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I was thinking of trying some DIY lube but was planning on dissolving the wax in a solvent so i didn’t have to mess around with heating up paraffin wax. Even these, you will need to know about. One 2L milk bottle and a filter funnel with coffee papers lets you clean the chain and reuse the turps substitute. I would imagine that a chain that is always coated in clean lube is going to last longer than one coated in posh lube that is 50% grit by weight. Classifieds Rules At that time I used a boil-in-can chain lube, which made the bike chain quite stiff. But did you know, you can get over three times the mileage from your chain (and to an extent your sprockets) if you regularly lube it up. It will also grind away at the cassette, requiring both to be replaced sooner. Just use water – it's an excellent chain lube. but as an add to it 5. Whatever kind of lube you use, make sure it's designed specifically for bike chains, and never use WD-40 since it evaporates quickly and can cause dirt and grime to build up on your chain. I’m a big fan of the bottle clean. Chain dries out, wax melts, chain sucks up molten wax (chain has to get hot else wax stays on outside) then lift chain up with wire hook/pliers etc and run off excess wax, wipe excess off outside of chain with old microfibre cloth, and hang outside to cool. My chain certainly wouldn’t come clean without degreasing – but I only clean the bike/chain once every 4-6 rides. The chances are that you will end up replacing your bike chain at some point. Waaay higher in PTFE than normal grease in a tube. 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. A protected and well lubed chain will not only provide you with a smoother gear shifting but will also last a lot longer. 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. The topic ‘DIY Chainwax Recipe/Results’ is closed to new replies. Pretty interesting, it looks like the softer wax is giving better corrosion protection than putoline. Seems to me there’s enough material here for a PhD engineering student. Contact Us Impossible to know – if there is hard material in there it will be grinding down the steel in the chain. “Imho”. I wish I had something useful to add but can only encourage more home brew methods. Using liquid wax solidifies quickly and is pure lube rather than some percentage of the applied volume. Previously either I was running my chain very dry or letting the oil build up. I got one of those mini fat fryers from aldi and can report it is brilliant for the job. I thought I was the only person using a chip fryer. Choose your lube. Bike Chain Lube . I may have a dig through my vast quantities of oils, grease etc on the garage shelf to see what I can cook up. I also like chainsaw oil, but my next door neighbour gives me that for free…. well impressed cannot see me going back to oily stuff. Cheers for sharing! Bicycle chain lubricant, chain lube or chain oil is an essential item for your bike maintenance. Or Is It Miles? Wax the chain in a hot bath of wax and paraffin and make some lube using those two elements and some Xylene. Some bike shops sell small packets of lube, but those are getting harder to find. But for an all rounder im loving white lightnings clean ride, goes on clean stays clean and has better longevity than squirt, not sure about proper wet weather but atm it holds up better than the squirt. 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. Nukeproof Giga Launched: A Super-Enduro shouldn’t descend AND climb this well! One wax type chain lube I bought was in a small plastic bottle and one good application used 1/3 of the bottle. I suspect based on the smell it’s a high sulphur content, either an additive or just a high sulphur paraffin wax. (FWIW, This cost me nothing to try, but if you were going to buy the ingredients, you might as well just buy the Putoline.). It sounds like you’re leaving all the greasy dirty ‘stuff’ on the chain and just adding more lubricant. #kitchenmaintenance #homebrewlube, A post shared by Michael Thomas (@mr_evilgoat) on Aug 15, 2017 at 1:39pm PDT. 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. This is fun Good to see more results and mixes. The side plates on my chain still have a thin coating of wax from previous application. It needs to be fairly good in the wet for me – I rarely manage to do a ride that doesn't involve several full immersions. A dry lube is applied as a liquid, before drying out to the leave the chain covered in the lubricating e… Are you tracking mileage and wear rate to understand the level of wear protection this mix provides? I did refry the chain on sunday but I dont think it was needed . A dry chain will prematurely wear and knacker your sprockets, too. Just pure wax first time. KMC 610hx last much better for not a lot more (certainly save you money on the chainring). 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. So i ditched it in favour of the hot dip approach. in a xylene suspension. 