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Old 04-29-08, 08:28 AM
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What lube do you use?

Ok, new to road biking and have only ridden a MT. bike before.

Use either WD-40 or CLP (gun lube) on my mt. bike, but now that I have an Allez triple I would like to know what you guys use on your bike to lube the chain, gears and anything else.

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geez, that's a rather personal question.

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Prolink here as well. I've always heard people stress to NEVER use WD40. Use the oil for all cables and chain.
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ok, just checked out the prolink site and it sounds really close to CLP (originally designed for the Navy and used through out the DoD on their weapons and just about anything). I will get a small bottle of the prolink and compare it to the CLP, but if they look similiar I will let you guys know (plus CLP is about 8 bucks for a 24 oz spray bottle).
Thanks for the quick replies.

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Originally Posted by diggy488 View Post
Prolink here as well. I've always heard people stress to NEVER use WD40. Use the oil for all cables and chain.
you can use WD-40 on the cable housings if they get water in them.
otherwise WD-40 is too thin, washes off too easily, degrades the factory grease and ends up damaging bearings if it manages to get inside.
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For chain: prolink, or it that prolife. Something like that. But I think it's a wet lube. I prefer to use dry lube and apply it more frequently (less mess, less gunk). I haven't read the label on it for a while so cant remember if it's wet or dry lube.

Ps: I also have an Allez. Nice bikes huh?

PPs: Do NOT use WD40 - it's DE-greaser.

I used a tub of the cheapest grease I could find for other moving parts. It's reddish purple.
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Yea, don't use WD-40 as a lube. I don't think it'll hurt anything, and should do a good job of cleaning/protecting from rust, but I'd imagine it wouldn't last for one entire ride.

Of course, if you've been using it and haven't experienced any problems thusfar, perhaps it wouldn't be such a bad idea?
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should have really put it this way in my original post. WD-40 as a cleaner and then the CLP as the lube. CLP works wonders on metal to metal friction prevention and rust preventative in and if you clean it up after applying it will not attract dust/dirt.

I am going to the performace bike store in the greenwood village area at lunch (was reading about their tuesday lunch sales that give extra 10% off) so I will pick up the prolink then and give it a try on my new Allez Elite Triple.

Should be able to tell right after my first week how it holds up compared to the CLP.

Thanks again for the replies.

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I wouldn't be spraying WD-40 around my bike.

I have no knowledge of CLP, but I'd have to think that something formulated for working at heat in a gun may have different design charecteristics than something optimized for a bicycle chain.
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Originally Posted by UniversalFrost View Post
should have really put it this way in my original post. WD-40 as a cleaner and then the CLP as the lube. CLP works wonders on metal to metal friction prevention and rust preventative in and if you clean it up after applying it will not attract dust/dirt.

I am going to the performace bike store in the greenwood village area at lunch (was reading about their tuesday lunch sales that give extra 10% off) so I will pick up the prolink then and give it a try on my new Allez Elite Triple.

Should be able to tell right after my first week how it holds up compared to the CLP.

Thanks again for the replies.

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I wouldn't be spraying WD-40 around my bike.

I have no knowledge of CLP, but I'd have to think that something formulated for working at heat in a gun may have different design charecteristics than something optimized for a bicycle chain.
Absolutely. CLP= "Cleaner, lubricate, protect." The Army's one step (and cheep) solution to keep your weapon clean.
We hardly ever use the stuff on our guns.
It does not bond to the metal like Progold claims it does (which I use and really like).

WD-40: originally designed as a water displacer to be sprayed in the nose cones of warheads. Great for the squeaky door hinge. Keep it away from the bicycle.
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Had to check which forum I was on for a second there ....

Dunno what it's called, but it comes in a small dark red bottle ... or WD-40 in an emergency *ducks*
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I would be interested to know how the CLP compares to the Rock'n'Roll gold. Having used CLP in the Navy for years and now using it on my guns, the stuff works and works pretty well. Anything that stands up to a 50 cal and sea salt should be good enough for a bike chain. How often do you lube your chain though?
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ok folks, I lube the chain once a week on the mt. bike with CLP (about 110 miles) , which is more preventative than needed. I could probably go 2 weeks without it, but I am just a nit picker.

Anyway, got the pro link at the performance bike store today. Will put on the bike and let you guys know in a week or so what I think of it compared to the CLP.

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