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    what chain lube do yall like the best for dry/dusty conditions

    ive been using RnR Gold, but i think im gonna switch to Finish Line Dry

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    I live in Tucson (aka very dry and dusty) and I tend to use Dumonde Tech Lite.

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    Was big fan of rock n roll, but found Squirt. Last's all day long in dry dusty conditions.
    Really is awesome for dry dusty moon dust conditions.

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    I live in Phoenix and I use White Lightning Clean. No issues.
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    I am a big fan of the Rock N Roll Gold lube. There are plenty of good ones out there though.

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    Progold is the best on the market.
    I use "extreme" in all conditions except rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Progold is the best on the market.
    I use "extreme" in all conditions except rain.
    whats Progold

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    Quote Originally Posted by nauc View Post
    whats Progold
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    I live in dry dusty AZ and have used Nashbar brand dry chain lube for years on MTB's and road bikes. It's cheap and works as it should.

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    I ride in some serious dust and sand, and after trying several "dry" lubes, I settled on finish line krytech. Runs way cleaner than white lightning, rnr gold, finish line dry. And stays longer as well.

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    another vote for "Squirt"

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    Pedro's Ice Wax 2.0 - awesome lube for dry dusty conditions. I've tried a bottle of squirt and find it builds up waaay too much gunk, the ice wax 2.0 is similar in a lot of ways, but seems to work a whole lot better, last a lot longer and run a lot cleaner.

    Designed by some PhD in chemistry at MIT who was in the cycling team there. Made of bees wax and all natural. Geez this sounds like an ad ha ha, but I've been looking for a long time for a new lube that is approved to work with my mrp chainguide and this stuff is the shizz. Really dumb name though - ice wax 2.0, just doesn't roll off the tongue I gotta say.

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    I've been trying Finish Line Dry and not real happy with it. Only lasts about 20 miles on my MTB and maybe 50 miles on my roadbike. I dunno, seems to me you shouldn't have to lube your chain before every ride.

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    I used wax for years (mostly white lightening & RR) but got sick of the cleanup...it loads up over time on cogs, chain rings and chain and is just a pain in the arse to clean. I also dont think it does a good job of getting into the rollers.

    I like tri-flow or ANY oil based lube....easy to clean, just works...any condition

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipRoar View Post
    I used wax for years (mostly white lightening & RR) but got sick of the cleanup...it loads up over time on cogs, chain rings and chain and is just a pain in the arse to clean. I also dont think it does a good job of getting into the rollers.

    I like tri-flow or ANY oil based lube....easy to clean, just works...any condition
    I like triflow for my road bike and for wet conditions, but it just attracts so much grit on the trails.. Sometimes I feel like all the particles stuck to the chain are destroying the chain faster than if it was dry.
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    I like and use Progold.

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    I used the Dumonde Tech "green" for years and liked it but you have to use it very sparingly and wipe of the excess well or it does tend to build up over time. My shop started carrying the Finish Line Wet
    lube so I've used a bottle or two of that lately and like it a bit better....even for the dry conditions. Doesn't build up as much, doesn't attract grit, and lasts for a couple three rides (unless it's super bug dusty, silty).

    I haven't really liked the wax-based lubes like White Lightning and Pedros. They don't seem to last more than 10 miles in my dry, dusty conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithrider View Post
    I am a big fan of the Rock N Roll Gold lube. There are plenty of good ones out there though.
    I prefer the RnR Blue Lube. The Gold is good too.
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    If you're only in dry conditions try a paraffin wax dip (not a wax based lube). Awesome dry lube that will last for several hundred miles, but will wash away as soon as it gets wet. Get a cheap crock pot and a block of paraffin from the grocery store, clean your chain thoroughly with mineral spirits while the wax is melting in the crock pot. Drop the chain in, let it soak for 30-40 minutes, pull out with a coat hanger, let it try, pop the links free by hand, reinstall, ride around the block sweeping the gears to free up any hardened wax and then you're good to go. Supposedly the wax fills up all the space in the rollers so no grit can get in and cause wear, lots motorcycle guys swear by wax lubes as well. Got ~4K miles out of my old road bike chain using this method last year.

    ProLink worked pretty well in the past but just didnt last long at all. Burned through a bottle of Dumonde Lite on the mtbs last fall and it worked really well for dryish GA conditions. Trying ChainL for 2013 but havent had too many rides on it due to a wrist injury.

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    I use Finish Line Dry Teflon Lube.

    I´ve had no problems with it.

    It leaves your chain really clean.

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    Another fan of Squirt chain lube. Squirt dry lube is water based (unlike solvent based wax, Squirt doesn't soften the existing wax when reapplied), long lasting, doesn't build up on the surfaces of chain or gears. The best I've used for conditions where there is dust or mud, dry or rain.