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. I guess you can use white spirit or paraffin to dissolve almost any kind of grease or oil and then evaporate it off, leaving the lubricant in place. I use 'duck oil' which is a silicone free penertrating oil, used in the motor trade, on a rag and run the chain through that in between, and on my full sus bike. Table of Contents Let’s be honest - lubing your motorcycle’s chain is one of those things you never do as often as you should. 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. 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. Take your time to fully dry the chain and remove all of the chain … I probably should buy a charity shop pan. I think it is a decent enough bike lube and for me a better choice than a dry lube or wax. Its a faff to apply being a solid wax you need to melt – but it manages the miracle of staying on the chain and keeping clean. I do think the standard chain lubes are a gigantic rip off; the raw materials must be so cheap yet they sell for many pounds for a tiny bottle. It horrifies me to hear the grit in the chain when I twist it especially after a wet dirty ride but TBH I think that grit soon gets ground down into a sort of black goo, most of which seems to end up stuck to the jockey wheels. Cooking oil is not designed to lubricate metal, and isn't going to do a very good job at keeping your bike lubricated. It’s obviously protecting the chain from dirt and water 8). One issue I have is the being arsed to take your chain off to do the dunking. 4. Simple brush the mud off when it’s dry, I hate that gunk build up with wet lubes. Unfortunately however it’s not quite that simple. It smells just like EP90, I don’t think there molybdenum in there, it’s definitely not shiny like yours although that makes a lot of sense as an additive. Castrol chain wax for me, applied after washing the bike (not before riding as it takes a while to dry) clean it off occasionally with white spirit and start again. I just used a huge white pure wax candle, some high PTFE grease and 15wt oil. This wax probably melts around 30c and is slightly buttery in use while still slowly shedding. 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. . Dirt between the moving parts of a chain increases friction and wears down the chain faster. Oils that are specifically marketed as bicycle-chain lubricants are superior to non-bicycle-specific products. 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.). It sounds like you’re leaving all the greasy dirty ‘stuff’ on the chain and just adding more lubricant . 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. (Which is why I only ride my bike in the rain). RevZilla photo. But I kept reading about the famous “Mickle Method” on CC and tried it and… it seems to work. Is this a 10/11 speed thing? Can I use WD-40 to lube a bike chain? Are there any others doing similar? A lubricated chain will move with less resistance and the lube will prevent dirt from building up. I keep wondering how well that would do. 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. They generally contain Teflon ® and are designed to repel dirt and water. +1 OLIVE OIL! Never occurred to me… , ace thread if a bit late for me as gone down the Putoline road . Now ya see I’d not be happy with that. Might be at the expense of durability, I suppose, but who knows? Any cheapo ideas for the expensive wax+solvent approach of Rock-n-Roll? I reckon my mix is good for about 12 hours riding time offroad. I’ve been tinkering with home-brew lubes for a few months. Find a small transparent plastic bottle with a spray nozzle and pour the oil/solvent in it. If the stuff lasts a couple of rides, then we’re down to maybe 5 minutes cleaning time per ride, or less if you do two chains at once. If you compare prices, it's still cheaper than finish line! For the motorcycle chain lube to adhere to the chain, it needs to be applied to a dry surface. It seems to be possible to have a clean, lubed drivetrain this way and I prefer wax prep to oil unless it’s really clean riding. I’ve been melting it in a jam jar in boiling water then dropping chain in and boiling for a bit longer. I notice WD40 BIKE LUBE dry lube made chain into black. I felt the same about it; for years I’ve removed the chain and messed around with trays and jars of paraffin. This can be impractical if a chain needs re-lubing, but one needs to go riding immediately. any oil is better than no oil. [Reply] 1 0. It was ok. 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. Rub down your chain with soapy water and a rinse to clean off excess degreaser. We should all lube our chains more than we do. I am using putoline solid wax. Lubricants tend to fall into one of two main categories: wet or dry. +4 for chainsaw oil, use sparingly though it does gloop up the chain a bit. Lubes oh god been through them all, purple,progold,squirt,fenwicks,finish line you name it. It horrifies me to hear the grit in the chain when I twist it especially after a wet dirty ride but TBH I think that grit soon gets ground down into a sort of black goo, most of which seems to end up stuck to the jockey wheels. All I can say is I’m running a PC1, Surley SS ring and a standard SS Rohloff sprocket and they were wearing extremely fast with Rohloff/other oil, and always the chain was slowly scaling up with black gritty crud, hence the DIY wax. You can also use degreaser to clean your bike, and buy bottle after bottle and lubricate the chain after cleaning. Chain lube choice and maintenance can mean as little as 2,000km from a chain, but as much as 20,000km. 