- chain lube – what's flavour of the day
I’ll expermiment with wax at some point, but right now, what’s folks rated chainlube in a bottle? I normally use purple extreme, but local supply is non existent. A dry, not much residue lube is favoured. I dont mind reapplication so long as it lasts an average ride. I like a lack of mess with my chain lubes…Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
Does any one else dislike these new fangled runny lubes (rock n roll etc). In spite of what the shop says they dont look like they should work and after a few years using them Im convinced they dont. My chains end up with small amounts of rust – something Iv never had with the sticky ones, that – would you believe- actually stick to the chain.
Bring back sticky lubes!Posted 4 years agodiscoduckMember
I’ve experimented with Wax and cant say that i enjoyed using it, audible graunching and a lack of rust protection,
I’ve used Rock ‘n’ Roll blue extensively and its good for a bit but fades out very quickly, on a long haul it needs re applying so it means carrying it with you which is often the case with most lubes.
I’ve swapped across to Purple Extreme and have been running this over the past 4 weeks in the dryest conditions i’ve experienced in the UK for some time, So i cant comment on wet wetaher usage but dry is exceptionally good,
I dont want to teach you to suck eggs so please forgive me if you follow this method already but i’ve found especially since i stopped using the Finish Line stuff about 3 years ago that if you apply the lube after a ride so its got time to go off before the next ride, ideally a day ? a lot of these solvent based remedies need to evapourate before riding.Posted 4 years agoOscillate WildlyMember
i do love the rock n roll extreme stuff, but i seem to be applying it alot just lately, even though its dry out im finding if i dont apply after every 2 rides its starting squeaking the chain etc, never noticed this in the winter i guess maybe i should use the rock n roll dry in the summer perhaps that would fair better than the extreme
extreme in the winter is brilliant mind! never had an issue and doesnt clog up with crap and stays cleanPosted 4 years agono_eyed_deerMember
Finish Line Wet Conditions, all year round – been using it since 1994!
I use just a smidgen when it’s dry and a good dollop when it’s wet. The smell takes me back to my youth. No problems with it, apart from the chain and cassette requires cleaning briefly with a cloth and white spirit after every ride.Posted 4 years agojamesozMember
wwaswas – Member
works well and the petrol evaporates leaving oil behind in the chain.
do you have a ‘no naked flames’ rule in your shed?
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Outside in the back garden, or if I’m feeling daring, in the kitchen with the gas hob on whilst smoking a fag.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
Finish Line wet lube in the winter…it’s great but is hateful to clean, even with the bare minimum used.
Started usingFinish Line ceramic lube last summer and thought it was great, but this year it’s been rubbish; even at the slightest hint if water it’s failed whereas I was able to use it mist of the year previously.
Just tried Juice Lubes Viking lube and it seems to work pretty well. It’s coped with wet rides and doesn’t pick up too much crap in the dry but it’s horrible to apply because it’s so runny.
Found that the wet lube works best in the road bike and keeps the chain quite quiet. The others can’t cope with longer rides and get noisey very quickly.Posted 4 years agomuddygroundMember
Surely with these “what lube” questions you need to set certain qualifications from the off? Road or proper bike? Canal tow path or actual off-road in mud and rain for several hours? Otherwise somebody will say “X lube works great for me!” and it turns out to be nothing more than a pootle to the shops and back on an ancient Dawes. Furthermore I know poeple who swear by a certain lubricant but have the mechanical sympathy of a gnat; they wouldn’t know a ‘graunchy’ chain from a new one out of the wrapper.
Personally I find all these “what lube” posts a bit pointless as you’ve no idea what style or length of ride people do, let alone their personal levels of mechanical ineptitude. Without a reference point there’s nothing to judge by.
Sorry but I’m out.Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
wwaswas – Member
I quite like the Muc-Off stuff – as long as you’re not too liberal it’s fine.
And the garage acquires a lovely pineapplely smell too.
chakaping – Member
White Lightning Epic Ride does what you requested.
I’ve settled on that after a few years of experimentation, good for MTB and road.Posted 4 years ago
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