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    what chain lube do yall like the best for dry/dusty conditions

    I have tried a bunch and keep going back to Boeshield.

    Sometimes I can put a little too much on and it looks like the link plates get dirty, but all running contact surfaces stay clear and run quiet and it usually lasts 100-200 miles of riding.

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    I mainly use Squirt, but have pedros that I got a huge bottle off chain love for super cheap that I use on my commuter bike.

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    what chain lube do yall like the best for dry/dusty conditions

    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    I mainly use Squirt, but have pedros that I got a huge bottle off chain love for super cheap that I use on my commuter bike.
    How does Squirt work with moon dust? Like they have down at Phil's world, I used t-9 last year and a quarter of the way thru the 16 mile course my chain was already kinda squeaky.
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    Works just fine for me. We get the same effect up here in colorado springs fromt he decomposed granite getting smashed dow and so dusty that you and your bike turn a shade of red from the dust. Never had a issue with the chain getting gunked up.

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    hmmm... just can't work out why squirt didn't work for me and the guys I go riding with regularly, we saw all the rave reviews it gets on the internets and all went out and bought bottles of it. Tried it for a month, did everything they say to do in the application, letting it dry overnight etc etc, and it just ended up a black gunky mess, even when used very sparingly. The buildup on the rear derailleur wheels was unbelievable. We all ended up ditching it for good, and can't work out what we did wrong. We've all been mtbing for many years too, ie know how to lube a chain.

    We ride for a few hours 4 or 5 days a week in the driest dustiest conditions you can get, so we gave it a good workout. Still got 3/4 of a bottle here. Have been using it on my kids bikes which don't get ridden that often and it seems to be ok on them. Maybe it needs longer time to dry, like a week or something... I don't got time fo' dat.

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    You might be using too much of it. I found that when I reapplied Squirt all the time, it started to build up.

    My "go to" technique for Squirt that has worked wonderfully has been to apply it the night before, or whenever I'm getting the bikes ready, couple of days, whatever. Then before the ride do a quick wipe down. Just run the chain backwards through a paper towel couple of times. Then don't reapply until the chain starts to actually squeak. Even if it "looks" like it needs it, but is quiet, don't reapply. After every ride, I run the chain backwards through a paper towel and that's it. My drivetrain has been staying very clean and lasting a long time as well.

    Basically finding every hundred miles or so or a whole bunch of water crossings is when I reapply. So if all I'm doing is a 15-20 mile dry ride every couple of days, I'll go almost 2 weeks before reapplying.

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    I also dont reapply ever ride. I apply let dry, then run it. Everytime I am getting the bike ready I pedal it around the street or pedal forward on the stand to check and make sure its shifting fine, if the chain is not making noise i wipe it down with a rag and call it good.

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    As most "wax" lubes have the same wax ( really teflon particles) in it, Squirt has the most content for its volume, in comparison to RnR, white lightning etc.

    Here in CO, we have the some pretty wicked moon dust dry conditions, and with Squirt I can go all week with out a problem.. If your gunking up your chain and pulley wheels, you may be using too much or not letting it dry before riding.
    As others have said, start with a clean chain, but a drop on every link, spin it around a few times , and let it sit overnight. My chain will look bone dry, and have zero build up and run silent for a week before I will re apply. Just remember to do a quick wipe down of the chain after every ride, and you should get great results.

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    Here in SoCal, I've tried quite a few of the aforementioned lubes and the one that works best for me is the Gnar Lube Pink . . . its definitely got a gimmicky smell with their added scents, but I swear to you the stuff goes on clean, doesn't accumulate and easily lasts for 60 - 70 miles per application.

    Check out their website too . . . . they've got some good instructional videos on how to lube a chain
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    SOLD!!! Forget all these lubes being discussed, Gnar Lube is the way to go.

    Actually I don't know if it really is any better than anything else, but their instructional videos on how to apply lube to the chain sold me. Very informative !

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    I use motorcycle chain wax with good results. Less mess than other lubes. You do have to let it dry well before riding though, or it does start to build up in areas. I take the chain off and soak/scrub it with mineral spirits every month or two to clear any build up.

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    im in socal, where its dry and dusty almost year round. ive used finish line dry, its horrible for dusty conditions. rnr and prolink, ive used, theyre almost even. i like them both. i need to clean the chain every three rides to keep things working properly.

    i seem to be going thru the rnr bottle much faster than prolink. thats my only observation. i have a bottle of dumond og ill be using as soon as the rnr runs out.

