Thursday, March 9, 2017

Let's Get Greasy: Lubrication Tips for You and Your Chain


Today I talk about chain lube and maintenance and my slightly informed opinions on the matter.  I also break down a press release from IMBA by the boss, Dave Wiens.

Dave Wiens Press Release on IMBA.com

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5 comments:

  1. I also like the Blue Rock and Roll!!!! which I too got from Michael @ Trailwerks Cyclery last month when he rebuilt my jump bike's fork......

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  2. When we used to have triple chain rings up front, letting the entire system wear became quite expensive, so replacing the chain often created a cheaper operating cost; but there was always a period of loud and gritty re-adjustment as it stretched to fit the slightly worn cogs/rings. When the front derailleur was eliminated, your method of letting everything wear/replace together is less expensive then it used to be and the parts will consistently perform better for longer. Rider style will also affect chain life. A masher will stretch a chain faster then a spinner. Great Podcast! I've been enjoying it.

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    1. Makes a lot of sense Ray--and nice vid at the Germantown bike park :)

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  3. I also use Rock n Roll blue most of the time, but like you said, it doesn't last very long, especially if you have some stream crossings.
    I also like the Dumonde Tech lube, which doesn't stay as clean, but it lasts a lot longer.
    I used to use Pedro's, but I also found that it leaves a thick sticky mess that is very hard to clean off.

    I think that if you replace your chain more often, then your cassette won't wear as much. A worn chain causes accelerated wear on the cassette. If you have an expensive cassette like a SRAM XX1/X01, then it makes more sense to replace a less expensive chain more often.

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  4. Nice tip on the Dumonde, seems useful for longer days in the backcountry...btw my cassette is a Praxis, I didn't think of it as cheap but compared to the SRAM I guess it is!

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