What Chain Lube Works Best for You?

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  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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  2. Faust29

    Faust29 Moderator

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    I'm glad to say that particular lube was before my mountain biking time... o_O

    :p

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  3. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

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  4. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Hooligan

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    Oh brother....you guys are funny:laugh:
     
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  5. Faust29

    Faust29 Moderator

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  6. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

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    Uncle Jay.. J-Zilla...Uncle Rossage? All right you win. Fine! Today I took the pain staking time to lube my chain one drop per barrel at a time. I cast away my carefree drizzle-it-on-like-honey on cornbread impatient method, plopped down my best 5 gal. bucket for a seat and did it right. Do you know how long it takes to lube a chain? For me about 1/2 a beer. I used the Dumonde blue/green classic original lubricant. I thought at first that this lube smells like red paint but now thinking about it I think it smells more like blue paint. Anyway.. hoping for quiet long lasting clean drivetrain results.
     
  7. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    Wipe off the excess and allow it to dry.

    And was the chain super clean to start with?
     
  8. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

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    Car wash clean! So yes pretty clean.
     
  9. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

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    That chart is oxymoronic. More watts = lower cf? WTF? Molybdenumdisulfide is the best lube, we all know that. Any moly chains? Nope. Next is Moly with PTFE. Cf is a little higher and the Teflon grease makes it easy. That stuff leaves a nasty graphite looking mark on your white clean room coat.

    Enough of science; Different dusts affect lube life. That gray powdery moon dust is the worst.
    I just listen to the bike, if you here the chain it is time to lube, if the chain is sticking a little when you shift, time to lube. If you use a Teflon lube with a nice carrier it will not gunk up so you rarely have to wipe (smells good too). Check buildup on your idler pulley's, That is where you will see the lube mixed with the dust. I am odd, I spray WD-40 on my SPD's when they feel sticky, that does not happen often except if I venture into the moon dust.
     
  10. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

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    Dumonde users on iMTB: Smell it!

    Dumonde Tech:

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  11. Obsidian

    Obsidian Well-Known Member

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    Oh wow, I never noticed that. I keep my bike inside, and whenever I apply the Dumonde the scent fills the room. I like the smell of the lite, but I guess I should start opening a window. :gag:
     
  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    That's why I feel so.....relaxed after I lube my chain.....whodathunk. :eek: :p
     
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  13. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Hooligan

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    Dumonde = mountain bikers crack
     
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  14. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

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    it is because the stuff contains Polytetrafluoroethylene AKA PTFE. PTFE is something you do not want to smoke. Mechanics get it on their hands and BTW PTFE does not really come off, PTFE is solvent resistant AKA soap. Now MTN bikers roll their own smoke so maybe that high is something other than $$$$ California approved and taxed Kush.
    Me, I am too old for any of this schist, but :inlove: Teflon lubricants on my bike chain.

    Happy smoken trails
     
  15. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    15 pages on chain lube. Just sayin'
     
  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    The next 15 pages will be on colored cable tips or not. :eek:
     
  17. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Spoke nipple color...
     
  18. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

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    I took my annual CPR training. They told me to cut off your nipple ring, color does not matter. So don't crash near me or you will loose that expensive piercing. I was also told to cut underwire bras. I think the instructor may have a breast fetish.
     
  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    How many of you ride with caps on your valve stems? I won't ride without them, but almost nobody rides with them. Why not? Please don't tell me weight savings.
     
  20. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

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    We could talk about 12 speed chains.. the difference between HG and non HG chains how that affects stickiness to Narrow Wide Chain Ring profile and whether you can or should use Sram quick connects vs Shimano quick links on HG chains.. on Normal Race Face or wolf tooth chainrings... Or Absolute which actually has different machined profiled chain rings for HG and Non HG chains...

    Or not....
     
  21. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    Not needed. Haven't used them in decades.
     
  22. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

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    I ride with caps... But for no specific reason.. other than it bugs me when I lose one...like I just did a really nice aluminum one... Grrr
     
  23. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Those things actually matter to performance. Let's not.
     
  24. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    And that's why you're faster than me. :cool:
     
  25. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    J M
    Current Bike:
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    Was different when we ran Schrader valves....it kept the crap out of them. With Presta's...not an issue.

    And yes, it is much more aero without them.
     
  26. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

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    CRAP.. That explains it!!!
     
  27. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Mikie Watson
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    Here we go!
    I disagree. I find running with caps prevent the little twisty thingy that you tighten after pumping up your tire does not get bent when you use a cap. I have bent plenty of those over the years. Never happens when capped.
     
  28. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    J M
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    That happens more when installing/removing the pump head. Never bent one out in the trail.
     
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