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Environmentally friendly bike lube that don't freeze too much in cold weather

Old 12-16-15, 10:38 AM
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Environmentally friendly bike lube that don't freeze too much in cold weather

Looking for environmentally bike lube that don't freeze too much let's say between 15F and -20F (the lower the better).

I have some homemade glycol but i'm not quite sure it is a good idea.

It would be to put on a bike chain, roller brakes and maybe IGH. Any idea?
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Old 12-16-15, 10:41 AM
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Bacon grease.
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Old 12-16-15, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Bacon grease.
Good idea. I can at least apply that to my roller brakes
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Old 12-16-15, 12:15 PM
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Check out some of the Pedro's lubes. Some of them are supposed to be biodegradable and are plant based.
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Old 12-16-15, 08:23 PM
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The coldest temps ever recorded in the Atlanta area doesn't reach -10, and it hasn't been below zero since January 1985. So take my advice with a grain of salt.

I use Boeshield T-9 without problems in our Jan/Feb spring like temps.

You might look it up for winter use.
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Old 12-16-15, 08:47 PM
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Bacon grease.
Oh, I could imagine the dogs chasing you down the road like the Pied Piper.
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Old 12-17-15, 08:18 AM
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I've used Progold Prolink down to -20F and it still worked fine. I have no idea if it's environmentally friendly or not though.
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Old 12-17-15, 08:53 AM
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You're going to have a hard time finding something natural or environmentally friendly that works to such low temperatures. It's chain lube, it's not like you're pouring it down a baby seal's mouth or anything.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
You're going to have a hard time finding something natural or environmentally friendly that works to such low temperatures. It's chain lube, it's not like you're pouring it down a baby seal's mouth or anything.
If you leave your bike at home check how much VOC you breath from your chain lube.
Anyway, since COP21 everyone must do his duty

"One small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind"

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Old 12-17-15, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
If you leave your bike at home check how much VOC you breath from your chain lube.
Anyway, since COP21 everyone must do his duty

"One small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind"
What!? Nothing in this post made sense.
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Old 12-17-15, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Oh, I could imagine the dogs chasing you down the road like the Pied Piper.
Yeah, but they'll be nipping at the chain instead of your leg.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
What!? Nothing in this post made sense.
Why? Any idea means any idea. Doesn't mean that i'm going to buy all the suggestions.
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only environmentally friendly thing would be to leave the primordial hydrocarbons in the ground, but its too late for that .
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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
Why? Any idea means any idea. Doesn't mean that i'm going to buy all the suggestions.
No, I meant literally. I didn't understand ANY of the sentences you wrote. Was there a point you were trying to make? VOCs from my breath from my chain lube? What?
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Old 12-17-15, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
No, I meant literally. I didn't understand ANY of the sentences you wrote. Was there a point you were trying to make? VOCs from my breath from my chain lube? What?
Hah, originally I thought the VOC breathing post was mocking the OP, but now I see it was the OP.
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Old 12-17-15, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
No, I meant literally. I didn't understand ANY of the sentences you wrote. Was there a point you were trying to make? VOCs from my breath from my chain lube? What?
I think the OP was talking about volatile organic compounds (VOC) and how you will breath in some VOC vapors from your chain lube if you keep the bike at home. I doubt chain lubes have enough VOCs on them for that to be an issue (more so when you consider how little lube is applied) but it has probably been known to cause cancer in the state of California. If you know what I mean.

I think the obvious answer for the OP'S original question is: hemp seed oil.
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Old 12-17-15, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by FrozenK View Post
it has probably been known to cause cancer in the state of California. If you know what I mean.
Much like independent thought.

My Fuji Track has a CA cancer sticker on it. I wonder if it is the chain lube that warranted the notice...
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Old 12-17-15, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Much like independent thought.

My Fuji Track has a CA cancer sticker on it. I wonder if it is the chain lube that warranted the notice...
Or the grease in the headset bearings?
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Old 12-17-15, 12:37 PM
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Is wax based lube environmentally friendly?
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Originally Posted by FrozenK View Post
Or the grease in the headset bearings?
Either way I'll probably avoid licking the bike.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Either way I'll probably avoid licking the bike.
That's usually a good idea.
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Originally Posted by FrozenK View Post
That's usually a good idea.
Especially in the winter with it being steel.

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I've had chain lube that smelled like coconuts.
My latest lube I bought was Tri-Flow that has a distinctive banana smell.
It goes on very thin. Presumably some of the banana smell is it drying out a bit..

According to the MSDS, their standard Tri-Flow is a petroleum based product.

However, they also sell a soy based Tri-Flow lube (with less info on the MSDS).

Triflow - Tri-Flow Superior Soy Lube Drip Bottle



I wonder if you'd get good chain lube just using vegitable oil. It does tend to freeze, but that may not be a problem if it is applied at warmer temperatures so that the lube penetrates into the chain before freezing.

The Triflow Soy above is rated at (12 to 475 F). But, still, it may be ok if it is applied in warmer temperatures.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Especially in the winter with it being steel.


Apparently the way you get your tongue unstuck is to have your Brother Pee On Your tongue.. a handy source of warm 'water'..
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