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 . Hold the lubricant bottle above the top middle pin of the chain and gently squeeze a thin steady stream of lubricant onto the chain while you are simultaneously spinning your pedals to rotate the chain. Nukeproof Giga Launched: A Super-Enduro shouldn’t descend AND climb this well! wiping the chain off after washing the bike, allowing to dry and re-lubing, Now ya see I’d not be happy with that. 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. Solvent washes it down and wax sets inside. This interests me because I’ve been dabbling with this ever since riding motorbikes years ago. It must be extra virgin. Chain maintenance all starts with proper chain lube selection and use. 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. In the wet hmm purple extreme or finish line wet both are good. 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. The solvent evaporates from the outside first so first use will likely push out the lube. Hence it’s so much more effective. Use wet lube if you ride in wet, muddy conditions, and dry lube if you ride in dry conditions. Our guide below shows you what we believe is the best method to clean and lube your chain. I am thinking mixing together (say) Halfords chain wax with – er- some light solvent: white spirit, or diesel oil, or maybe even WD40. 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. Finish Line makes some of the best bike chain lube types out there, so it’s no surprise that the 1-Step Bike Chain Cleaner and Lubricant came at the top of our list. 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. So there you go – my method, recipe and how I clean my DIY wax. Or Is It Miles? I am impressed by this. (I hosed the bike down after the long ride, but otherwise it hasn’t been cleaned in that time – can you tell? But can you get one bike chain lube that does it all or should you switch between wet and dry chain lubes according to the weather? Then place chain on a metal baking tray with chunks of candle wax and put on the hob and heat gently. Comparing it to Putoline etc? Chain after waxing, two hours gritty riding and two days of rain after that. You decide how much oil you want on your homemade "lubricant oil". Funny watched that oz cycle video earlier, KMC magic links/split links are reusable whereas SRAM aren’t – something to do with a KMC patent, I’ve used solvents before… but you only get a slight amount of lube in place. The bulk stuff feels soapy rather than waxy, but I think it’s the oil that does that – the first mix (with less oil) felt more like candle wax. Most lubes unlike are now engineered better, providing lubrication whilst not collecting dirt, … I recently have switched to Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube. Yes oz cycle is the best bike tips channel I have found so far on YouTube. The type of chain lube will determine whether it will be suitable for the circumstance in … The chain was quite stiff to start with, so didn’t back-pedal well, for example, but after a few miles it behaved itself. Make sure to aim the lube right into your rollers. If i spill hot wax on the stove i am in serious shit. Except, of course, those of us who are smart enough to fit a chain oiler.A properly oiled chain will last around 50% longer than one that doesn't get the attention it needs. TBH I’ve given up taking off the chain and cleaning it and adopted what Cycle Chat members call the “Mickle Method” (after the forum member who described it) of just wiping the chain off after washing the bike, allowing to dry and re-lubing. Contact Us Wax is king. Here's how. Clean and lube your chain and create a how-to and show everyone else how to maintain that smooth ride. The topic ‘Chain lube alternatives/DIY options’ is closed to new replies. Durability is the lesser issue as you can and should lube your chain often. this is interesting stuff. Faff but effective. From memory, it’s 5 parts paraffin wax, 1 part beeswax, 1 part EP Gear oil, and two big dollops of molybdenum disulphide paste. IH4LIFE (Jul 6, 2010 at 9:01) Now, I’m sure that a complete investigation, test rides and measuring would be interesting and probably allow a mix that out performs this, however I’m confident enough it’s better than the previous situation, even if only because it’s still there and still clean. It’s an amusement, rather than a serious mission, but I’ve been mildly impressed by the tenacity of the current mix. Newsletter Settings, Viewing 17 posts - 1 through 17 (of 17 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. You should clean it off the chain after every use. If you live with silica dust on the roads, you will be better off with no lube at all. Forum Rules I've got some Scottoiler stuff (winter and summer weight) left over from the motorbike. Standard WD-40 is a water dispersant, not a lubricant and will cause the grease in your O or X-ring chain to disintegrate. They’re not designed to lubricate chain links and so will fail in the attempt. I don’t know which ones they are, sorry. *Lumpy’s Crack Wax, if