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    Chain lube for dry SoCal conditions

    What do you guys use?
    I came across these 2 which I've never tried.

    - Rock N Roll Extreme Lube
    Rock n Roll Extreme Chain Lube Reviews

    - Chain-L Lube Lube
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    I hear good things about Rock-n-roll. I've used many, they were all good.

    IMO, use whatever has been working for you. The truth is, you may have to relube after every ride. Learn to look and listen for the signs of a drying out chain and relube as needed.

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    I used a bottle of the rock n roll stuff. Didn't notice it was any better than anything else except that it costs more. I use the finish line teflon dry lube now and I love it. I've noticed that the dirt and dust doesnt stick to it like other lube and it lasts about 40 miles. I still scrub the chain and relube it after every ride and I don't wipe the excess off so it can soak in to the chain over night.

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    I've used Rock n Roll ( a different version), it was good. But not so good I kept using it. I used Prolink for many years and liked it, too. I think it was pretty similar to Rock n Roll but cheaper and more readily available. But recently I discovered Squirt. I read lots of great reviews about it here on mtbr. I was a bit skeptical, but gave it a try. It is great! Doesn't attract any dirt - my chain is cleaner than ever. It lasts for several rides, longer than the other lubes I've used. I highly, highly recommend it.

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    I've tried quite a few different ones and the Rock and Roll extreme works the best. Although it seems like I go through a bottle a lot quicker than other lubes. I think that is due to it being such a fine liquid. It goes on like water, and the directions tell you to pour it on and wipe it off. So after you wipe it off it seems like you don't have enough on so I sometimes feel like I need to repeat the procedure. But it does work the best that I have found for our dry conditions. What's great is that it doesn't gunk up like most other ones.
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    I agree about the Finish Line dry lube. I tried it a few years back but I don't know where I got it. Do you know where to get it around San Diego?
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    In San Diego, I use Finish Line Ceramic Wax Lube. I find it works better than the standard Finish Line Wax Lube

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    I agree about the Finish Line dry lube. I tried it a few years back but I don't know where I got it. Do you know where to get it around San Diego?
    I have purchase it at Black Mountain Bicycles, but usually just pick it up on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S:Drive View Post
    I have purchase it at Black Mountain Bicycles, but usually just pick it up on Amazon.
    Great thanks! I can't believe I never saw it at Black Mountain bikes. Cool because from what I remember it was better than Rock and Roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Great thanks! I can't believe I never saw it at Black Mountain bikes. Cool because from what I remember it was better than Rock and Roll.
    Also REI

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    DIY lube?

    Anyone tired making lube themselves?

    I use Rock n Roll Gold at the moment, but have just bought some 'wax and grease remover' (similar to shellite) which is a petroleum distillate (like listed on the label of RnR) and plan on disolving some parrafin and beeswax into it.
    Apparently using straight parrafin ends up with the wax just flaking off once the solvent has evaporated.

    Anyone tried a successful formula? I ride on dry dusty trails and hate the chain clogging up quickly.

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    Used many, but I find ProLink gold to be the best, in terms of ease, lack of attracted dirt, resistance to wash-off in splashy stream crossings and how well I think it works. Rock-n-Roll is good stuff, so is Dumonde Tech and T-9, etc...but ProLink just plain works really well in SoCal for dusty conditons and the occasional water crossing.

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    I use the rock n roll gold, along with the shop i work at using it on every bike that comes through e door for sevice, and everyone else that works at the shop. It gets used for both road ad mountain for everyday use. If its wet out we may end up using the extreme, otherwise gold all the way.

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    I've tried several over my 20+ yrs riding and my fav is Pedros Ice Wax.

    Ive been curious to try that Chain-L, but I cant find a reason other than curiousity.
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    Chain-L works well. It's a sticky lube though, but lasts. I'm back using 4 bucks a quart chainsaw lube from Home Depot. Been using it on a 10 speed chain for around 6 mo.Lube every 50 mi./ I always run a rag over the chain after every ride. No issues.

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    I've been using Finish Line (Wet conditions) for the last year and really like it. I usually lube before every ride, but if I don't--it's fine.

    I usually get it at Performance.
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    I've been using this stuff for a while and really like it: Dumonde Tech Lite.

    And a 2nd review: 2nd Review.

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    check out GNAR Lube...

    Gnar Lube | IF IT SQUEEKS LUBE IT, IF IT ROLLS RIDE IT! - gnarlube.com

    and check their media section for the proper way to apply - you won't be disappointed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMoney View Post
    check out GNAR Lube...

    Gnar Lube | IF IT SQUEEKS LUBE IT, IF IT ROLLS RIDE IT! - gnarlube.com

    and check their media section for the proper way to apply - you won't be disappointed...
    Never heard of that one. But after checking out thier site it looks more like a hyped up name. Looks like there is more interest in putting their logo on a clothing line than spending money on product testing. Come up with a lube and market it as flashy as possible and it will sell to the "in" crowd. No thanks! I will stick to tested and proven products.
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    ProLink gold

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    ProLink Gold here, good stuff.

    Best, John

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    I've used A.T.B. Red (Absolutely The Best) for the past year at the rec of a trusted wrench. It works fairly well, though I do need to reapply every other ride . . . however, it does seem to attract a fair bit of dirt. I'm going to try something else when this bottle runs out. I have a free sample of Chain-L and a new chain that needs to get put on the bike.

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    A buddy turned me onto White Lightning. Stuff works great and keeps the chain pretty clean. $8 at my LBS.

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    I prefer to use rock n roll extreme or prolink gold. I'll just buy whichever one I can find cheaper, which has been prolink lately.

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    What do you guys think of Pedro's Ice Wax? I think the old formula (I think they've changed it from like 4-5 years ago) was better. This stuff seems to burn off in only one ride (like 6-10 miles).

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