What lubricant etc do you use?

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What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby old picker » 9 Aug 2012, 4:29pm

Hi All,
What do you use/recommend for lubricating chain, brake cable, gears etc etc?
Get this. My wife may well be borrowing the boys Mountain Bike to night to come out with me :-)
It's catching.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby meic » 9 Aug 2012, 4:42pm

There is no consensus on which lubes to use.
I have tried a variety of different lubes on about twenty different chains and I have found no noticeable benefits from any particular lubricant.
Everybody has their "favourites" as you will soon see but little consensus.

Didnt you say that old MTB of your son's was hard work?

If you were a gentleman you would give up your bike for your wife. :mrgreen:
More seriously, if you want her to become a regular cyclist then give her the best bike and have an easy day to avoid her being put off.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby reohn2 » 9 Aug 2012, 6:05pm

Lube,TF2 cheap at around £4 and does what it says on the can .

Re Mrs,MTB,what Meic said. :D
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby mattsccm » 9 Aug 2012, 6:43pm

Quid shops have green tins of WD40 copy stuff. It's a quid.Works wonders and is a touch greasier than WD

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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby old picker » 9 Aug 2012, 6:58pm

Lend her my new bike?
I bought it so I could get away from her :-)
Funny thing is, riding this bike, I'm sure it should have different tyres on it. I might have to get something a little thicker for the canals etc, as to my reckoning, they look like road tyres.
BTW, I popped into Tesco's and they were selling a bike rack for £15. It is the type that fixes to the saddle post. It did look good value.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby WrightsW5 » 9 Aug 2012, 11:05pm

Easy Grease spray, pound shop.

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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby Ayesha » 10 Aug 2012, 6:45am

The same lube 'the boy' uses on his mountain bike.

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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby Gearoidmuar » 10 Aug 2012, 9:08am

Car engine oil.

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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby Vantage » 10 Aug 2012, 10:46am

I think I'll be trying FinishLine's Ceramic Wet Lube when the current cross country stuff runs out. It's based on the same technology used in modern car engine oil, synthetic so sticks to the metal better.
Reviewers are saying they notice quieter drivetrains on their bikes, which can only be a good thing.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby NUKe » 10 Aug 2012, 10:52am

Prolink progoldand GT85 when I am being lazy or dont have the time like this morning Chain had started squeaking didn't have time to properly lube. So a quick spray of GT85 and a wipe of the with a rag will do for today its not raining. its time to change to chain number 2 at the weekend anyway.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby byegad » 10 Aug 2012, 11:52am

I'm using chainsaw oil on my chains. Very pleased with it and so far 3000 mils on one chain rather less on the other two it does what it's supposed to do, stick on the chain, even in the wet, lube the chain and not pick up muck. For cables a squirt of GT85 on the outer as it is installed seems to be all they need.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby DavidT » 10 Aug 2012, 8:53pm

reohn2 wrote:Lube,TF2 cheap at around £4 and does what it says on the can .



+1 And it's made in Britain :D

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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby theenglishman » 10 Aug 2012, 11:48pm

DavidT wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Lube,TF2 cheap at around £4 and does what it says on the can .



+1 And it's made in Britain :D



Well, who knows where it was made, what with plate tectonics and all that.

Anyway, 3 in 1 here - and no, it's not vegetable based, no matter what Sheldon Brown says.

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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby old picker » 15 Aug 2012, 1:47pm

Hi All,
Popped into Wilkinson and they were selling their own version of this,
http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/bike-acces ... tZhg%3D%3D.

Looks like it is the Weldite oil in their own bottle. At £1.41, I bought a couple to see how it goes.
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Re: What lubricant etc do you use?

Postby Robbied196 » 15 Aug 2012, 4:58pm

mattsccm wrote:Quid shops have green tins of WD40 copy stuff. It's a quid.Works wonders and is a touch greasier than WD


You shouldn't use WD40 or anything like it on chains, basically it will clean the chain but not lubricate it, so you end running with a dry chain that will wear out quicker.

http://bicycling.about.com/b/2009/02/26 ... -chain.htm