Chain lube alternatives/DIY options
I'm out of chain oil and, being a terminal cheapskate, I'm thinking about alternatives to paying the best part of a tenner for 100ml of lube. I notice Bonthrone are doing Finish Line wet for £45 3.8litres posted which sounds good if I can find a few others to chip in.Posted 8 years ago
Before I go down this route, what about chainsaw oil, motorbike chain oil, other DIY concoctions? Does anyone have any experience?
It needs to be fairly good in the wet for me – I rarely manage to do a ride that doesn't involve several full immersions.Huxley555Member
Lubes oh god been through them all, purple,progold,squirt,fenwicks,finish line you name it.
In the dry id say squirt, runs very smooth but once it gets wet i can kill it off in 20 or so miles.
In the wet hmm purple extreme or finish line wet both are good.
But for an all rounder im loving white lightnings clean ride, goes on clean stays clean and has better longevity than squirt, not sure about proper wet weather but atm it holds up better than the squirt.Posted 8 years agowoodsmanMember
+4 for chainsaw oil, use sparingly though it does gloop up the chain a bit. I only use it on my Rohloff bike. I use 'duck oil' which is a silicone free penertrating oil, used in the motor trade, on a rag and run the chain through that in between, and on my full sus bike. I've been using a free sample of Purple Extreme on the geared bike, it does work well I must say, with no clogging, but I have been using duck oil for years without any probs.Posted 8 years agoanokdaleMember
Chainsaw oil here, soak the chain and if it is dry i wipe the excess off and if it is wet dont wipe so much off, bought a gallon from the local farm shop a couple of years ago and probably still have half left even after filling my chainsaw up six or seven times. Cheap considering the price they ask for the the 100Ml stuff in bike shops.Posted 8 years ago
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