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    Best chain lube for wet conditions?

    This weekend's 24 hour race is going to be wet and muddy, so I'm looking for suggestions on the best chain lube that can stand up to it all. Thanks!

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    Finish line wet is my #1 choice. For a 24H race I'd bring the bottle with me and reapply often
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    Bar and Chain Oil...for real!

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    I like chain-l
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    Chain-L, Finish Line Wet work well.

    Or as 72 suggested, chain saw bar and chain oil.

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    purple extreme

    With chain lube everyone has there own opinion of whats good and works. You need to find the lube that works for you.


    some say (even in the mud)

    squirt lube

    pro review here

    a recent thread on Squirt in the Ibis sub forum here
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    Another vote for Finish Line wet. That is, unless you can find Phil Wood Tenacious Oil. I won't use it unless it's raining, but it's super thick & sticky, and holds up well on those rain rides with multiple stream crossings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerCan
    I like chain-l
    I thought of proposing chain-l but having never tried it I restrained myself. It looks very thick and that's what you'll want, which is why chainsaw oil will be good too.
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    Finish Line wet. I've had the chain completely covered in mud for over 30 miles and it feels like its clean.

    There may be other that work as well or better, but after a winter season I was convinced enough to buy a gallon jar of it. That takes some commitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Bar and Chain Oil...for real!
    He's absolutely right. Loggers operate in far worse conditions than we ride; mud, sawdust, water, etc....and, it works even better the faster the chain goes.

    Home Depot sell a quart(or, 3 years' worth) for only $3.99!
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    in all honesty grease, there is your pro peloton secret of the day. Apply a nice layer of your favorite lube then put a layer of grease over the top of it to seal it in. It should get you through the entire race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    in all honesty grease, there is your pro peloton secret of the day. Apply a nice layer of your favorite lube then put a layer of grease over the top of it to seal it in. It should get you through the entire race.
    ... and attract a load of dirt so you can be sure to replace your parts earlier than expected.
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    Grease is a magnet for all particulate matter and a bad suggestion...straight-up. Bar and chainsaw oil has the perfect viscosity to keep chain links lubricated, under most riding conditions and withstand several dusty, dirty races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil
    ... and attract a load of dirt so you can be sure to replace your parts earlier than expected.
    I've got another secret for you, racing is hard on stuff and sometimes you sacrifice consumable items in the name of speed. If you use the right grease and the right amount it won't attract any more dirt than the bar oil or heavy lubes that others have suggested. When it's on there right you shouldn't be able to tell it's covered in grease.

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    The Grease trick works great on Pro's bikes that get scrubbed clean every race and generally have entire drivetrain replacements often.

    IME-Prolink is a joke for wet and muddy, never in my 19 years of riding have I experienced the level of chain suck as I did on Prolink. Fine for dry riding (certainly better than wax) but a terrible foul weather lube.

    Since I started using Bar and Chain Oil I have not experienced chain suck at all and my chain wear has been significantly reduced. I have tested it in both the nastiest conditions and in the dry and dusty desert and it works as good as ANY bicycle lube on the market. The trick is proper application and in the really muddy days to ride through puddles to wash the mud off (don't worry, the oil stays on the chain).

    Here is a picture from a particularly muddy ride last winter, all I did is wipe down the chain after the ride and was good for several more rides.

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    ^^He is not lying guys. Since mtnbiker72 suggested bar and chain oil...I have been chainsuck free, while every commercial bike lube wet and dry, have FAILED miserably. Home Depot and Lowe's is your friend...when it comes to chain lube. If loggers use it...so can we!!!^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab
    I've got another secret for you, racing is hard on stuff and sometimes you sacrifice consumable items in the name of speed. If you use the right grease and the right amount it won't attract any more dirt than the bar oil or heavy lubes that others have suggested. When it's on there right you shouldn't be able to tell it's covered in grease.
    There are no reasons for a race to be harder on parts than any other ride at the same intensity level, on the same track, in the same conditions. It's not like there's a magic switch for wear on parts during training.
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    Rock n Roll Extreme. Works in all conditions for me and lasts a good long while.

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    Chain L works great for me, I would definitely recommend it. The bottle lasts super long too.

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    Update...I used Chain-l and it worked great...it stayed on in wet conditions and I'll definitely use it again. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Chain-L. I have to agree! :-)

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    soak the chain in a 50-50 mix of melted paraffin (canning section of grocery) and motor oil. i do mine in a $15 slow cooker from the mart. leave the chain in for 15 minutes or so to let the mixture fully soak in.

    once it cools it's a "dry" lube and basically doesn't attract dust.
    whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadite
    soak the chain in a 50-50 mix of melted paraffin (canning section of grocery) and motor oil. i do mine in a $15 slow cooker from the mart. leave the chain in for 15 minutes or so to let the mixture fully soak in.

    once it cools it's a "dry" lube and basically doesn't attract dust.
    Yeah, but one splash through a water crossing, and the wax completely flakes itself off within 20 crank rotations. Trudge through some mud and you set yourself up for major chainsuck....all over again!
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