Chain lube?

Gordoh

New Member
Is there a consensus as to the best bicycle chain lubricant? I found that, on my chain drive motorcycles, gear oil 80w-90 worked. Would it also work on a modern bicycle chain? My 45 year old CCM has survived on gear oil also. Since I've order the Rad Rover I am trying to get up to speed as my last motorcycle was shaft drive and did not require chain lube... Thanks.
 

fooferdoggie

Well-Known Member
depends on how often you want to clean the chain and how often you maintain it. I don't want a lot of crap on the chain so a more dry lube is in order. been using rock and roll lube it does not seem to attract much gunk and will do several rain runs.
 

christob

Well-Known Member
In a word, no; there is no consensus I've ever found. ;)
Seriously, there are many threads posted here over the years, offering many different recommendations, "swear by this" testimonials, personal experiences both good & bad, etc. Just like "What's the best ebike out there?" - there is no single, right answer...
{My personal input - I use Rock n Roll Gold as well (rear-hub drive here) but I don't fuss much with my chain at all; perhaps a couple cleanings a year; last chain went about 6,500 miles before showing slight stretch, but no wear on cassette.}
 

fooferdoggie

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finish line dry sure does not hold up in the rain. maybe a hour or so. the rock and roll gold got me 3 to 4 hours. I have their blue coming today to test. the finish line wet holds up but attracts a lot of gunk.
 

sl_duck

Member
Tri-flow is my lube of choice. I used to switch to dry lube in the summer when it's dusty out, but I don't bother anymore. I just apply the tri-flow while rotating the crank backward whenever I rinse the bike off.
 

FlatSix911

Well-Known Member
Tri-flow is my lube of choice. I used to switch to dry lube in the summer when it's dusty out, but I don't bother anymore. I just apply the tri-flow while rotating the crank backward whenever I rinse the bike off.
I second the choice of Tri-Flow... good coverage, long lasting and inexpensive. ;)
 

Gordoh

New Member
Has anyone here ever used gear oil as a chain lube? Good or bad results? I used to change the gear oil (80W-90) in my old Beemer's gear-box, rear-end and drive shaft and now have about 6 litres of the stuff and no Beemer, so I was considering using it on my new Rad Rover's chain... Bad idea?
 

fooferdoggie

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Has anyone here ever used gear oil as a chain lube? Good or bad results? I used to change the gear oil (80W-90) in my old Beemer's gear-box, rear-end and drive shaft and now have about 6 litres of the stuff and no Beemer, so I was considering using it on my new Rad Rover's chain... Bad idea?
its oil it would work but will make a mess of your drive chain and attract dirt. overall it will create more work then anything else.
 

Gordoh

New Member
Thanks, Fooferdoggie…. I do remember the old Kawi KLR 250 chain was a bit messy and labour intensive to clean and relube with the gear oil... Rock n Roll it is!
 

Browneye

Well-Known Member
WD40 to clean it, then triflow and wipe down.
We've been using WD for MC chains for a bazillion years, but a more hi-tack grease or wax type chain lube to prevent fling. Some roadbikes used a drip-type 'oiler'.
There were plenty of hardcore riders that didn't believe in doing anything for an o-ring chain - and they got nearly the mileage, but then when a MC gets a new chain it gets new sprockets too.

Triflow is cheap and works great. Surely there are some fancy new-fangled lubes for lots of $$ that do the same thing.

Anything with a solvent that dries and is more wax-based has less adhesion for dust, but you pay for that technology. 😁
 

steve mercier

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@steve mercier -- do you reapply every 4-6 riding hours? Or can you go further between lubes?
HI , yes I put it on about every 75-150 km but I tend to believe in erring on the side of over- lubing rather than under- lubing, so you could probably go longer between applications. I really like this product because I do not need to use my giant can of WD40 any more. I just hose off the bike chain when I get back from a ride. Then I let it dry it off and apply the Squirt. With Squirt I notice that much less muck and sand sticks to the chain than with other products such as Finish line or Triflow (especially the wet versions) after a wet gritty trail ride. Also I live half a block from a fish bearing river so I am glad to use this greener( biodegradeable and solvent free ) method. I no longer feel the need to use my Park tool chain scrubber at all!
 
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Litehiker

New Member
Good replies here. I've been using FINISH LINE TEFLON DRY LUBE and it works very well for Nevada's dusty conditions.

Eric B.