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Old 10-05-11, 12:23 PM
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Slop weather lube

I've tried a number of wet lubes over the years, but they're all to gunky. The prolink that I use doesn't even make it through the day. So I haven't found anything I like yet.

What's your favorite?
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I've been using Boeshield T9 for the last few years. One lube is good for a couple-few hundred miles. 'Course, I live on the dry side of the Cascades, but even riding (WET!) brevets over in the Valley, Boeshield holds up really well.

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Try marine bearing grease from Home Depot or Phils Tenacious Oil if you want an 'official' bike product. I wish I had this problem (am in Texas - rain is a myth here along with fairies and unicorns...)
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Originally Posted by banerjek
I've tried a number of wet lubes over the years, but they're all to gunky. The prolink that I use doesn't even make it through the day. So I haven't found anything I like yet.

What's your favorite?
Phil Wood Tenacious Oil (a.k.a. motor oil) sealed with marine grease.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Try marine bearing grease from Home Depot or Phils Tenacious Oil if you want an 'official' bike product. I wish I had this problem (am in Texas - rain is a myth here along with fairies and unicorns...)
Nice call.
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I haven't tried a whole lot else, though.
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Dumonde Tech original formula.

Make sure you apply it in a very well ventilated area.
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A little home brew works for me... use it 12 months of the year and like any good lube, a proper wipe down does much to prevent the chain from becoming a crud magnet.

Winter bike got 5000 - 6000 km last year and had no measureable chain wear on a singular drive (3 speed). Chain life on the gearies has also been very good and chains have been lasting 8000 km and I replace them at 12 1/16.
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I've had issues with some of the heavy lubes people are recommending. While durable and effective at providing lubrication, no matter how well I wipe my chain, they seem to be grit magnets which then act like grinding paste on the drivetrain. Or is that just my best option?

Tire options suck for slop. Hell, wheel options suck for slop. Come to think about it, all options suck. But somehow the riding is always good.
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oregon is a nightmare on chains. i seem to go through them like gangbusters. portland is dry and dusty in the summer and wet and grimy the other 9 months. im currently using boeshield as well and it seems to work pretty well. definitely sheds water but a heavy coating will attract dirt like crazy.
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I use T-9 on my all weather bikes. But I don't live in Oregon.
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Wipe it down with mineral oil and use a clean, dry rag to remove the excess and the crud. You can get the cleanest, most refined mineral oil in the laxative department.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex
oregon is a nightmare on chains. i seem to go through them like gangbusters. portland is dry and dusty in the summer and wet and grimy the other 9 months. im currently using boeshield as well and it seems to work pretty well. definitely sheds water but a heavy coating will attract dirt like crazy.
Dry and dusty? PORTLAND????

I take it you've never been to Bend in the late summer...

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ps - Boeshield won't attract schmutz if you follow the directions and wipe off the excess.
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Chain L is the best in the thick, long wearing, use in any weather catagory!
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Chain saw bar/chain lube cut with mineral spirits, year around. Wiping the chain helps keep the grit down, but I think living with a little grit is just part of winter riding. I figure removing the chain periodically for a thorough drive-train cleaning is one of the prices one pays for riding in the winter. Around here they sand the roads starting in about a month, so it's a fact of life. I still get around 3-4K miles on a 10-speed chain.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex
oregon is a nightmare on chains. i seem to go through them like gangbusters. portland is dry and dusty in the summer and wet and grimy the other 9 months. im currently using boeshield as well and it seems to work pretty well. definitely sheds water but a heavy coating will attract dirt like crazy.
Portland is a severe environment to ride a bike in... if there is a reason to run disc brakes this is it as anyone who rides on a daily basis is going to experience accelerated rim wear because of water and grit and this is a hellish environment for things like chains.

That... and most people do not spend nearly enough time maintaining their bikes and only address things when they stop working... our PDX bikes are clean and shiny and with proper care they handle everything the PNW can throw at them.

Up here we do not get as much water but we get a lot of snow and cold but spring is a dirty mess as you will be riding through a winter accumulation of sand which will eat a chain.

Full fenders and cleaning / lubing as needed will greatly extend the chain and drive train life.
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I like this stuff the best so far. It can survive a couple of downpours and still keep things quiet.

It is gunky though, and I'm sure it traps a lot of abrasives.
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I use motor oils and heavy car oils, all the experts and everyone say dont use it. but i use it anyway because im smart.
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Originally Posted by MileHighMark
Dumonde Tech original formula.

Make sure you apply it in a very well ventilated area.
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Originally Posted by Lowcal
I use motor oils and heavy car oils, all the experts and everyone say dont use it. but i use it anyway because im smart.
I've used motor oils on motorbikes, worked fine. Messy though.
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Originally Posted by Lowcal
I use motor oils and heavy car oils, all the experts and everyone say dont use it. but i use it anyway because im smart.
and yu rite guud tuu.

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Triflow seems to hold on in the rain, but you do get some grit buildup. I take it as a fact of life.

If you're really OCD, get a reusable master link and dunk it in mineral spirits from time to time. Or keep a couple around and rotate them.
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Originally Posted by bobbycorno
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thanks hunny
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Originally Posted by Lowcal
I use motor oils and heavy car oils, all the experts and everyone say dont use it. but i use it anyway because im smart.
It is excellent lube (and the base for most lubricants) but benefits greatly if you add mineral spirits to act as a carrier which will then evaporate and leave the oil where it is needed.

Makes wiping down the chain a lot easier and it will then attract less dust.

ON dust... because we live in a semi arid and cold climate with a great deal of dust Tri Flow is one of the poorer lubes to use here as it is a dust magnet although due to the teflon additives it does clean up nicely.
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