anyone has ever heard of the stuff. I suppose the issue there is just going to be how fast and how well it flashes off- if it’s too thin or too slow to solidify it might run out of the links. After cooling, the dark metal/wax mix can be scraped off from the immediate vicinity of, and surrounding the, magnet. Tried motor bike oil before, the stuff i used was much to heavy and the chain didn't like shifting at all well through the gears, also picked up loads of crap.. The best bike chain lubes keep your chain running smoothly, keep working even when it's wet and don't pick up crud. Before I go down this route, what about chainsaw oil, motorbike chain oil, other DIY concoctions? I have to just add that it looks like a lot of work. penetrant oil or chain lube. Yes me neither. I would guess that mine melts at 50-60 degrees C. The chain is just about too hot to hold when it comes out. I use SRAM 50/50 and circlip QL’s and never thrown one away. I only use it on my Rohloff bike. Where can we buy the ingredients if we wanted to have a go? A magnet is suspended in the tin during cooling, and the oil agitated. From my experience the PC1 stretch really fast; leading to wearing the chainring/ cog. Keeping your chain clean and lubricated makes for a better-running, more efficient bike, and prolongs the life of your sprockets and chainrings as well as the chain itself. It is very good and quiet in use and drivetrain is so much cleaner. can report my first big shitty ride with the chain wax was a resounding success But Xylene is nasty stuff, stinks and I needed way more by volume than i expected to keep the lube fluid. This thread’s awesome. Link Removal We’re going to look at the types of lubes available and what the benefits of each are. Whilst my wife huffs and puffs and rolls her eyes at the other end of the kitchen. It’s still running smoothy and quite quietly, but it’s probably approaching the time it needs doing again, as there are the beginnings of rust spots on the edges of the link plates. This is my road/gravel bike today after 12 days commuting over 3 weeks (12-14 miles/day), and a very wet, muddy 70 mile on/off road ride last weekend. Wax looking to be cleaner and longest lasting ATM. Link Removal 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 … the magnet is on a clothes peg and a stick, and I suggest a non-magnetic pan to make that bit easier. Lube your chain. The last batch did 2 months of british summer riding (once or twice a week in leicestershire mud) Last ride was a bit squeaky so stuck it in again. Step 7: Dry the motorcycle chain. I'm sure there used to be a pro team who lubed the chains with the dipstick from the team truck. But I spend at least 15-20 minutes cleaning my drive train whenever I clean my bike so maybe it’s not an increase in overall time just a different method! If it weren’t for the fact that a can of putoline is going to last me a decade, I’d try this next just for the lolz. By far the best chain lube I have used and its £15 for a kilo. Singletrack Issue 124 | Fresh Fruit & New Hazzards, Interbike 2015: Chain and buttock lube made from wool, This topic has 16 replies, 15 voices, and was last updated. One might instinctively think that a dry lube is used on dry days and a wet lube saved for wet days. Note: Always use a cleaner and lubricant designed for bike drivetrains. WD40 Bike Lube dry lube is supposed design for derailleur and brake?!? Love this sort of thing. Carefully place a small drop of lube on top of each roller in your chain. 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. It is recommended that you go for the right products. The products mentioned in this article are selected or reviewed independently by our journalists. Classifieds Rules thinking of getting a slow cooker for dedicated use in the garage. In the dry id say squirt, runs very smooth but once it gets wet i can kill it off in 20 or so miles. I’ve always been a fan, it’s just the stuff usually washes off ASAP. ), I wrote down what the mixture was, but can’t find the bit of paper! At that time I used a boil-in-can chain lube, which made the bike chain quite stiff. Pipedream’s New SRS48 Fork Has Zero Millimetres of Travel. I’m pretty sure that Putoline has graphite in it (but I had the moly and the EP oil knocking around the shed). A. I even have a bulk bottle of pro-gold there. It ensures the hardworking moving parts of your bike chain are able to move smoothly past each other, it helps stop the chain wearing down or rusting, and makes your ride less clunky and more comfortable. 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. Premier Club It is essential to use the best mtb chain lube to to keep your chain running quietly and smoothly. I bought a sonic cleaner off eBay for £10… clean the chains with degreaser in the sonic, then rinse clear in a jar with water a few times. With the chain clean, it never hurts to give it one last good spray with the chain cleaner. Login/cookie issues? Smith agrees with such practice, stating that it’s better to lube over a dirty chain than not lube at all. It seems to work a treat on my hub and derailleur gears [11 speed is much narrower than 9 though…would it clog up?]. 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