- New chain, degrease and lube or lube and use ?
I’ve always tended to apply some lube on top of the factory grease and ride for a few times before removing all the gunk with a chain cleaner. What’s the current thinking ?Posted 3 years ago
I just run as is for the first ride as it will be getting wiped and lubed after first ride anyway with conditions as they are.Posted 3 years ago
As per weeksy, just run it as is as it’ll get washed afterwards and you’ll do whatever you normally do to a chain. 1 ride isn’t going to make any difference.
How old are you anyway? You seem incapable of doing anything without prior STW approval…. 😉Posted 3 years ago
^^ bit harsh, is that not what forums are about, seeking opinion ?Posted 3 years ago
Iainc, sorry, I thought the winky thing would let you know I wasn’t being serious. Apologies if I overstepped ‘the mark’.
PS it’s just a chain… 😀Posted 3 years ago
No worries 😀
Grumpy old git here !Posted 3 years ago
Use as is, normally, but if it’s really dusty I might wipe as much of the sticky stuff off first as it’s s magnet for dust.Posted 3 years ago
but if it’s really dusty
Pretty sure the OP lives in Scotland. Not much chance of finding dust today!Posted 3 years ago
Grumpy old git here !
Aren’t we all? 😆Posted 3 years ago
There may be some dust here in 4 or 5 months, for a day or 2…. Manky west of Scotland mud till then !Posted 3 years ago
The sram, and kmc sites both say the goo should be removed and your fave brand of lube added before use.Posted 3 years ago
The goo is not a lube, just for storage.
The factory lube is supposedly much better than anything you can do to it yourself, so the longer it stays on the better.Posted 3 years ago
Running a new chain like a KMC with their storage goo will contaminate the rest of the drive train too, so the cleaning task is much worse
I remove goo, and apply thin water soluble Prolink Gold
Mine’s the cleanest chain in the gang then 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Wish I had the capacity to worry about such trivial things. Just use it as is.Posted 3 years ago
Leave it on. It’s the best lube you can havePosted 3 years ago
It’s the best lube you can have
At attracting dirt and screwing your new chain.Posted 3 years ago
I guess it’s down to how you run your drive normally. If you’re the wipe it down, dribble something oily on it, when it’s knackered, replace it gang, then ride on.
If you Luke to tinker and keep it as clean as possible and switch your choice of dry wax depending on conditions (guilty) then strip and coat with lube of choice. (Putoline hot wax for me right now).Posted 3 years ago
I wipe it off with a gt85 soaked rag as soon as it comes out of the packet. Saves getting sticky hands.Posted 3 years ago
What is that stuff they put on new chains anyway? seems like a light grease more than a lube,if you wanted to buy it what would you buy? don’t intend to just curious.Posted 3 years ago
Use as is, ignore for 7 months (no maintenance at all). Worked for me, although I boiled it in Putoline was yesterday as it was showing rust after riding through the salty puddles. Shimano XT.Posted 3 years ago
Clean it off, but no need to be fastidiousPosted 3 years ago
If you Luke to tinker and keep it as clean as possible and switch your choice of dry wax depending on conditions (guilty) then strip and coat with lube of choice.
Guilty as charged 😀
Have wiped down with degreaser and lubed up with Rock n Roll blue….Posted 3 years ago
^^^^^ this for me too,gold tarty kmc chain shiny and silentPosted 3 years ago
Degrease in white spirit, wipe clean, re lube , go ride.
I find that the factory grease makes a real mess of the chain ring(s) and cassette.Posted 3 years ago
Turns your entire chain/cassette/chainring/jockies black, with caked on gritty grunge within a few miles of the first ride
But hey, if you OK with that, that’s coolPosted 3 years ago
A quick wipe with a GT85 soaked rag to remove the excess stickiness from the outside then use it until the chain needs relubed according to your regular service intervals.
We do this hundreds of times each year on new fleet bikes and on the replacement chains. No gunk, no dusty, gritty chains.Posted 3 years ago
I use Squirt dry wax lube. Just had a new bike, so I put the squirt on top of the factory wax stuff. Rode it. Repeated. Haven’t died yet. 😀Posted 3 years ago
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