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    what's yer fav chain lube?

    I've been using Finish Line Cross Country Wet, but it seems to attract dust like nobody's bizness (duh!). I'm in mixed conditions.

    I've tried Tri-Flow and liked it pretty well, but was wondering if it lasts.

    Thoughts?

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    Try using the dry conditions oil, from finish line, it`s made with teflon, but for me it lasts just one ride.I`m using Phill Wood tenacius oil, mixed with some WD40 for dry conditions and it works well. I haven`t used try flow.


    Hope that helps.

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    Boeshield T-9 end of discussion

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

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    Boeshield T-9 end of discussion
    Pro Gold. Great stuff!
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    Tri-Flow

    Tri-Flow is very good. I've tried other (personally think finish line products suck), notably the Rock n Roll Gold ($9/bottle), but came back to Tri-Flow. Tri-flow does tend to dry up towards the end of a 2 hour race and can be totally gone if there are any stream crossings. If I see Boeshield in a store I will try it.

    Application is important - start with a clean chain (scrubbed with degreaser - acetone, paint thinner, etc. and rinsed with water), apply lube generously, spin for a few minutes, remove excess.



    Quote Originally Posted by capt pearl
    I've been using Finish Line Cross Country Wet, but it seems to attract dust like nobody's bizness (duh!). I'm in mixed conditions.

    I've tried Tri-Flow and liked it pretty well, but was wondering if it lasts.

    Thoughts?

    -capt p
    Last edited by Motivated; 06-24-2005 at 07:20 AM. Reason: error - replace Pro Gold with Rock n Roll Gold
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    Pedros Ice Wax or White Lightning for the MTB and Rock n Roll Lube on the road.
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    Boeshield T-9 here also.

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    I have perhaps tried most of them....Boeshield was ok but without a doubt, in my opinion, the winner is Dumonde

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    Boeshield was ok but without a doubt, in my opinion, the winner is Dumonde
    Dumonde "lite" Tech is good stuff however collects dirt easily the same goes for Purple Extreme both totally RoXoR for road bikes but i've found that they are dirt magnets i'll stick to my Boesshield T-9 for off road use.

    when i had/owned a SS bike i used to run maxima chain wax it's like the stuff that come on shimano chains when brand new. i won't suggest it for a any other bike use than a track or SS bike tho'

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoE CooL
    Dumonde "lite" Tech is good stuff however collects dirt easily the same goes for Purple Extreme both totally RoXoR for road bikes but i've found that they are dirt magnets i'll stick to my Boesshield T-9 for off road use.

    when i had/owned a SS bike i used to run maxima chain wax it's like the stuff that come on shimano chains when brand new. i won't suggest it for a any other bike use than a track or SS bike tho'
    that is interesting....i always wondered what that stuff was when the chain was new

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    White Lightning and I put Race Day on top of it if there will be water crossings. Keeps my chain quiet and doesnt collect a lot of dust.
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    I use Pro Link. It's really great for the sandy conditions here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    that is interesting....i always wondered what that stuff was when the chain was new
    Cosmoline is what the chain is lubricated with when it comes out of the box.

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    I use dumonde tech, because that's the only thing I have on hand right now. It does collect dirt, and interestingly enough, I lubed it freshly yesterday only to break the chain one mile into the ride. That left it lying in the dirt, and whoa boy did that sucker pick up some grime with all that fresh dumonde slathered all over it. I'm still cleaning black stuff out of my fingernails.

    My gf's around town bike was in serious need of lube a while back, and I just used some light machine oil out of an old trigger spray oil can (think Tin Man from Wizard of Oz) I found in my basement. Haven't touched it in probably two months and it's still whisper quiet, way quieter than my mtb drivetrain is even when freshly cleaned and lubed with fancy mtb stuff. In time I just might try it on my bike and see how it does.

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    this shop near my house sells some stuff that is supposed to be awesome...i'll get back with the name of it. The shop specializes in pro build road bikes and the owner has like 30 years experience building bikes. He swears by this stuff. Supposidly the molecules of the lube are way smaller than the metal molecules in the chain, so this stuff actually works its way into the chain. He says he only lubes his chain every 500 miles. He showed me his bike and said it had been about 100 miles since he used it and it was just butter.

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    tri-flow regular or dry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Motivated
    Tri-Flow is very good. I've tried other (personally think finish line products suck), notably the Pro Gold ($9/bottle), but came back to Tri-Flow. Tri-flow does tend to dry up towards the end of a 2 hour race and can be totally gone if there are any stream crossings. If I see Boeshield in a store I will try it.

    Application is important - start with a clean chain (scrubbed with degreaser - acetone, paint thinner, etc. and rinsed with water), apply lube generously, spin for a few minutes, remove excess.

    You're out West, right? Mostly dry? There are some stream crossings here in mid-TN (depending on trail [duh] and season). Otherwise, I've used tri and liked it. I'm just worried that it'll "wash off" and leave me high and dry.


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    I'd say

    Tri-Flow tends to dry up in dusty conditions more so than it gets washed off in stream crossings. However, in San Diego, we have very few stream crossings, so what do I know.

    I use the regular Tri-Flow, did not know there was more than one kind.

    Sounds like you should get a bottle of Tri-Flow and Boeshield T-9, use both a choose what works best for you. I really think most of the lube at bike shops (i.e. the big name brands like Finish Line, Motorex, etc.) are crap.


    Quote Originally Posted by capt pearl
    You're out West, right? Mostly dry? There are some stream crossings here in mid-TN (depending on trail [duh] and season). Otherwise, I've used tri and liked it. I'm just worried that it'll "wash off" and leave me high and dry.


    gratzi,

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    Rock & Roll.

    Works really well for me.


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