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    What Lube to Use on My Mountain Bike?

    Hey guys, it's come time for my first cleaning and I'm wondering which lubrication to use on the chain, gears, etc. I have some Liquid Wrench Lithium Grease, but I'm not sure if it is as "bike friendly" as the lubes made especially for this kind of thing. Please post your recommendations.


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    Been using Dumonde Tech for over 5 years with fantastic results. No need to lube gears...only the chain. Also works well for cables and derailluer pivots.

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    Lube it often (is the first and most important thing)

    Then get some bike specific lubes, they really are a bit different and work better.

    There are wet,dry, lithium, teflon, waxes, etc.

    Pick one that seems to represent (extra dry, wet) your conditions, when it is gone, try something that you think will help out with your challenges that you just learnt.

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    but is this liquid wrench stuff ok to use for now?

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    I would keep it off the chain and fork, shock stanchions.
    I think it is a spray thing, so be careful on the seals, rubber stuff.

    For the chain it will gum up pretty quick, i'd try motor oil before I went to a lithium grease.

    So I wouldn't, but then I am 20 mins. to the LBS open on Sunday.

    Actually I have some of that and use it on the garage door, car door hinges, exposed sliding, rotating parts.

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    Lithium grease doesn't really have an application for bicycle maintenance. It's too thick for chains but too thin for bearings, and it washes off/out way too easily. A reasonable trio of lubes would be Finish Line Dry Teflon for dry chain application and suspension stanchion/shock piston; Finish Line Wet for rainy chain application; and Pedro's Syn Grease for bearings/threads/joins (seatpin/frame). There are variations, of course, but these are the applications you need to consider the most often. I use Purple Extreme on my chain as it works well in wet and dry conditions (very important in the UK!), but keep the Finish Line Dry for suspension lube. Pedro's Syn, Rock n' Roll and also Phil Wood greases generally come highly recomended.
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