Even these, you will need to know about. I am thinking mixing together (say) Halfords chain wax with – er- some light solvent: white spirit, or diesel oil, or maybe even WD40. Although Putoline melts at much higher temps, it’s not ‘buttery’ more like candle wax. Chain lube choice and maintenance can mean as little as 2,000km from a chain, but as much as 20,000km. I would guess that mine melts at 50-60 degrees C. The chain is just about too hot to hold when it comes out. WD40 Bike Lube dry lube is supposed design for derailleur and brake?!? I suspect based on the smell it’s a high sulphur content, either an additive or just a high sulphur paraffin wax. So there you go – my method, recipe and how I clean my DIY wax. 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. 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. I’ve been tinkering with home-brew lubes for a few months. Now ya see I’d not be happy with that. 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. 4. Never occurred to me… , ace thread if a bit late for me as gone down the Putoline road . I re-use them too, but if it is weekly chain dunking then that is quite a bit of on-off for one wee split link in a chains 5-6 month life. Make sure to aim the lube right into your rollers. I've got some Scottoiler stuff (winter and summer weight) left over from the motorbike. I probably should buy a charity shop pan. Faff but effective. 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. (I hosed the bike down after the long ride, but otherwise it hasn’t been cleaned in that time – can you tell? Simple brush the mud off when it’s dry, I hate that gunk build up with wet lubes. 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. A protected and well lubed chain will not only provide you with a smoother gear shifting but will also last a lot longer. Contact Us The topic ‘DIY Chainwax Recipe/Results’ is closed to new replies. 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. I wish I had something useful to add but can only encourage more home brew methods. 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. +4 for chainsaw oil, use sparingly though it does gloop up the chain a bit. Step 7: Dry the motorcycle chain. this is interesting stuff. The high cost of small bottles of chain lub that don’t last one ride was the purpose of my thread enquiring about Bulk Chain oil. RevZilla photo. I thought I was the only person using a chip fryer. If i spill hot wax on the stove i am in serious shit. 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. Lube your chain. The Lumpy’s grease is discontinued, but just go hunting for the highest purity PTFE grease you can find on ebay….. or use basic PTFE grease, though you’ll likely need to swap that for some oil and use a bit more of it. 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. 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 . Login/cookie issues? 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. This interests me because I’ve been dabbling with this ever since riding motorbikes years ago. I keep wondering how well that would do. Very gently, on the gas ring. The chain was quite stiff to start with, so didn’t back-pedal well, for example, but after a few miles it behaved itself. If you live with silica dust on the roads, you will be better off with no lube at all. Seems to me there’s enough material here for a PhD engineering student. 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. The side plates on my chain still have a thin coating of wax from previous application. Forum Rules Link Removal I felt the same about it; for years I’ve removed the chain and messed around with trays and jars of paraffin. We should all lube our chains more than we do. Nukeproof Giga Launched: A Super-Enduro shouldn’t descend AND climb this well! And the volume thing, you’d need your solvented version to be stable in the tin for a good long time. Or Is It Miles? 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. . Find a small transparent plastic bottle with a spray nozzle and pour the oil/solvent in it. 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. 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. I would say it’s a bit of work, making your own mix and getting it right. Standard WD-40 is a water dispersant, not a lubricant and will cause the grease in your O or X-ring chain to disintegrate. If you compare prices, it's still cheaper than finish line! *Lumpy’s Crack Wax, if anyone has ever heard of the stuff. Before I go down this route, what about chainsaw oil, motorbike chain oil, other DIY concoctions? 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. I’m a big fan of the bottle clean. A lubricated chain will move with less resistance and the lube will prevent dirt from building up. 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. This thread’s awesome. Chain maintenance all starts with proper chain lube selection and use. I'm sure there used to be a pro team who lubed the chains with the dipstick from the team truck. Our guide below shows you what we believe is the best method to clean and lube your chain. 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. In the wet hmm purple extreme or finish line wet both are good. Here's how. A. 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. It must be extra virgin. Protecting your bike chain is important if you want a smooth, quite ride from start to finish, and the proper bike lube will help you achieve just that. Can I use WD-40 to lube a bike chain? I don’t know which ones they are, sorry. It seems to work a treat on my hub and derailleur gears [11 speed is much narrower than 9 though…would it clog up?]. 5. Are you tracking mileage and wear rate to understand the level of wear protection this mix provides? 