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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:46 am 
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I like trying new lubes. At the moment I'm using White Lightning Epic Ride. I plan on using some Finish line Ceramic Wet lube in combination with the White Lightning Epic Ride lube as well as a thin layer of their own sythnetic grease. I heard that some Tour De France mechanic like to do this (Use lube combinations). What do you do for your lube routine? What do you think of this idea?

Read this: http://www.bicyclefixation.com/lubes.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:16 am 
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I use a lot of different greases for bearings, but for the chain I stick to T-9. I usually scrub the chain with degreaser and re-apply every 60-100 miles or every other ride. I also replace the chain like every 1000 miles, so elaborate chain lube process is overkill on time for me.

I do find this topic interesting, and if there is a magic formula that shaves watts I am all ears.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:29 am 
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Yeah. Just walked into my local bike shop to find that they now stock all the Finish Line products. So many lubes and cleaner etc. I quickly bought 2 ceramic wet lubes and a aerosol teflon spray.

I don't think many people use a bit of grease on their chains though. My road bike is being repaired becuase of a crack right now and all I can do it look at chainreaction cyles lubes and greases page... Sigh

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:45 am 
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Wet lubes and grease just attract dirt and forms a grinding paste which wears chai rings and cassettes faster.
Rock n Roll Blue is my favourite, chain runs quieter than with RocknRoll Gold, works well in the wet and easy to keep chains clean


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:03 am 
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I have only really known pro mechanics use grease on chains in very heavy rain/flooded road conditions. If you use a synthetic grease on a chain it can be difficult to remove afterwards, so a 'bio-type' is preferable. But, of course, ordinarily you would not use grease on a chain.

Dry lubes coat and stay cleaner but tend not to lubricate as well. You get better lubrication with wet lubes but you need to clean out the grit frequently. Not a problem if you are a pro and have someone clean your bike after every race.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:19 am 
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Ok so I think I won't use the grease after all. Better to stick to dry teflon/ceramic lubes. I put a lot on and apply before every ride. rinse off and clean after 2 rides is my routine

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:56 am 
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Boeshield T-9 for me too. Tried all the rest, and bike specific lubes just cost too much and there really is not much specific about them. Besides if you buy T-9 you can get it at most Sears stores by the gallon, lasts a lifetime. T-9 every other week or when the chain starts to make a bit of noise.

I have tried all the rest, Paraffin, Tri-Flow, White Lightning, Finish Line, RockNRoll, even did a homebrew solution for a year or so. T-9 was way cheaper (in bulk sizes) and works as well as anything else. Wet lube does have its uses, especially the stickier more viscous kind when riding in wet weather. It will stay on better than most dry type of lubes.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:17 am 
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DryFluid is head and shoulders above everything else I used (Motorex, Finishline, Muc-Off, Pedros...).

It's expensive but absolutely worth it.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:44 pm 
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There are a lot of good lubes for general riding and in different conditions. I will clean in a ultra sonic wash at the shop then for going fast on race day I like Rock n Roll Gold or I have been playing with paraffin wax. Those seem to be the lowest drag.


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For decades I have been trying lubes and eventually became sort of a curmudgeon on the subject. They all have good points and bad points.
But then someone on this forum was recommending the Dumonde original lube, and so I tried it. It really is superior in just about every category I can think of.
http://dumondetech.com/portfolio/bicycl ... l-formula/

I am still not above squirting of my chain with WD-40, but the Dumonde really does a great job. And it smells good!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:33 pm 
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Dumonde Tech (Original). Light, non-sticky and really quiets the chain. Pro Lube Gold is good too.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:47 pm 
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I use the blue rock and roll. So far I really like it. It seems to attract a lot less grime than other lubes I have used.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:47 pm 
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Rick wrote:
For decades I have been trying lubes and eventually became sort of a curmudgeon on the subject. They all have good points and bad points.
But then someone on this forum was recommending the Dumonde original lube, and so I tried it. It really is superior in just about every category I can think of.
http://dumondetech.com/portfolio/bicycl ... l-formula/

I am still not above squirting of my chain with WD-40, but the Dumonde really does a great job. And it smells good!

Dumonde Tech is one I have tried and like, still have a bottle. Still not head and shoulders above anything else and its more expensive than my current lube. With today's formulations its hard to make a bad lube.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:04 pm 
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Ever tried car engine oil? This works great.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:06 pm 
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Collects too much dust. Used a solution of 1 part 40 weight to 4 parts Naphtha (to thin it for application). The Naphtha evaporates quickly leaving only the oil behind. It does make the chain very quiet but like all other wet lubes collects a lot of dust. It is cheap, if that is real important.


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