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Motorcycle chain lube

PeeDeePeeDee Posts: 88
edited June 2010 in Workshop
Motorcycle chain lube (spray on dry lube) looks similar to bicycle dry lube but costs much less.

Has anyone tried this for bicycle road chains? Anyone know why it wouldn't work as well, or nearly as well as Finish Line lube etc.


  • topdudetopdude Posts: 1,557
    I suggest you try it, if it is good enough for motor bikes then it can't be bad for a humble pushbike :wink:
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  • kettrinboykettrinboy Posts: 613
    As a motorcyclist for 30 years ive tried many chain lubes and the one dry lube i used on my motorbike i thought was rubbish, one 50 mile ride in the wet and it had completely washed off the chain, so i went back to wet lubes again, on a cycle chain in the dry it would probably work, ive tried motorcycle wet lubes on my cycle chains but its too thick and makes the shifting too sticky so its best to stick with proper cycle chain wet lubes.
  • andy162andy162 Posts: 634
    Motorcycle chain "lube" is a bit of a red herring. Most motorcycle chains lubricate themselves. The "lube" either wet or dry is designed to stick to side plates to keep them from rusting. I reckon it might be a bit thick to properly penetrate the links of a bike chain.
  • rakerake Posts: 3,204
    surely thats what the solvent is for. i use holts spray lube and wipe the excess off. it never comes off from riding.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Motorbike chains are 'O' ring sealed, or other more elaborate type seals, to keep the pivot points lubed.
    The spray lube is applied, more for external lubing than internal.
    M/bike spray lubes are way too heavy, to be used on a road bike... Very waxy.
    Likewise, bicycle chain lubes are far too light for use on M/bikes...
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  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    hopper1 wrote:
    Motorbike chains are 'O' ring sealed, or other more elaborate type seals, to keep the pivot points lubed.

    not necessarily all of them - just the ones labelled 'o' ring, or 'x' ring. A lot of competition bikes still use standard, non-sealed chains, as there is a belief that the sealed chains will contribute to a small amount of power loss through the transmission..
  • PeeDeePeeDee Posts: 88
    Thanks for the responses. Good point about the sealed O ring chains being different to bicycle chains.
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