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. The products mentioned in this article are selected or reviewed independently by our journalists. Are there any others doing similar? Classifieds Rules I have to just add that it looks like a lot of work. 31 miles in terrible lakes weather saw my chain out of the three riders the only one not sounding graunchy and squeaky . There is also a video of his where he compares the effectiveness of chain cleaning methods, petrol v ultrasonic v brush chain cleaner widget…. I recently have switched to Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube. Lubes oh god been through them all, purple,progold,squirt,fenwicks,finish line you name it. I’ve cooked motorcycle chains but never seen this done in a chip fryer! 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. (FWIW, This cost me nothing to try, but if you were going to buy the ingredients, you might as well just buy the Putoline.). in a xylene suspension. Bicycle chain lubricant, chain lube or chain oil is an essential item for your bike maintenance. Cooking oil is not designed to lubricate metal, and isn't going to do a very good job at keeping your bike lubricated. 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. Yes oz cycle is the best bike tips channel I have found so far on YouTube. Premier Club Rub down your chain with soapy water and a rinse to clean off excess degreaser. 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. Some bike shops sell small packets of lube, but those are getting harder to find. I also like chainsaw oil, but my next door neighbour gives me that for free…. But I kept reading about the famous “Mickle Method” on CC and tried it and… it seems to work. wiping the chain off after washing the bike, allowing to dry and re-lubing, Now ya see I’d not be happy with that. Note: Always use a cleaner and lubricant designed for bike drivetrains. They generally contain Teflon ® and are designed to repel dirt and water. I use SRAM 50/50 and circlip QL’s and never thrown one away. A magnet is suspended in the tin during cooling, and the oil agitated. 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. Then place chain on a metal baking tray with chunks of candle wax and put on the hob and heat gently. Oils that are specifically marketed as bicycle-chain lubricants are superior to non-bicycle-specific products. A dry chain will prematurely wear and knacker your sprockets, too. 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. At that time I used a boil-in-can chain lube, which made the bike chain quite stiff. One issue I have is the being arsed to take your chain off to do the dunking. I even have a bulk bottle of pro-gold there. It was still on 3 hours later but was also attracting all the dust too! Impossible to know – if there is hard material in there it will be grinding down the steel in the chain. By far the best chain lube I have used and its £15 for a kilo. This wax probably melts around 30c and is slightly buttery in use while still slowly shedding. 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. 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? Initially tried paraffin wax (well ikea tea-lights – we have thousands of them!) 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. 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. It will also grind away at the cassette, requiring both to be replaced sooner. can report my first big shitty ride with the chain wax was a resounding success I think it is a decent enough bike lube and for me a better choice than a dry lube or wax. Classifieds Rules It sounds like you’re leaving all the greasy dirty ‘stuff’ on the chain and just adding more lubricant . I’ve only done the chain twice – I heated the wax on a camping stove and once it had melted, dropped the chain into it. Wax the chain in a hot bath of wax and paraffin and make some lube using those two elements and some Xylene. Where can we buy the ingredients if we wanted to have a go? Wax is king. Next time I added some tungsten disulphide powder to the wax, only a little turned it grey… not used this chain yet but the first pure wax only one is silent and smooth and works well. 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. Waaay higher in PTFE than normal grease in a tube. Might be at the expense of durability, I suppose, but who knows? 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. As far as WD40 specific bike lube, I have used the WD40 Wet Lube and had no issues going about 100 - 120 miles between chain cleans. One might instinctively think that a dry lube is used on dry days and a wet lube saved for wet days. Yes me neither. One 2L milk bottle and a filter funnel with coffee papers lets you clean the chain and reuse the turps substitute. 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. 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. With the chain clean, it never hurts to give it one last good spray with the chain cleaner. 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. 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. 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. So i ditched it in favour of the hot dip approach. I’m pretty sure that Putoline has graphite in it (but I had the moly and the EP oil knocking around the shed). Previously either I was running my chain very dry or letting the oil build up. Contact Us Cheap considering the price they ask for the the 100Ml stuff in bike shops. Any cheapo ideas for the expensive wax+solvent approach of Rock-n-Roll? Avoid common “dry’ chain lubes if either durability or watts matter. 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. 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. the lube is grey. As of now I think I have hit pretty much the right mix: Approx – 100ml parafin wax, 5ml extra high PTFE grease*, 15ml 15wt fully synthetic [damper oil, going spare]. My chain certainly wouldn’t come clean without degreasing – but I only clean the bike/chain once every 4-6 rides. 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! 