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  • Roadie chain lube, the final word.

     rez updated 3 years, 11 months ago 9 Members · 20 Posts
  • rez

    Member
    5 July 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Looking to change my choice of summer chain lube and wondered what everyone swears by??

  • k3vinjam3s

    Member
    5 July 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Gt85 all year round. Keep chain clean with degreaser once a week then apply gt85 after and between rides. I quick spray before rides where there’s a chance of rain. Then no black chain and cassette.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    5 July 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I’m currently trying Castrol motorbike chain lube. Dries into a hard coat quite quickly, chain is quiet and stays clean. Good stuff.

    Other good ones I’ve tried:-

    Purple Extreme synthetic – nice and light but needs applying every 5-6 rides. Chain stays clean but you do get chainstay splash.

    Fenwick’s Stealth lube – like copper grease, lasts ages but does pick up a bit of dirt

    Motorex motorbike synthetic off-road wet lube – closest I’ve ever found to original lube on brand new chains. Dries to a gel, chain is very quiet and stays clean a good while. Good stuff.

    TBH, thinking outside the box with motorbike chain lubes has yielded good results with no issues about gear changing, my one doubt.

    Gone are the days of Finish Line, White Lightning and similar stuff.

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    6 July 2016 at 7:37 am

    Red diesel

    A wipe over, every week or so

    More, if it’s wet-weather, it’s cheap enough to lubricate before/clean after every ride

    Just don’t use it on bikes kept in the house……………………………

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    6 July 2016 at 8:16 am

    Red diesel is a great cleaner and as it has lube properties, it’s a good cheap option – but it does stink. How is it for repelling dust?

    I’m currently trying the following and am hopeful.

    1. Fully clean and dry chain.

    2. Apply Purple Extreme lube to each link.

    3. Coat in the Castrol motorbike chain lube and dry for 10 minutes.

    Seems to be good as I’m now on my 10th ride with this with chain still silvery clean and silent.

    2-stage chain lube = what old retired blokes with too much time on their hands play with when there’s nowt on TV!

  • Robmet

    Member
    6 July 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Iv tried loads but my fav is the 3in1 ‘professional’ spray with PTFE, it dries on nice and clean and seems to be smoother than others.

    http://www.3-in-one.co.uk/products/high-performance-lubricant-with-ptfe/

    For wet weather/mountain bikes I use CD-90, it goes on really thin and penetrates well then it thickens to offer a really durable lubricant. It can get messy but I doubt anything is as long lasting.

    http://www.actioncan.com/product/cd-90/

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    7 July 2016 at 7:59 am

    Red diesel is a great cleaner and as it has lube properties, it’s a good cheap option – but it does stink. How is it for repelling dust?

    I’ve not had a problem with it, it doesn’t get sticky like some lubricants

  • Attila

    Member
    7 July 2016 at 9:49 am

    I use muc off dry lube in the dry and wet lube if its wet…

    A bottle is cheap and lasts for ages, it needs to be applied fairly regularly and it does attract a bit of dirt but it’s easy to clean off and keeps things fairly quiet.

    I use it on my mountain bike too

  • Robmet

    Member
    7 July 2016 at 10:56 am

    I use muc off dry lube in the dry and wet lube if its wet…

    I’ve tried the wet lube and found it very poor, in the wet it seemed to give up very easily and left me with a squeaky chain on a long rainy ride. Its just too thin to be durable in the wet and drips and flicks off really easy making it messy.

    Different experiences I guess.

  • rez

    Member
    7 July 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Cracking responses cheers chaps. Sort of hoped you’d all pipe up about the same lube but never mind!! 😆

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    9 July 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I use muc off dry lube in the dry and wet lube if its wet…

    A bottle is cheap and lasts for ages, it needs to be applied fairly regularly and it does attract a bit of dirt but it’s easy to clean off and keeps things fairly quiet.

    I use it on my mountain bike too

    In comparison, I think the red diesel is about 48p/litre at my nearest supplier

  • Attila

    Member
    9 July 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I use muc off dry lube in the dry and wet lube if its wet…

    A bottle is cheap and lasts for ages, it needs to be applied fairly regularly and it does attract a bit of dirt but it’s easy to clean off and keeps things fairly quiet.

    I use it on my mountain bike too

    In comparison, I think the red diesel is about 48p/litre at my nearest supplier

    And it stinks…

    I work in construction in the highways industry, red diesel spillages account for the vast majority of ecological incidents that we have to deal with. I hate the stuff but it does work, just go very sparingly with it…

    I’d rather use something that is engineered to be biodegradable myself, I’m happy to pay for that

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    10 July 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I use muc off dry lube in the dry and wet lube if its wet…

    A bottle is cheap and lasts for ages, it needs to be applied fairly regularly and it does attract a bit of dirt but it’s easy to clean off and keeps things fairly quiet.

    I use it on my mountain bike too

    In comparison, I think the red diesel is about 48p/litre at my nearest supplier

    And it stinks…

    I work in construction in the highways industry, red diesel spillages account for the vast majority of ecological incidents that we have to deal with. I hate the stuff but it does work, just go very sparingly with it…

    I am careful, it generally needs no more than a wipe over with a (diesel) dampened cloth

  • Robmet

    Member
    11 July 2016 at 10:18 am

    I use muc off dry lube in the dry and wet lube if its wet…

    A bottle is cheap and lasts for ages, it needs to be applied fairly regularly and it does attract a bit of dirt but it’s easy to clean off and keeps things fairly quiet.

    I use it on my mountain bike too

    In comparison, I think the red diesel is about 48p/litre at my nearest supplier

    And it stinks…

    I work in construction in the highways industry, red diesel spillages account for the vast majority of ecological incidents that we have to deal with. I hate the stuff but it does work, just go very sparingly with it…

    I am careful, it generally needs no more than a wipe over with a (diesel) dampened cloth

    Is that technically using red diesel on public roads without paying duty?

    Naughty naughty…

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    11 July 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Is that technically using red diesel on public roads without paying duty?

    Naughty naughty…

    I think it only applies, when used as a fuel

    Although, I still had to give my name/address in a book/sales register, when I bought it (even for only about 4 litres)

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