A New Best Chain Lube - CRC No. 03055

Discussion in 'Trials' started by motobene, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Interesting the fan club of WD-40. Sounds like it leaves just enough lube after sling-off and evaporation behind to prevent squeaky-dry chain. When you say 'apply more frequently', how frequently?

    With the CRC Food Grade, I apply the day before a 2-day event, then again the afternoon after day one, though for some event conditions it would last all weekend.

    When I return home the afternoon/evening of day two, or early next day, I pressure wash the bike(s). The greasy areas like the chain get a 5-minute soaking of degreaser, then I blast off the scum. I can't get all of it, but what I can do resets the chain somewhat.

    The bike (s) get blown off with air pressure, started, then killed. I let the chain dry out and apply lube later, giving some dry time for the evaporants to go to Kansas or Texas :-)
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  2. heffergm

    heffergm Been here awhile

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    I WD40 my chain either after I wash the bike (usually after an event) and/or if there's a big gap between washing for whatever reason (usually no mud... yay!) I lube it maybe every couple weeks. I usually practice about 6 hours a week (two three hour sessions). I've never had a chain get dry/sticky using WD40, and I've never had one start making noise. My GG has 140 hours on the original chain.
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  3. alpineboard

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    For me , WD40 just about every 2 hrs of ride time. First , wipe the chain with a rag to clean it, then give it the dose of WD40, just enough, on the side plates, lightly with a pass for each side. The newer Wd40 is more of a foam application compared to the older stuff, that was all liquid, the newer foam stuff is easier to apply.
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  4. heffergm

    heffergm Been here awhile

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    Mine isn't foam at all. I buy it in a big quart container and put it in a hand spray bottle. Easier to prevent it going where you don't want it than the compressed air cans.
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  5. alpineboard

    alpineboard Been here awhile

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    a4b3d8eb-d17d-42d8-83fb-74a5e2fc1a70_1_84df3e1b2ba70499d33fce4543a8b7ee.jpg This is the Walmart brand for $1.97, Figured I'd give it a try and was very surprised at the results. After riding the Belray clean chain lube for about 30 minutes, getting about 4 turns , I applied this "lubricant", and was getting 7.5 turns on the rear wheel , when forcefully spinning it by hand. I put a piece of tape on the tire , so the revs can be counted. With wd40, was getting 5.5 to 6.0 turns at its best. This "lubricant" is similar to wd40, just a little bit thicker, but still pretty thin stuff. . Rode it for 30 minutes, slow and a brief high speed and it felt good, pulling clutch here and there to feel the chain glide on up and downs. Got it back and it did 8.0 full turns. !!! And when applied, I only used a very small amount.

    Now to compare it to CRC No. 03055
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  6. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    The idea of 'best chain lube' is bogus, really, because 'best' is subjectively derived. What matters most to us determines what we consider to be best.

    What do we value most?

    If it is strict cleanliness, we won't mind riding to a chorus of squeaks. The best chain lube will be humidity and we will accept accelerated chain and sprockets wear.

    If it is low friction with little sticky-type residue, we will prefer light lubricants or solvent/lubricants like WD-40. We will accept sling-off, speckling, and short lubricant life.

    If it is maximum chain and sprockets life, a purpose-built chain lube with evaporants that flee, leaving behind stickier lubes and waxes. We will accept the burden of more cleaning.

    'Pick your nectar and live with the poison' is an applicable phrase for chain lubes (or their lack), as one cannot have it all.
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