Which lube?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by adam2008, 10 Apr 2008.

  1. adam2008

    adam2008 Well-Known Member

    When I got my bike the cycle shop obviously greased it all but now having bike about 150 miles, the grease went all thick and black.
    Any advice on the best type of lube?
  2. dmoan

    dmoan Veteran

    I recommend Finish Line Dry Lube if you usually ride in dry weather. If you ride in all conditions, use Finish Line Wet Lube, then change to Dry Lube during the summer.

    Remember, the key to long life and happiness is to wash your bike and clean your chain regularly!
  3. OP

    adam2008 Well-Known Member

    Is that the one with Teflon in?
    Sorry to sound stupid but I was told to apply it to my chain with my fingers and then wipe off the excess. But how am I putting it on the cassette without getting it everywhere? And is this the best method of lubing up?
  4. dmoan

    dmoan Veteran

  5. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Finish line Pro Road, the ONLY chain lube you'll EVER need, apply it directly to each link, by dropping it from the nozzle, run the chain over ALL the rear cogs and front chain rings, wipe off excess from the chain by turning it whilst holding some blue towel or similar and running the chain through it.(there shouldn't be too much of this as you apply it sparingly in the first place) then re-apply a second application in a couple of days to benefit from the ceramic wotsit stuff it contains...and Hey presto, smooth running clean changing drivetrain, it will go black as it attracts a certain amount of road grime and the metal of the chain and running gear interface (this is perfectly normal. As dmoan points out the key is to keep your drivetrain looking sparkly new, by REGULAR cleaning, this will be dictated by the amount of use/miles/weather conditions, your bike is ridden in.;)
  6. OP

    adam2008 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Guys
  7. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Don't do what I did once and let it drip on to the rear wheel rim, it made for interesting braking...:biggrin:
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    You don't need to oil the cogs (cassette) - just run a rag (old t-shirt) between the sprockets to clean off excess grime.
  9. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    +1 for Finish Line Pro Road from me.
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    +2 for Finish line Pro dry - use it all the time, even comunting in the wet - if it's been really wet on my commute, I'll give the chain a quick squirt at work !!

    It does wash off but it's great stuff !
  11. I use the Finish line Wet (green top) on two bikes and Finish line Pro (Gold top) on the best bike. The latter is a bit more expensive but I'm thinking I might star using it on the second best bike as I've been happy with its performance so far.
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Oil. You need a lubricant between metal moving surfaces, with fatty acids to adsorb to the steel surface.

    Fancy chain stuff does it. Cheap oil does it better.

    There is a lot of pressure on chain links - if 3-in-1 is too low tech for you, try gear oil.
  13. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Don't buy something just because it says it contains teflon, it does absolutely nothing.
  14. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Teflon has a very low friction coefficient. ie, it's slippy.

    Smoking Joe is right though. It doesn't work if it isn't actually in there between the moving parts. Teflon lubricants don't get the teflon stuck to your bits so to speak.
  15. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I do though seem distantly to recall that it is very efficient as an in vivo oxygen carrier. Is Finish Line the new EPO?
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