening.
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Rock n Road is good. Choose based on weather, lube often.
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Prolink

https://smile.amazon.com/Gold-Produc...rds=chain+lube
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I like Chain L and accept that my chain will both smell kinda funny and will not always look as clean as some may prefer, but it seems to last a long time, result in a very quiet drivetrain, and seem to reduce chain wear very well.

I use Dumonde Tech on a few bikes also because the shop I work at uses this as our default lube. I like it pretty well--the claim is that polymers bind to the metal at friction points. It does seem to go on easily like a wet lube, be less messy than most oil lubes, and last relatively long.
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https://youtu.be/4OkjvguSvlE

Video, then go to this website

https://zerofrictioncycling.com.au

Best testing I’ve ever seen. He test 8 or 9 lubes, there’s 50 pages on each test.

I know exactly which lube you use based on how much you complain about the “methods”. The more you scoff, the ****ier your preferred lube performed.
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Chain-L is my favorite.
It is so quiet.
Just wipe off the excess.
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CHAIN LUBE THREAD!!!

Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Hot wax or nothing
^^This^^

First time your chain drops or you get a rear tire flat, and you can just handle the chain with bare hands, you'll see the advantage. Especially if you're in a hurry. Like tonight, en route to a group ride.

But I don't ride the road bike in heavy rain, so wax suits me. Might be different if I commuted in wet weather.



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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Rock n Road is good. Choose based on weather, lube often.
+1

Rock n Road red is great in AZ, or other places that rarely get any rain.
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In before "Militant Home-brew Chain Lube Guy" comes with his "Take one gallon of hydrazine rocket fuel, one quart of Red Line synthetic differential oil, and 5 pounds of free-range, organic beeswax and simmer for 5 days for 50,000 miles of chain life with no cassette wear" shtick.

P.S. Been using Pro-link Gold for years. Lube and wipe down often.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Rock n Road is good. Choose based on weather, lube often.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I suspect that the issue may be (only MAY be) the washing rather than the specific lube used.

Folks who wash their chains often fail to rinse or dry properly. Drying is very important because lubes get to where their needed inside the chain, by capillary action. If the chain isn't completely dry, it wicks the lube about as well as a wet towel would. So the newly applied lube sits on the outside until/unless you then wipe off the "excess".
+1

Every time I clean a chain, I'll let it hang dry in the sun for a few hours before applying lube. The process takes a little longer, but the chain gets completely dry.
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I think chain cleaning and lubing technique are more important than the particular lube, granted you're using a reasonably reputable product.
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Lubing with unproven, but exotic, "bike specific" chain lube is likely to ad 50% to the chain budget
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Originally Posted by DoYouDiverge View Post



I used Prolink for years until a recent study showed it basically the worst performer

for both friction and wear.

Couple of months now on this, thinned a little. Lasts much longer between applications,

but harder to wipe off the black gunk.
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RemOil. Been using it for years. Narry a problem on my drive train. YMMV
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
+1

Rock n Road red is great in AZ, or other places that rarely get any rain.
We used to do orange - hybrid.
Kid said - only red or blue now. Red is for dry, blue for wet.
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Muc Off. I tried it this summer and will never use anything else again. I used to use prolink and muc off is on another planet; it's just unbelievable how smooth it is.

it does turn your whole drivetrain black after about one ride, but the performance is totally worth it.
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Originally Posted by Racing Dan View Post
Lubing with unproven, but exotic, "bike specific" chain lube is likely to ad 50% to the chain budget
Possibly, but OTOH may actually save money.

It takes less than $1.00 worth of a decent (bike specific) lube to do the job. If it does it's job, and has a reasonable service interval, the lube will pay for itself in improved chain life.

A decent lube made for the job, may also save the rider time and that too has a value.

In any case "unproven" and "exotic" are terms that show the writers bias. The proof is in the results, and given that the cost is very low compared to what folks spend on bikes, riders can determine for themselves if a product warrants the cost.
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You may think chain lubes are cheap, but Ceramic Speed UFO Drip is $75 for a small bottle.
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You may think chain lubes are cheap, but Ceramic Speed UFO Drip is $75 for a small bottle.
Yes, not cheap, but you don't have to buy it. However, an extreme example isn't a reason to pan an entire category. I sleep very well knowing that my clients are getting good value for the dough they toss my way.
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