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    anyone use wd-40 bicycle chain lube?

    Hi all, just wondering if any one had thoughts or experiences usimg wd-40 chain lube. Ive been seeing it on the shelves at my local shops but have always gone with other brands like white lighting. The reason i ask is that i do some mechanical engineering work and i use a lot of different lubes including lithium grease. I recently got a can of the wd -40 stuff and its the best lithium grease ive ever used. Any info would be aweome, thanks.

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    I have found their wet/dry lube to be comparable to the finish line wet/dry:green/red lube.

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    I got a free bottle to test out earlier this year. I do not suggest buying it. It is the dirtiest chain lubricant I have ever seen. It collects a ton of dirt and turns black and gritty very quickly. I've always used Rock 'n' Roll and absolutely love it. RnR is self cleaning, stays clean and keeps my chain quiet. The WD-40 does the exact opposite. The only other complaint I have is the odor of the WD-40 lube. It may not bother some, but after coming home with the bottle and cleaning/lubing every chain in my garage with it, the garage stunk of it. Like I said, it may not bother some, but if you store your bikes inside the house you will definitely smell it, even with just one bike/application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    I got a free bottle to test out earlier this year. I do not suggest buying it. It is the dirtiest chain lubricant I have ever seen. It collects a ton of dirt and turns black and gritty very quickly. I've always used Rock 'n' Roll and absolutely love it. RnR is self cleaning, stays clean and keeps my chain quiet. The WD-40 does the exact opposite. The only other complaint I have is the odor of the WD-40 lube. It may not bother some, but after coming home with the bottle and cleaning/lubing every chain in my garage with it, the garage stunk of it. Like I said, it may not bother some, but if you store your bikes inside the house you will definitely smell it, even with just one bike/application.
    +1 to everything Sasquatch said.

    Rock and Roll Gold Chainlube is the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    I got a free bottle to test out earlier this year. I do not suggest buying it. It is the dirtiest chain lubricant I have ever seen. It collects a ton of dirt and turns black and gritty very quickly. I've always used Rock 'n' Roll and absolutely love it. RnR is self cleaning, stays clean and keeps my chain quiet. The WD-40 does the exact opposite. The only other complaint I have is the odor of the WD-40 lube. It may not bother some, but after coming home with the bottle and cleaning/lubing every chain in my garage with it, the garage stunk of it. Like I said, it may not bother some, but if you store your bikes inside the house you will definitely smell it, even with just one bike/application.
    How clean were the chains before you lubed them with the WD-40? I've been a dumonde fan for years and the one thing I've noticed as that it doesn't play well with other lubes. So if there is something else on the chain in even a small quantity it can get pretty messy like you experienced with the WD40. But if the chain is sano it's the greatest thing out there. I don't remember the last time I did anything more than wipe my mountain bike chain down with a rag. It's not a great lube for really wet conditions though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab View Post
    How clean were the chains before you lubed them with the WD-40? I've been a dumonde fan for years and the one thing I've noticed as that it doesn't play well with other lubes. So if there is something else on the chain in even a small quantity it can get pretty messy like you experienced with the WD40. But if the chain is sano it's the greatest thing out there. I don't remember the last time I did anything more than wipe my mountain bike chain down with a rag. It's not a great lube for really wet conditions though.
    I cleaned the chains beforehand in a solvent tank to prevent this from happening. I also used the WD-40 exclusively for about a month to really test it out. I was not impressed.
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    I use White Lightning Clean Ride...excellent stuff. dries like a wax and actually takes the dirt off with it as it comes off the chain...yes you have to lube more often but the chain remains very clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab View Post
    How clean were the chains before you lubed them with the WD-40? I've been a dumonde fan for years and the one thing I've noticed as that it doesn't play well with other lubes. So if there is something else on the chain in even a small quantity it can get pretty messy like you experienced with the WD40. But if the chain is sano it's the greatest thing out there. I don't remember the last time I did anything more than wipe my mountain bike chain down with a rag. It's not a great lube for really wet conditions though.
    +1. Use Dumonde and nothing else if you can. It does a great job binding to the surface of the metal, but it gets messed up in the presence of other solvents.

    How do you prep your chain? I usually give mine a soak in paint thinner (or isopropyl alcohol.) leaving the factory grease in the links has yielded some mediocre results so I try to get the chain as clean as possible before applying the Dumonde.

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    I used WD40 on a bike chain that wouldn't bend. It worked great busting up the rust and bringing an old abandoned bike back from the dead. That's the only time I'd use it on a bike though. Too sticky/grit collecting for anything else.

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    another thread for reference:
    WD-40 offically entering chain lube market
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    I used WD40 on a bike chain that wouldn't bend. It worked great busting up the rust and bringing an old abandoned bike back from the dead. That's the only time I'd use it on a bike though. Too sticky/grit collecting for anything else.
    OP is talking about the WD40 brand of bike-specific chain lube. Different than regular WD-40.

    And for future reference, Evapo-rust is magic.

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    I've been using the WD-40 Dry and it works a lot better than Prolink Gold. A lot better. My chain is pretty dirty too though

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    I am a huge fan of the WD-40 family of bike products. I reviewed the lubes and cleaners, which you can read here.
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    I've been using the WD-40 dry lube for the past 4 months and I like it quite a bit. I was surprised by the performance because I generally don't like dry lubes. The trick is to not use too much. If you go overboard on the application it gets oily and messy. As far as durability goes, I get 2-3 rides worth of lubrication out of each application. It does attract a little dirt but the dirt comes off so easily that I don't mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    The only other complaint I have is the odor of the WD-40 lube. It may not bother some, but after coming home with the bottle and cleaning/lubing every chain in my garage with it, the garage stunk of it. Like I said, it may not bother some, but if you store your bikes inside the house you will definitely smell it, even with just one bike/application.
    A guy at our shop started using it a while back. One day I walked by him and thought, "Mike sure went heavy on the cologne this morning!". A little while later I realized it was the WD-40 chain lube. The stuff has a very unique odor, and I have to believe that the company added this scent intentionally. Well, I got a free bottle myself and used it on one of my bikes. I had the bike in our hallway and the odor was very strong, again, like a men's cologne. Then the next day it seemed the odor had changed. Not quite as pleasant, almost like urine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marathon marke View Post
    A guy at our shop started using it a while back. One day I walked by him and thought, "Mike sure went heavy on the cologne this morning!". A little while later I realized it was the WD-40 chain lube. The stuff has a very unique odor, and I have to believe that the company added this scent intentionally. Well, I got a free bottle myself and used it on one of my bikes. I had the bike in our hallway and the odor was very strong, again, like a men's cologne. Then the next day it seemed the odor had changed. Not quite as pleasant, almost like urine.
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