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    I think I am sold as well
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    what chain lube do yall like the best for dry/dusty conditions

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    Now I'm sold too!!
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    All gimmicks aside, I can also honestly say that their Pink lube really works well for me . . . currently have a bottle of the Black stuff, which I don't like as much because it makes a big(ger) mess, but the Pink stuff goes on clean and lasts well. No idea about the Green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Douger-1 View Post
    I live in Phoenix and I use White Lightning Clean. No issues.
    Same here. I use it year round in dusty dry conditions or muddy and wet. Works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    You might be using too much of it. I found that when I reapplied Squirt all the time, it started to build up.

    My "go to" technique for Squirt that has worked wonderfully has been to apply it the night before, or whenever I'm getting the bikes ready, couple of days, whatever. Then before the ride do a quick wipe down. Just run the chain backwards through a paper towel couple of times. Then don't reapply until the chain starts to actually squeak. Even if it "looks" like it needs it, but is quiet, don't reapply. After every ride, I run the chain backwards through a paper towel and that's it. My drivetrain has been staying very clean and lasting a long time as well.

    Basically finding every hundred miles or so or a whole bunch of water crossings is when I reapply. So if all I'm doing is a 15-20 mile dry ride every couple of days, I'll go almost 2 weeks before reapplying.

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    I remember you being a big proponent of Chain L, how does Squirt compare to Chain L?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    All gimmicks aside.
    That's the funny thing about marketing isn't it? I mean, those babes are smoking hot and the ad is a bit clever, but the brand just comes across as a joke and doesn't make me want to buy the product.

    Whereas a product like chain L is underground and you only hear about it by word of mouth or internet forums, must be awesome. Squirt's kind of the same, just one lube from that company, but marketed a bit more scientific and a bit mysterious coming from south africa, and has lots of rave reviews on internet forums.

    My favourite lube, pedros ice wax 2.0, has a ridiculous name which makes no sense, comes from a big name tool company, what would they know? and they have no description of what it does and they have 5 different lubes which ads to the confusion, and you'll never read about it on any mtb forum, but IMHO works heaps better than squirt. Marketing is tricky, aye.

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    T9 works the best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob View Post
    I remember you being a big proponent of Chain L, how does Squirt compare to Chain L?
    Chain L is awesome on the road bike. On the mountain bike, it started gunking up in dusty conditions and I've switched in favor of Squirt. I still use Chain-L on the road bike. It does a great job and lasts for-ever, and if you are doing a mud race, it would keep your chain lubed the entire time, but in dry and dusty conditions, it would not be be a "go to"

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    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    Chain L is awesome on the road bike. On the mountain bike, it started gunking up in dusty conditions and I've switched in favor of Squirt. I still use Chain-L on the road bike. It does a great job and lasts for-ever, and if you are doing a mud race, it would keep your chain lubed the entire time, but in dry and dusty conditions, it would not be be a "go to"
    EXACT same experience here. Might have to give Squirt a try, though I'm pretty content with Gnar
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    I've been using Orantas with no issues or complaints....seems to be doing well.
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    I was looking at this thread to see if I was missing out on a better product. Besides the video (Nice), I don't think I have found a reason to change. I've been using White Lightning for years and it's worked very well. I do apply it before every (almost) ride. I also use a log lighter and burn off the excess right after I apply the lube. My chain doesn't make noise and my drive train stays pretty clean. I also apply a couple drops to my fork slider seals too.

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    I've heard that if you get the pink lube on your hands, it stinks and doesn't wash off easily.
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    After some reading I'm debating white lightning or squirt or rock n roll...

    White lightning CLEAN or EPIC?
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    I use Squirt on my road bike. I get some waxy buildup...but I could be using too much as mentioned before.

    On the MTB...I like the Rock n Roll Blue.

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    I've been using Finish Line Dry Lube based on recommendation from my friend that got me start MTBing 5 years ago. I'm not happy with it and I'm sick of cleaning my chain that's full of dirt every 20-30 miles. When the bottle is near empty, the nozzle gets clogged with presumably Teflon bits which suggests the Teflon doesn't do anything for you since it isn't soluble in anything really. It seems like this is the same logic that makes Teflon additives for motor oil pretty much useless gimmicks.

    So, I'm on the hunt for something new. I bought a bottle of some Orange named oil which is semi-ok so far and I just ordered some of the Pedro's Ice Wax or whatever it's called. I'm hearing wax is good for SoCal dry and dusty so I'll give it a shot.

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    I ride in dusty high desert conditions and like Boeshield T-9 the best. Super easy to clean, sheds dust well and lasts longer than others I've tried. It's kinda somewhere in the middle between a wax and more tradition petroleum lube. You just gotta put it on the night before. I'ts not a good last minute at the trailhead kinda lube.

    The one I would never use again is Triflow. Turns everything black, is hard to get off, attract dirt and dust like bees to honey and gets all over your bike.
    Are you really sure about that?

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