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    Smile Dry lube / wet lube

    I've always used Finish Line Wet lube - the green one...er apart from being dry what's the difference between wet and dry and should I be using the red one, dry lube?


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    There is no such ting as a daft question (although I admit Ross managed a few).

    Both of those lubes are excellent.
    Wet lube is thicker and resists removal by water and mud. Dry lube is thinner and sets dry, so it doesn't attract or retain dust. After application, move through the gears whilst rotating the pedals to assist penetration of the oil into the links. The instructions then say to wipe off the excess, which I do, but only after leaving the oil to soak in for a few mins.

    If I haven't ridden the bike for several days, and the weather is wet lube weather, I always apply some more lube as above before I go ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_sordy View Post
    There is no such ting as a daft question (although I admit Ross managed a few).
    A FEW?????


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango View Post
    A FEW?????


    You are too kind. He was a pain in the ass
    But he did add a little extra 'colour' to the forum.

    As for lubes, I have tried both wet and dry and I prefer wet all year round. Maybe if I lived in Arizona I might switch to dry, but for me it didn't give sufficient protection. But then my dry was Muc Off and my current wet is Finish Line, so it's not a direct dry/wet comparison.

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    I love talking about wet lube....
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    fella I know swears by using grease from his grease gun?? Smears it on with a cloth
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveMTB View Post
    fella I know swears by using grease from his grease gun??
    :shocked:

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    I read an article on the KMC web site where they recommend that you don't wash your chain with degreaser as you will wash all the grease out of the links, they recommened wiping the chain or in extremely dirty conditions a wash with a mild detergent, then wipe dry and oil. While I can see that working in the summer and dry conditions, don't think it will work in the current condition some how.
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    I run 2 chains for each of my bikes. Ever 2 weeks or so I slap the clean one one. The old gets cleaned with a stiff brush in a bowl of white spirit, then hung to dry. It then gets soaked in hyoid oil For a week and then hung for the excess to drip off.

    The oil is designed to withstand the pressures of meshing gears in a cars differential, so a chain is light work. It doesn't fling, and it's dirt cheap. Never had to replace a chain, chain ring or cassette through wear.
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    Surely a chain will eventually stretch, it'll just take longer if you're swapping between two? Which then wears the cassette and chainrings?

    I think you're just putting off the inevitable?
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