I'm out of chain oil and, being a terminal cheapskate, I'm thinking about alternatives to paying the best part of a tenner for 100ml of lube. Oh, and I think the cost is like $5 half-litre meaning you can dip the chain all the time. It will also grind away at the cassette, requiring both to be replaced sooner. Cooking oil is not designed to lubricate metal, and isn't going to do a very good job at keeping your bike lubricated. I guess it’s about having enough wax to stick on tho the chain and enough oil/lube/grease to lube it? Chain lube buyer’s guide: what’s the best chain lube for your bike? +4 for chainsaw oil, use sparingly though it does gloop up the chain a bit. Choose your lube. Next time I added some tungsten disulphide powder to the wax, only a little turned it grey… not used this chain yet but the first pure wax only one is silent and smooth and works well. It’s very early days, but so far, it is easier and cleaner and lasts longer than than the C3 wet lube that I used previously. plus i put a bit of gear oil to aid rust protection and some graphite powder for friction reduction. Lubes oh god been through them all, purple,progold,squirt,fenwicks,finish line you name it. I also did some wax research and now use a combination of paraffin wax (about 60%) beeswax – this is stickier to add adhesion, and carnauba wax – harder to improve longevity and wear. Or Is It Miles? I wish I had something useful to add but can only encourage more home brew methods. This topic has 46 replies, 22 voices, and was last updated. We should all lube our chains more than we do. Temperature’s basically a really good way to do it, it’s not that much of a faff. As long as you pull the chain through a fluffy towel or microfibre cloth to remove surface grime and re-lube it every couple of rides I don’t think it will last any less time than with full cleaning. well impressed cannot see me going back to oily stuff. The products mentioned in this article are selected or reviewed independently by our journalists. No. Chainsaw oil here, soak the chain and if it is dry i wipe the excess off and if it is wet dont wipe so much off, bought a gallon from the local farm shop a couple of years ago and probably still have half left even after filling my chainsaw up six or seven times. Lubricating a Bicycle Chain Using Paraffin: If you are properly set up, you can use paraffin wax to lubricate your bike chain. Newsletter Settings, Viewing 40 posts - 1 through 40 (of 47 total), Premier Partners for Singletrack issues & exclusive subscriber perks, Metcheck MTB Weather Forecasts At A Glance, Singletrack Cycle Of Good Inner Tube Belt, Vali Höll Joins New RockShox Trek Race Team of Youngsters. I am thinking mixing together (say) Halfords chain wax with – er- some light solvent: white spirit, or diesel oil, or maybe even WD40. To lube a bicycle chain, use wet lube if you live in a rainy or snowy climate, or use dry lube if you live in an arid climate. I recently tried Waxoyle on the chain, thinking the wax deposited inside the links would act as a lubricant but the result was dismal, the chain ran dry very soon. This can be impractical if a chain needs re-lubing, but one needs to go riding immediately. I’ve only done the chain twice – I heated the wax on a camping stove and once it had melted, dropped the chain into it. By Max Shumpert: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding bike chain lubes available for those who are interested in providing the best lubrication for their bike chains. [Reply] 1 0. Privacy I have tried various bicycle chain lubes and would like to find a DIY lube simply for cost effectiveness. The wax is applied by dipping the entire chain into a large tin can of the stuff [maybe 400ml here], agitating a little, and then placing to cool on a cardboard surface. If your chain is pretty clean and only has a little lube left, a standard snap-link should open up easily , The ones that say “Single Use ONLY” on them . Smith agrees with such practice, stating that it’s better to lube over a dirty chain than not lube at all. the lube is grey. Link Removal Seems to me there’s enough material here for a PhD engineering student. A. I even have a bulk bottle of pro-gold there. Durability is the lesser issue as you can and should lube your chain often. If you live with silica dust on the roads, you will be better off with no lube at all. From my experience the PC1 stretch really fast; leading to wearing the chainring/ cog. The moly settles out as the wax cools, but stays in suspension when the wax is molten with the occasional stir (the moly makes the wax a pearlescent silver colour when it’s molten.). One 2L milk bottle and a filter funnel with coffee papers lets you clean the chain and reuse the turps substitute. If a bicycle is ridden just after applying dry lube, the lube will fall off the chain more quickly and attract more dirt – beating the