- Sep 7, 2009
What's a good lubricant to use on gears and the chain? Bike shop said don't use WD-40 on any bike, buy our $14 stuff with teflon.
garage sale GT said:WD40 is a great rust preventative but is too thin to lubricate a chain. Motor oil is better. Put a drop on each roller and wipe off all the excess.
The purpose behind the bike shop teflon is that it is a drier formulation and grit won't stick to it so easily. It won't abrade the chain or stain your pant leg so readily.
+1. ProLink is good stuff.alienator said:ProLink. I apply one drop to each roller every 100-150 miles. Turn the cranks, and go up and down the cassette. Then I wipe the excess off
Chain washing? Only if I have mud splattered everywhere or have ridden through a lot of blowing sand/dust. Otherwise, ProLink keeps the chain clean enough.
stevebiker said:What's a good lubricant to use on gears and the chain? Bike shop said don't use WD-40 on any bike, buy our $14 stuff with teflon.
Dietmar said:I just switched to Chain-L No. 5, and I'm pretty happy with it. A bit more work putting it on the chain, but it does seem to last a long time , and makes for a nice quiet drivetrain. Once you thoroughly wipe off the chain after applying it, it's not any more messy than other lubricants, and maybe less so.
You might want to give this stuff a try. They're sending out samples for 4 bucks including shipping...
64Paramount said:This is the first time I've heard of Chain-L No. 5, so I can't vouch for it, but that's a clever name!
SourDieseL said:Pedro's degreaser and finish line lube after all rides. I do this religiously without a bike stand living in Manhattan in a studio apartment. Yes, after every ride I drag my bike up a flight of stairs, grab all my rags, degreasers, lubes, and brushes head back down outside with my bike AGAIN to clean it. Then after cleaning it I drag everything all the way back up the stairs. That reminds me I should get a bike stand with bag holder and pockets this way I can just lug stuff up and down from my apartment. Laborious yes? that's the price you pay for living in a brownstone in Manhattan.
alienator said:Why do you clean and lube your chain so much?
SourDieseL said:Probably just the anal new purchase inspection after every ride, then again it's rather nice doing so.