3 in 1 Oil

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Re: 3 in 1 Oil

Postby mercalia » 8 Oct 2019, 12:21pm

fastpedaller wrote:I tried chain saw oil and although it said on the bottle "anti fling" it flung off all over! Maybe I peal faster than a chain saw :lol:
My lubricant of choice is TF2

yes I have a bottle of chainsaw oil that aint anti fling. I use a spray lube called CarLube100+ i got off Ebay and seems to work well


I bought 2 cans back in 2017. I am still on the first one

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Re: 3 in 1 Oil

Postby horizon » 8 Oct 2019, 1:01pm

I use Green Oil. It's been discussed on here before and I know people are quite robust in their views about it. :wink: But I'm going to persevere and see how it works out - I'm not claiming great things for it. As Brucey says (on this thread or another), a clean chain is the right starting point and the lubrication follows.

The experience of travel is something that you have to pay for but can never buy. Ho Ri Zon Chinese philosopher

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Re: 3 in 1 Oil

Postby GranvilleThomas » 8 Oct 2019, 6:27pm

gaz wrote:Tin of 3-in-1 left behind in the garage when I moved in. I didn't use it on the transmission until the tin of BP oil left next to it had run out.

pwa wrote:In wet weather it needs re-applying more than once a week, and it does build up a tarry deposit if you don't clean parts for a couple of weeks.

I tend to ride my transmission into submission rather than clean and maintain it regularly.

Yes, I agree entirely, life's too short in my opinion. I did buy a tin of spray 3-in-1 from Poundland a few months back and have used it on my hedge cutter blades as I usually use GT85 on my chain and the rest of the transmission and I haven't used 3-in-1on my bike since I was a kid.

If I was stuck for something to use then I wouldn't have a problem using it to be honest.

The biggest problem I have is the price of these little bottle of 'special' chain lubes that you can purchase - not for me i'm afraid, but each to their own as the old saying goes.

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Re: 3 in 1 Oil

Postby Sid Aluminium » 9 Oct 2019, 3:00pm

Don't know what's available on the shelves in the old country; here in the colonies, there are a half-dozen or more different liquid lubricant products available in small bottles labeled '3-in-One'.

We're probably discussing the original product, now labeled '3-in-One Multipurpose Oil', these days wearing a black and white label. This debuted in 1894 as a bicycle chain lube, promising to 'clean, lubricate and rustproof', i.e. three benefits in one product. It's one of the very oldest cycling products one can still buy (although I can't promise the formulation has remained the same over the last 125 years.)

original 3-in-one 1894.jpg

As a chain lube in 2019, well, perhaps damning with faint praise, but you could do worse.

3-in-One Motor Oil, bearing a blue and white label, is a fair stand-in for those little bottles of Sturmey-Archer Cycle Oil of yore.

As Americans replaced their bicycles with Model Ts, 3-in-One's marketing department had to convince everyone that the little bottle of 'chain oil' they had in the shed was good for all types of things. From 1935:
oil  3 in one 1935.jpg