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    Using silicone for chain lube ???

    With Prolink I get slower shifting and not sure it is lasting the entire ride sometimes, Triflow faster shifting but draws contaminants so I've been experimenting with a silicone spray lube the last couple of days. seems to lubricate good and stays cleaner than the Prolink.

    Anybody else tried using silicone and what's the down side?


    This is the one I tried.
    Blaster 11 oz. Dry Lube Silicone Lubricant-16-SL at The Home Depot

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    I am definitely not the right responder since I ride single speed but... I have always used DuMonde tech because it cleans nice and never had issues when I ride gears. But I am really interested to see how silicone works. I don't do much maintenance except for chain and brakes.
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    Someone in another thread posted the "science" of lubricants and how they are intended to "bond" to the chain, or at least "stick" to it for a while. Fairly interesting read, although dumonde tech is a polymer based lube and not really in the category of "dry wax" or "wet lube", it's "in between".

    Question, when and how are you applying the prolink? Before the ride? How long before?
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    Question, when and how are you applying the prolink? Before the ride? How long before?
    Right before each ride, first cleaning the chain, liberally apply and remove excess.



    If nothing else the silicone is very good for cleaning the chain.

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    I've been using the Blaster lube solely since my original post and I have to say it's better than Prolink and Triflow no contest even and those were my favorites out of many other brands I've tried over 30 some years. It keeps the chain lubed longer, doesn't draw contaminates even cleans the chain and the chain lasts longer IMO. I ride almost daily ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    With Prolink I get slower shifting and not sure it is lasting the entire ride sometimes, Triflow faster shifting but draws contaminants so I've been experimenting with a silicone spray lube the last couple of days. seems to lubricate good and stays cleaner than the Prolink.

    Anybody else tried using silicone and what's the down side?


    This is the one I tried.
    Blaster 11 oz. Dry Lube Silicone Lubricant-16-SL at The Home Depot
    Dupont Teflon Multi-Use Lubricant Squeeze Bottle (AKA as Dupont Chain Saver) I have found works the best here in the dry dirty AZ desert. Does not last long (maybe 30 miles) but works great and keeps everything clean.

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    I use White Lightning Clean Ride on my mountain bikes. It's wax based. Advantage is it doesn't attract dirt, your chain stays cleaner. Disadvantage is that it doesn't last as long. I wipe and reapply between each ride. But I have ridden it for 70 miles in one single ride so it lasts at least that long. I much prefer Dumond Tech Lite and thats what I use on my road bike. Really good stuff but it attracts a little too much dirt and grit in mtb mode. I'm a clean chain freak so I am curious about your findings re: silicone. Let us know how you like it.

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    Edit: oops just noticed date on thread, guess we'll never know about that silicone
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    I piss on my chain... Never run out of lube with an Oil Can in the pack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bituman View Post

    Edit: oops just noticed date on thread, guess we'll never know about that silicone
    I updated ... post #6

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    Post ride put on some lube in a stick ^^

    Every 3-4 rides I use WD-40...

    Once a month I chuck on some left over car oil 0_o

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    Anybody else tried using silicone and what's the down side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Post ride put on some lube in a stick ^^

    Every 3-4 rides I use WD-40...

    Once a month I chuck on some left over car oil 0_o

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    Sounds like a good regiment except every six months I would recommend packing the chain with axle grease then seal in all that goodness with a coat of very fine dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    With Prolink I get slower shifting and not sure it is lasting the entire ride sometimes, Triflow faster shifting but draws contaminants so I've been experimenting with a silicone spray lube the last couple of days. seems to lubricate good and stays cleaner than the Prolink.

    Anybody else tried using silicone and what's the down side?


    This is the one I tried.
    Blaster 11 oz. Dry Lube Silicone Lubricant-16-SL at The Home Depot
    I use that exact product on my Speedplay Frog pedals and cleats after each ride, so they're ready for the next ride. I also spray some on a shop towel and wipe down my stanchions with it too - works great to get the dust off and keep it slippery. Good stuff. I tend to use BeoShield T-9 for general purpose lube for cables etc.
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    you lube your cleats? Maybe thats why mine sound like duck farts when I am crushing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    you lube your cleats? Maybe thats why mine sound like duck farts when I am crushing it.
    Speedplay Frog cleats are very different from SPD's, they have a big platform area that gets a lot of twisting movement with the fixed part on the pedal. I find the cleats last 3 to 4 times longer by putting lube on them, worth the couple seconds it takes to spray them down with Blaster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    I updated ... post #6
    Ok thanks, maybe I'll give it a try.

    Now that i read your post a little closer, I have same comment as RH. I also spray that stuff on my cleats and SPD's. Bought at Home Depot. Go figure.

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    Re: Using silicone for chain lube ???

    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    Sounds like a good regiment except every six months I would recommend packing the chain with axle grease then seal in all that goodness with a coat of very fine dirt.
    Proof is in the pud ^^

    Smooth as silk 13 months on

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Proof is in the pud ^^

    Smooth as silk 13 months on

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    My bad ...thought you were joshing me.

    The used motor oil threw me off.

    Why used btw?

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    Using silicone for chain lube ???

    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    My bad ...thought you were joshing me.

    The used motor oil threw me off.

    Why used btw?
    Lol...

    Left over...

    It's like you've had a meal and there's some 'left over' that you'll eat tomorrow, or the next day ;-p

    Never mentioned used

    PS - next time I'll say 'unused'

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    Ok got it ...

    Thought maybe you were using used in an effort to go green or something. I'm like it would take forever to use up just one oil change that way. lol

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