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. A second tin can be periodically used to pour the settled oil into to leave non-magnetic grit particles behind, or a coffee filter could be employed. Login/cookie issues? Forum Rules 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. “Imho”. Cheers for sharing! Spray on wax lube maybe easy to apply, but it will bunch up and leave the chain un-lubricated in just a few miles. Chain Lube Types: Dry, Wet, Ceramic - One of the major things you must look out for when considering purchasing a lube is the type of chain and the condition of the bike you are riding in. Carefully place a small drop of lube on top of each roller in your chain. 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. Durability is the lesser issue as you can and should lube your chain often. Lubricants tend to fall into one of two main categories: wet or dry. the magnet is on a clothes peg and a stick, and I suggest a non-magnetic pan to make that bit easier. Chain after waxing, two hours gritty riding and two days of rain after that. I got one of those mini fat fryers from aldi and can report it is brilliant for the job. Clean and lube your chain and create a how-to and show everyone else how to maintain that smooth ride. For the motorcycle chain lube to adhere to the chain, it needs to be applied to a dry surface. Wax looking to be cleaner and longest lasting ATM. It is recommended that you go for the right products. The solvent evaporates from the outside first so first use will likely push out the lube. Pretty interesting, it looks like the softer wax is giving better corrosion protection than putoline. Most lubes unlike are now engineered better, providing lubrication whilst not collecting dirt, … Using liquid wax solidifies quickly and is pure lube rather than some percentage of the applied volume. It was ok. 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. 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. They’re not designed to lubricate chain links and so will fail in the attempt. I rode with a guy in Italy last year whos chain was dry by lunchtime so at the restaurant he applied extra virgin olive oil! plus i put a bit of gear oil to aid rust protection and some graphite powder for friction reduction. +1 OLIVE OIL! Lubricating a Bicycle Chain Using Paraffin: If you are properly set up, you can use paraffin wax to lubricate your bike chain. The best lubricants will not only suit the chain but the weather. #kitchenmaintenance #homebrewlube, A post shared by Michael Thomas (@mr_evilgoat) on Aug 15, 2017 at 1:39pm PDT. 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. Bike Chain Lube . This seems to work just as well as removing and cleaning and is a lot less hassle. 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 reckon my mix is good for about 12 hours riding time offroad. Pipedream’s New SRS48 Fork Has Zero Millimetres of Travel. 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. well impressed cannot see me going back to oily stuff. A dry lube is applied as a liquid, before drying out to the leave the chain covered in the lubricating e… I may have a dig through my vast quantities of oils, grease etc on the garage shelf to see what I can cook up. It’s very early days, but so far, it is easier and cleaner and lasts longer than than the C3 wet lube that I used previously. I only use it on my Rohloff bike. [Reply] 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. KMC 610hx last much better for not a lot more (certainly save you money on the chainring). Premier Club 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.). I notice WD40 BIKE LUBE dry lube made chain into black. I’ve always been a fan, it’s just the stuff usually washes off ASAP. Privacy 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. After cooling, the dark metal/wax mix can be scraped off from the immediate vicinity of, and surrounding the, magnet. [Reply] 1 0. but as an add to it At that time I used a boil-in-can chain lube, which made the bike chain quite stiff. I guess it’s about having enough wax to stick on tho the chain and enough oil/lube/grease to lube it? 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. Also, my takeaway is that if magic lube can add an extra 7-watts to your drivetrain, I should probably rinse the muck off my chain and lube with my normal non $30/oz lube more often than I do. Does anyone have any experience? Just use water – it's an excellent chain lube. Solvent washes it down and wax sets inside. ), I wrote down what the mixture was, but can’t find the bit of paper! Dry Lube - The ‘dry’ element refers to the actual lubricating substance that works on your chain, usually a waxy kind of deposit. Hence it’s so much more effective. In the dry id say squirt, runs very smooth but once it gets wet i can kill it off in 20 or so miles. To apply bike chain lube, deposit a drop on the top of each link as you slowly backpedal for a few revolutions, so the lube has a chance to work its way in. This topic has 46 replies, 22 voices, and was last updated. Or Is It Miles? It is very good and quiet in use and drivetrain is so much cleaner. I am impressed by this. I just used a huge white pure wax candle, some high PTFE grease and 15wt oil. (Which is why I only ride my bike in the rain). penetrant oil or chain lube. 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. At this point I just break the snap link, warm the wax for 5 mins, pop the chains in, agitate for a minute when it’s all melted then slowly lift out and drip the excess off, let it cool and refit. We’re going to look at the types of lubes available and what the benefits of each are. Comparing it to Putoline etc? 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. Take your time to fully dry the chain and remove all of the chain … Choose your lube. 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