Mick F wrote:
mig wrote:i'm not sure i'd use something "viscous and tacky" on a bike chain. every damn leaf in the borough plus lots of grit is surely going to stick to it.
That's what I was inferring by my post above.
Mick F wrote:
I'm off to buy some chainsaw oil this afternoon ..................... for my chainsaw.
Chainsaw oil is for chainsaws. It's designed to be biodegradable, be continually fed by the oil pump as it flies off into the undergrowth to some degree. Stuff sticks to it because it's very sticky. It's designed to be as sticky as possible so it doesn't get flung off too much.
Bicycle chain oil/lube OTOH is designed for bicycle chains. It's designed to be non sticky so stuff doesn't stick to it.
If chainsaw oil was ok for bicycle chains, it suggests that a bicycle chain lubricant would be ok on a chainsaw.
I am not proposing to use it instead of a dry wax type lube like White Lightning Clean Ride, I use that kind of lube in dry conditions on my best bikes, but I find it does not last more than 30-40 miles in wet conditions, which is not long enough for me and I do not wish to be fiddling about lubing my commuter's chain mid week.
For the commuter and for all my bikes when used in severe wet weather, I use a bicycle chain lube intended for such conditions such as Finish Line Cross Country or Bikehut Wet Synthetic- the stuff I have just run out of. These are similar in properties and rely on being quite clingy, which is very reminiscent of chainsaw oil, so much so that I cannot help wondering if it is chainsaw oil repackaged and price marked up according to the market expectations*. IMO it is inevitable lubes that stick well to the chain also stick well to other stuff, I do not believe you can have it both ways, whatever the claims of the chain lube peddlers.
*Marketing is powerful stuff: I bet nobody would expect a bike chain lube priced at 35p per bottle to be any good, but that is how much MickF's chainsaw oil at £13.89 for 5 litres works out at for the usual bike lube bottle size of 125ml... and the stuff I have ordered works out at 50p
I solemnly promise to test and assess the chainsaw lube as objectively as I can