purpose of using a dry lubricant in the first place. Privacy It sounds like you’re leaving all the greasy dirty ‘stuff’ on the chain and just adding more lubricant . But Xylene is nasty stuff, stinks and I needed way more by volume than i expected to keep the lube fluid. I use SRAM 50/50 and circlip QL’s and never thrown one away. My chain certainly wouldn’t come clean without degreasing – but I only clean the bike/chain once every 4-6 rides. this is interesting stuff. The best lubricants will not only suit the chain but the weather. Waaay higher in PTFE than normal grease in a tube. It was still on 3 hours later but was also attracting all the dust too! I have been messing with making some DIY bulk chainwax as I live in a very sandy area and oil turns to grinding paste ASAP. I re-use them too, but if it is weekly chain dunking then that is quite a bit of on-off for one wee split link in a chains 5-6 month life. Previously either I was running my chain very dry or letting the oil build up. . To apply bike chain lube, deposit a drop on the top of each link as you slowly backpedal for a few revolutions, so the lube has a chance to work its way in. In the wet hmm purple extreme or finish line wet both are good. WD40 Bike Lube dry lube is supposed design for derailleur and brake?!? A magnet is suspended in the tin during cooling, and the oil agitated. Step 7: Dry the motorcycle chain. Wax looking to be cleaner and longest lasting ATM. Rub down your chain with soapy water and a rinse to clean off excess degreaser. You should clean it off the chain after every use. One wax type chain lube I bought was in a small plastic bottle and one good application used 1/3 of the bottle. I rode with a guy in Italy last year whos chain was dry by lunchtime so at the restaurant he applied extra virgin olive oil! I had always thought when coating your chain that allowing it to heat up fully would allow it to solidify slowly and drip excessive wax back off. Whilst my wife huffs and puffs and rolls her eyes at the other end of the kitchen. Love this sort of thing. I think it is a decent enough bike lube and for me a better choice than a dry lube or wax. Unfortunately however it’s not quite that simple. But I kept reading about the famous “Mickle Method” on CC and tried it and… it seems to work. The main advantages of the method I use (dipping the chain in hot wax) is that (once you're set up) it's fast, it's easy, and it produces a chain … I notice WD40 BIKE LUBE dry lube made chain into black. Pipedream’s New SRS48 Fork Has Zero Millimetres of Travel. Nukeproof Giga Launched: A Super-Enduro shouldn’t descend AND climb this well! Dry Lube - The ‘dry’ element refers to the actual lubricating substance that works on your chain, usually a waxy kind of deposit. The best 5 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best bike chain lubes currently available on the market. Interesting stuff, how do you know the recipe/performance is optimal? Chain after waxing, two hours gritty riding and two days of rain after that. I've been using a free sample of Purple Extreme on the geared bike, it does work well I must say, with no clogging, but I have been using duck oil for years without any probs. in a xylene suspension. Wax lube works best in very clean environments, as it has a tendency to pick up dirt and, I assume, road salt, making the problem worse. From memory, it’s 5 parts paraffin wax, 1 part beeswax, 1 part EP Gear oil, and two big dollops of molybdenum disulphide paste. I left it a few minutes with an occasional poke/stir until the bubbles stopped, then fished it out, hung it up for 10 mins to let the surplus drip off, then put it back on the bike. Can I use WD-40 to lube a bike chain? Hence it’s so much more effective. Lubricants tend to fall into one of two main categories: wet or dry. At that time I used a boil-in-can chain lube, which made the bike chain quite stiff. I notice Bonthrone are doing Finish Line wet for £45 3.8litres posted which sounds good if I can find a few others to chip in. Solvent washes it down and wax sets inside. I only use it on my Rohloff bike. It was ok. As I have increased the percentage of oil, I have gone from a hard wax that allowed immediate rust to get a hold to the situation in the picture, where there is enough free oil residue to leave a waterproof coating on the chain. No idea if this is the optimum mixture, but I do know that the previous one I used (which had about half the oil and moly paste in) was much more prone to flaking off, and the chain got quite noisy after two weeks’ commuting. Bicycle chain lubricant, chain lube or chain oil is an essential item for your bike maintenance. The chances are that you will end up replacing your bike chain at some point. They’re not designed to lubricate chain links and so will fail in the attempt. This thread’s awesome. 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