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Tripped

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Hey,
I'm on a tight budget and is there any other cheap alternatives to propper chain lube? I've worked out that Engin Oil designed for cars are cheaper than what i buy for my bike, is there any chance of using that?
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Tripped said:
Hey,
I'm on a tight budget and is there any other cheap alternatives to propper chain lube? I've worked out that Engin Oil designed for cars are cheaper than what i buy for my bike, is there any chance of using that?
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Some cyclists use motor oil. It works well as a lube but attracts a lot of dirt. If you don't mind frequent cleaning, it would be cheap.
 
John M said:
Some cyclists use motor oil. It works well as a lube but attracts a lot of dirt. If you don't mind frequent cleaning, it would be cheap.
If you cut motor oil 1:2 with mineral spirits (1 part motor oil to two parts mineral spirits), apply it the night before you ride, and wipe the surface of the chain clean with a rag before you ride, the oil will penetrate beter and will attrack a lot less dirt (because the surface, where the lub is not needed, is clean and dry).
 
i reckon all the fancy bike shop lubes are a ripoff :)

I use all-purpose stuff from the supermarket.