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Old 04-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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How often would you recommend adding oil to the chain on my single speed which I ride daily about 6 miles?

And should I clean it before applying the chain oil and if so how should I clean it?

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #4
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does any one use wax lube? doesn't pick up dirt like oil.

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #5
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I prefer a teflon based lube. It is essentially dry and doesn't pick up dirt, even on gravel roads or crushed stone. I apply it once a month or whenever I ride in the wet. When I lube, one drop goes on each roller, then I run the chain while wiping it with a clean cloth until no more stuff comes off.

After every ride the chain gets wiped to where it is clean and dry to the touch. The chain has never been cleaned with a solvent, and after almost 7,000 miles, it still has more than half it's life left.

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If that's Los Angeles,. go with a dry lube. Follow manufacturer's instructions. If that's Louisiana, a wet lube would probably server you better.

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Old 04-04-2012, 02:38 AM   #7
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It is Los Angeles. Thanks for the recommendations. The LBS was offering a chain cleaner to use before applying the chain oil. It sounds like people have mixed opinions on whether this is necessary. Is my take on this correct?

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At six miles/day, temps in the 70s, no rain, if you never lube your chain, but don't leave your bike in the rain, the chain should last 17 years.

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Old 10-09-2012, 02:08 PM   #9
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I live in Florida and ride in the rain constantly. I do 30 miles almost daily. What would you guys reccomend for that?

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I live in Florida and ride in the rain constantly. I do 30 miles almost daily. What would you guys reccomend for that?
Rain strips the oil from your chain and makes it easier for it to pick up debris from the road. That means much more frequent cleaning and lubing requirements. A wax-based lube might be just the thing for your conditions.


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