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Best way to get factory lube off the chain

Old 03-16-12, 11:04 AM
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Best way to get factory lube off the chain

My chain and cassette were trash, so I mounted new ones right before leaving for work. I didn't bother to mess with lube since I was running behind and it already had factory lube on it.

I rode in, rode back. The next day, the chain was not only dry, but it it had rust on it. So if you ever want to know how to get rid of that factory lube, one ride in sub primo weather should do the trick quite effectively.
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Old 03-16-12, 11:38 AM
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Hmmm. Was that a Shimano chain? My experience with Shimano chains is that their factory lube is pretty durable - its a high tension grease. Very good and very durable.
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Leave it on, and add your favorite lube on top.
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Originally Posted by NealH View Post
Hmmm. Was that a Shimano chain? My experience with Shimano chains is that their factory lube is pretty durable - its a high tension grease. Very good and very durable.
It's 105. In dry conditions I actually like the factory lube. Conditions on that day were a bit worse than normal. Here's what my hand looked like when I had to stop for a flat tire.

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Both Sleldon Brown and several people here say the factory lube is better and more durable than most anything else you can use. They all save leave it on until you need to add lube. I've never heard of your sitation before.
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Both Sleldon Brown and several people here say the factory lube is better and more durable than most anything else you can use. They all save leave it on until you need to add lube. I've never heard of your sitation before.
For normal riding, it works fine. I hate wet lubes because they gunk up so bad, but I find that nothing else will stay on the chain in real slop.
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Spray with WD40, then the old shake-in-a-can-of-simple-green took the shimano lube right off.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Holy carp! How close were you to the summit?

This makes the deluge we've had up here seem almost tolerable...

And you had to stop and fix a flat in that??
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Damn, dude! That's friggin' hard core!

That's a pretty humbling pic.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Holy carp! How close were you to the summit?

This makes the deluge we've had up here seem almost tolerable...

And you had to stop and fix a flat in that??
Believe it or not, this was just in the valley on my way to work on Tues (i.e. this didn't happen to me today, I just got around to dorking out on BF about it today). But we've had quite a bit of cool rain and wintry mix conditions. My wife tried to talk me into driving. But roads were a bit slippery, and I hear you should avoid driving in slick conditions...

It's my own damn fault. I had an early morning appointment, so I was hoping I wouldn't get a flat. The flat tire gods hate it when you think about them, so they poked my tires with wires from steel belted radials.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
It's 105. In dry conditions I actually like the factory lube. Conditions on that day were a bit worse than normal. Here's what my hand looked like when I had to stop for a flat tire.

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Love how the ice laid up on the gloves to look like skeleton hands.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
It's 105. In dry conditions I actually like the factory lube. Conditions on that day were a bit worse than normal. Here's what my hand looked like when I had to stop for a flat tire.

That is a great pic.
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You troll.

Best way to remove factory lube, my pimply, saggy old ass!

You wanted to make me feel all lazy and soft and you did!
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Oh, and a KMC chain would have held up better.
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lmao i love that
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Was this thread just an excuse to post that pic?

Good show.


I'm told 90w oil makes a good lube for chains.
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Was this thread just an excuse to post that pic?

Good show.


I'm told 90w oil makes a good lube for chains.
Believe it or not, I really was wondering about the lube -- rust after one ride really seemed weird/annoying.

The pic is fun, so I threw it in after the comment about the factory lube being especially durable to provide a little context as to how it would get messed up so fast. I would like to find an alternative to the wet lubes I've been using, but the light ones aren't even good for an hour in true slop. I've tried quite a few things over the years, but I keep an eye out just in case something new that I don't know about pops up.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
It's 105. In dry conditions I actually like the factory lube. Conditions on that day were a bit worse than normal. Here's what my hand looked like when I had to stop for a flat tire.



You sir, are the personification of HTFU!!!
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That is a seriously great photo.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
You sir, are the personification of HTFU!!!
Sometimes, it's so bad that it's good. This was one of those times. Plus it's always fun to hear people whine about having to drive less than half the distance you just rode in the same conditions.
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I'm told 90w oil makes a good lube for chains.
I tried that *once*.
It turned the chain into fly-paper.
You would not believe the huge chunks of dirt sticking to it.
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Awesome pic. And I thought hours on the trainer was HTFU.

I myself hate the factory-lube that comes on chain. It's not the lube itself, but the sheer stickiness of it. I haven't used any bike lube that makes the chain so friggin' sticky that anything pretty much latches onto it. It's so thick that it doesn't seem to come off with regular degreaser. (This was for a KMC chain and a Shimano 8-speed chain.)
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I put my chain in a plastic baggy, squirt in a few oz. of Rock and Roll Gold, swish around and done.
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
Awesome pic. And I thought hours on the trainer was HTFU.
You thought correctly -- cold slop is more fun than trainer action any day. Plus I can blame my pathetic performance on the weather.
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