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Thread: Chain Lube

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    Chain Lube

    Simple question, can I use motorcycle chain lube on a bicycle chain?

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    Certainly



    BUT there's no way in the world I would. It is too sticky and becomes a massive dirt magnet. Bike chain lube (wether wet or dry is nowhere near as thick or sticky).
    Not that all teenagers are evil mind, just most of them.

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    I use Maxima chain wax....works great. I get it at the local moto shop, $8 for a huge 20oz can..sure beats being the $5 for 4oz bottle at the LBS....

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    +1 for Maxima. Works great in SoCal conditions.
    The suspension of your bike sucks if it's different than mine. Really. It sucks. Big time.

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    Check out Pro Link, I love this stuff. It's not thick, doesn't build up, and dirt doesn't seem to stick to it.

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    Pro Link is good stuff! Really easy to apply and keeps things clean.

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    Kano Labs "molyfilm dry lube". Cheap, lasts a long time, works great, doesn't attract much dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinkoman
    Simple question, can I use motorcycle chain lube on a bicycle chain?
    Sure ya can but I wouldn't suggest using it in its original state. Do a search here for Homebrew and you'll find how to use it.
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