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  • Doomanic

    Member
    14 January 2018 at 3:59 pm

    What chain lube do you use in the claggy winter conditions and what cleaning regimen do you follow?

  • Gunner

    Member
    14 January 2018 at 7:01 pm
  • CarnaptiousBStard

    Member
    16 January 2018 at 9:39 pm

    WD40 and a hard bristle brush and then good ol’ 3 in 1.

  • Magnus

    Member
    18 January 2018 at 8:51 am

    This will horrify most on here, but it works for me. I get good chain life and very few problems. I work in the motor trade so have access to some very aggressive cleaning products but equally amazing drying and lubing products

    1 i dont clean it to often as it is a commuter. So when it gets real bad, this time of year perhaps 2 week intervals if I can be bothered or have the time.

    2 I chuck a load of wheel clean acid at it, give it 20 seconds or so then blast it with the Jet Wash (not steam, I am not that mad)

    3 chuck a load of aqua-wax at it, drip dry, quick blast with the airline then park up in my office to dry properly by the radiator

    4 ptfe super lube or fully synth 0-30 engine oil. Always periodically during the week a quick wipe and Fully synth engine oil ( I know the pros and cons of using engine oil but fully synth 0-30 is fine for me, not sticky, super penetrating, extremely hydrophobic and it is free 😀 )

    Chains to me are a consumable anyway and when they are working they are virtually friction free, once on the cog or chain wheel they are stationary in relation to the gear they are driving. I just need to keep them supple and shifting properly, i change gear alot on my commute.

  • CarnaptiousBStard

    Member
    18 January 2018 at 6:12 pm

    This will horrify most on here, but it works for me. I get good chain life and very few problems. I work in the motor trade so have access to some very aggressive cleaning products but equally amazing drying and lubing products

    1 i dont clean it to often as it is a commuter. So when it gets real bad, this time of year perhaps 2 week intervals if I can be bothered or have the time.

    2 I chuck a load of wheel clean acid at it, give it 20 seconds or so then blast it with the Jet Wash (not steam, I am not that mad)

    3 chuck a load of aqua-wax at it, drip dry, quick blast with the airline then park up in my office to dry properly by the radiator

    4 ptfe super lube or fully synth 0-30 engine oil. Always periodically during the week a quick wipe and Fully synth engine oil ( I know the pros and cons of using engine oil but fully synth 0-30 is fine for me, not sticky, super penetrating, extremely hydrophobic and it is free 😀 )

    Chains to me are a consumable anyway and when they are working they are virtually friction free, once on the cog or chain wheel they are stationary in relation to the gear they are driving. I just need to keep them supple and shifting properly, i change gear alot on my commute.

    Doesn’t horrify me Magnus.

    People spend waaaay too much buying so called “specific ” lubricant.

    And yet the guys who sell it to you don’t use them .

    At least in my LBS and the one previously in my old town.

  • Magnus

    Member
    19 January 2018 at 9:28 am

    This will horrify most on here, but it works for me. I get good chain life and very few problems. I work in the motor trade so have access to some very aggressive cleaning products but equally amazing drying and lubing products

    1 i dont clean it to often as it is a commuter. So when it gets real bad, this time of year perhaps 2 week intervals if I can be bothered or have the time.

    2 I chuck a load of wheel clean acid at it, give it 20 seconds or so then blast it with the Jet Wash (not steam, I am not that mad)

    3 chuck a load of aqua-wax at it, drip dry, quick blast with the airline then park up in my office to dry properly by the radiator

    4 ptfe super lube or fully synth 0-30 engine oil. Always periodically during the week a quick wipe and Fully synth engine oil ( I know the pros and cons of using engine oil but fully synth 0-30 is fine for me, not sticky, super penetrating, extremely hydrophobic and it is free 😀 )

    Chains to me are a consumable anyway and when they are working they are virtually friction free, once on the cog or chain wheel they are stationary in relation to the gear they are driving. I just need to keep them supple and shifting properly, i change gear alot on my commute.

    Doesn’t horrify me Magnus.

    People spend waaaay too much buying so called “specific ” lubricant.

    And yet the guys who sell it to you don’t use them .

    At least in my LBS and the one previously in my old town.

    Well that wasn’t at all… Carnaptious 😯 😆

  • Robmet

    Member
    30 January 2018 at 11:10 am

    Clean with Astonish grease buster (the stuff out of the kitchen section in boyes etc… normally £1), this is by far the best degreaser i’ve ever used and that includes much more expensive ones.

    Then on the good bike I lube with 3in1 spray with PTFE.

    On the commuter I use Action can CD-90 which is v.heavy duty, this goes on about twice a year and gets ridden in all weather.

  • CarnaptiousBStard

    Member
    1 February 2018 at 7:55 am

    Clean with Astonish grease buster (the stuff out of the kitchen section in boyes etc… normally £1), this is by far the best degreaser i’ve ever used and that includes much more expensive ones.

    Then on the good bike I lube with 3in1 spray with PTFE.

    On the commuter I use Action can CD-90 which is v.heavy duty, this goes on about twice a year and gets ridden in all weather.

    Nice one mate,sounds like just the trick.

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