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Which lubricant should I use for my bike chain?

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I have a Cannondale Touring bike which I recently purchased for weekend cycle races with some of my colleagues. It’s about two months old now and I’ve noticed that the chain gets stuck sometimes when I’m in the middle of a sprint. Do I have to get a heavy oil-lube like the ones mountain bikers use?
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Re: Which lubricant should I use for my bike chain?

Which lube that is the best is almost a religious question for some riders, so you can expect a lot of different suggestions. IME frequency of care is more important than what products you use, as long as you stay away from some obviously poor choices.

WD-40 isn't good(although better than nothing)
3-in-one isn't good(although better than WD-40)
Motorcycle chainlube is excessively sticky for bicycle use.

I tried medical grade white oil for a season. A dream to handle, but it seems like I got chain elongation worse than ever before.

Used a regular engine oil(same as in my vintage car) for several years, seemed to work just fine.

Am now running a boutique oil(Chain-L) which, judging by the smell is based on a hypoid(gear) oil. Very nice dribble characteristics during application. Kills a squeak just as well as anything else and otherwise seems OK.

Experiences with "dry" lubes vary between riders. Some swear by them, some swear at them.
One fault many people do is that they don't wipe their chains down well enough after oiling. Basically anything left that's more than a sheen on the surface is more than you need, it's inbetween the parts where the oil will do most good.
A chain that's too sticky on the outside will act as flypaper for grit and dust accellerating drive train wear.
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Re: Which lubricant should I use for my bike chain?

Hi. I use a product made by INOX called MX4. It is a pariffin oil based product with PTFE. When the chain starts to sound a little creeky I will spray the chain with the MX4 just after a ride while the chain is warm, let sit over night than wipe all exses off. after every ride give the chain a wipe to get dirt off and when the chain get creeky start the prosess again. However I have a rule not to ride in the rain or on wet roads so I get about 6000kms out of a chain.
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Re: Which lubricant should I use for my bike chain?

dabac, as always, is the voice of logic, common sense and reason and I can't disagree with anything. My personal preference is Purple Extreme. I've used it year round for four years now and swear by it. It's not the cheapest lube out there but my rural commute entails a drive train clean and lube every three weeks or so and I swear by it.
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