Dry or wet lube?

p1tse
p1tse Posts: 694
edited January 2013 in Workshop
Newbie looking to look after new bike
Which lube, any preferred brand ?
Also how and how much to apply?
Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm

Comments

  • big_p
    big_p Posts: 565
    dry every time, wet just turns to muck on your chain. finish line dry all the way.
  • p1tse
    p1tse Posts: 694
    big p wrote:
    dry every time, wet just turns to muck on your chain. finish line dry all the way.

    Thanks
    Do you just put a few drops on and wipe over with a cloth?

    What brands ?
    I was in halfrauds and they had pure, muc off and own brand
    Small little bottle
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • big_p
    big_p Posts: 565
    i stick loads on, as much as it will hold and then wipe as much off as possible. your trying to get the oil in between the pins and the rollers, not the outer plates or bits you can see.

    clean the chain with one of these.
    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... 0000000000

    and then lash a load of this on it.
    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... inilube250
  • dwanes
    dwanes Posts: 954
    Finish line, You need to put one drop on each link at the joint. It seems a bit tedious to begin with, but with a bit of practice it is fairly quick. Then give it a wipe after.
    If you are out a lot in wet conditions then use wet lube, I found dry lube didn't offer enough protection.
  • p1tse
    p1tse Posts: 694
    Cool thanks

    Big p
    Perfect and doesn't cost too much

    But how often do you clean chain with that tool and then lube as in this wet weather with a bit of spray I've sprayed down bike with hose and wiped dry
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Dry lube if you leave in the desert, wet lube if you live everywhere else. If your chain goes black, it's because you've put too much lube on - it goes on the inside of the chain, not outside.
    Dry lubes are a marketing scam - barely lasts one ride.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Putting a dry lube on in winter is madness! It's just going to wash off.

    As above - a blob of Finishing Line Wet lube on each link (on the inside of the chain), rotate several times and then wipe off the excess. If you come back from a ride and the chain is black wipe the chain off. Re do it a week later.

    In the spring/summer/autumn I use ProGold Prolink - it's a thin lube with no solids like teflon or wax and it cleans the chain as you ride.
  • islwyn
    islwyn Posts: 650
    In the spring/summer/autumn I use ProGold Prolink - it's a thin lube with no solids like teflon or wax and it cleans the chain as you ride.

    Is it as good as it sounds?
  • I've tried all those Teflon and wax things and they've been rubbish - for me - then I came across Pro Gold via the weightweenies website. So I ordered some up and gave it a go and it’s now the only thing I’ll use on my Super Record group set . It gives you a quiet drive train for a longer period which IMO most of those ‘dry’ lubes don’t do. I’ve gone out on long rides after sticking on some Teflon guff and come home with the chain sounding like tank tracks. Not the case for the old Pro Gold.

    You’re not going to have a permanently shiny clean chain – NO LUBE DOES THAT – but you can get a week’s worth of quiet summer riding before re applying. Just come in from a ride and wipe the days dirt off and the chain will be shiny.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,860
    wet

    i use syn lube, nice sticky stuff, but there are umpteen wet lubes that'll do the job just as well

    leave to soak in, then wipe chain well and it'll stay pretty clean, just wipe again if it starts to pick up dirt
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    do the lubing after the ride as it needs time to soak in
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • i do both :-)
    having removed the chain and cleaned it i bung it in a bag and spray in some dry lube, then leave it to dry while i clean the rest of the bike. wipe off the excess, re install chain then add a very small dab of wet lub to each of the link rollers, wipe off excess.

    why....i feel by limiting the amount of wet lube used to the rollers it reduces the amount of road crap that sticks to the chain leaving it shiny for longer whilst still protecting the whole chain.

    in reality it probabally makes sod all difference but makes me happy
  • ricky1980
    ricky1980 Posts: 891
    I hate wet lube. They attract crap simples. I also use dry club and no they do not get washed off that easily. But I clean and lube once a month.

    But this pro gold pro link stuff might give is a go.

    I dab lube on tooth brush and apply to cassette and chain using that. Obviously all the bits are disassembled in the first place. Then wipe the chain lightly and leave to dry. The cassette gets the same treatment. Leave overnight next to a radiator or rest of the day then assemble and ready to go next.

    Even with dry lube, when I clean my chain it is plenty gregeasy so I don't understand this notion it washes off easy, surely if that's the case I just need to rinse it and wipe then its good...
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