anyone know of a good chain lube i am using silkolene chain gel at the minute but doeznt seem to want to stay on my chain and much prefers being on my wheel?
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remember the chain will have to be thouroughly clean before using.
you tried both of these? which would you say is better i wouldnt recomend the silkolene stuff not v good
to use gear box oil,keep it in a large jam jar and apply it with a small paint brush after a long ride ie when the chain's warm.Yes you do get a bit of fling but it disperses water and lubes really well.
I used to use Wurths dry lube but I need to apply it all the time,it got too expensive and after recommendations on here, tried 75w-90 and i won't go back.
Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
i am doing the same thing every time i go out i have to lube it up surely that aint right?
I`ve got and tried everything except a scott/oiler,if your doing the mileage you`ll need an oiler.
From the 70s i`ve used gear oil with a stiff brush as preunit,
now the chains are greased sealed and your only lubing the outside,
i`m old hat and lazy so i use the Castrol spray to see the lube.
"now the chains are greased sealed"
thats why you apply the 75w-90 while the chains warm so as to thin it and let it penetrate better,no?
Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
so warm chain cool i aint doing the mileage tho at the min lucky to get out once a week but when i ride i aint cruising much usually goin at a fair rate of knots
Chains should be lubed thinly with one layer of oil because you can`t put two on, every 100miles or after been rained on.
Also a tight chain will do more damage than a slack one.
Remember to check the chain tension with a person on the bike both feet up,chock the side stand untill near vertical if need be.
I use engine oil dispensed from a fairy liquid bottle. Put it on AFTER a ride out.
If you MUST waste your money on chain lube, then apply it AFTER a ride, when the chain is warm. It will help the solvent to evaporate, and the lube then sticks to your chain.
a bunch lot of cleva folks on 'ere
I have seen the light!
I used to use aerosol chain wax and then, having seen the ball of gritty
gunk behind the sprocket cover, switched to the oily aerosol version,
which was still gunky. Having read recommendations from the motorbike
riders on this forum (sometimes I think you're a minority) I finally
asked the local garage to get me a bottle of 90w gear oil. I've only
been using it for a couple of months or so but brushing it on, wiping
off and seeing it penetrate and make the drive chain look shiny and
clean instead of off-white and claggy is very satisfying. It looks and
right, like a machine my grandad might have looked after. Pushing
the bike around it feels like it moves more freely, although that could
my imagination. I've never had a problem with chain life but I was
pretty generous with the aerosol stuff, much of it ending up on the
swingarm, wheel and lower fairing. With the new regime I've not noticed
any fling or a prematurely dry chain. Anyhow, I reckon I'll never buy another can
of chain lube. Try 90w gear oil.
Just a quick note
Gear oil is all I've used over the last 32 years in the trade. However,forget any thoughts of penetration past the seals on an o-ring chain. If it IS penetrating,the seals are shot,and the chain is scrap. The oil is only lubricating the outside diameter of the rollers,NOT the inside. " />
Saying all that,ANY chain lube is better than nothing,but either way,apply when hot,and dry off any excess whichever lubricant you choose
I've never really understood what an O-ring chain is but you've prompted me to look it up and I've found this diagram. Just looking at it and knowing the stress it's under you'd think it would leak past the seals after just a handful of miles.
I'd always supposed that the external lube is applied primarily to help the links hinge, but you're saying that it's only function is to ease the contact between rollers and sprocket teeth? Interesting.
That's it exactly. The basics are,if a gear oil can get past the seal,then it'll thin out the viscosity of the grease which is sealed in,hence speeding up the process of long term lubricant loss. Also another reason why X ring chains have become more popular,as it creates two points of firm contact,but less friction,which in turn helps a chain run a little smoother.
Put it simply,and assuming road grime didn't exist and seals never wore out. If you never lubed a chain,the sprockets and outer case of the chain rollers would be worn badly in a relatively short time,but the inner rollers would be fine.Though not of much benefit by then obviously.
Hence the need to lube often to reduce friction wear
Which gear oil?
All - thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I've been choosing between spray chain lube and SAE 90 gear oil (recommended by my bikes Owner Manual).
And have chosen to use the latter
My questions is - which particular brand\product to take?
Will simple Halfords Gear Oil EP 75W/90 fit or I need something branded?