Any legitimate scientific studies on varying chain lubes?

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  1. fishugly

    fishugly Been here awhile

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    Everyone has their favorites that they swear are the best.... and there's tons of anecdotal evidence. Not to deride this evidence or other knowledge, but with as many chain lubes on the market, and as many chains are in use around the world on the many different pieces of machinery and equipment, I'd think there'd be some tests to put what seems like a regular debate to rest.

    Good or bad, back in my young MX days, I wired brushed the chain (non o-ring) then spayed copious amounts of blue Bel-Ray on. In recent yrs, I've used diesel to clean my chain then I soaked it in heavy weight motor oil, as per the manual.

    I'd like something less messy though, less time consuming, something that won't fling a bunch of oily gunk on to my riding clothes and gear when touring hundreds of miles from home.

    Maybe at the end of the day, the exact lube matters less then simply keeping the chain clean and lightly lubed with something. The thought of a small can of WD40 doing both sounds awfully tempting considering my minimal luggage on backcountry tours, availability, versatility, and low cost. But it's a "water displacement" and not a "chain lube".... and I know many people think it's a really dumb idea. Others think not. Where's the science to prove it either way.... or any "chain lube" for that matter?

    (I watched one Youtube vid stating WD40 didn't degrade the o-rings but didn't consider it overly scientific).

    Open to suggestions... something that isn't messy that comes in a small container. Dry lube with teflon? A wax based lube? Non-spray lube? ??
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  2. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube

    (dries white-ish gray, no fling) It's what I use after a chain cleaning, and then I apply it every several hundred miles or so.
    Once in 500-600 miles probably just fine, but I am a tad fanatical. I get it local to me at Bob's Cycle (see the web) and they offer it in two sizes, or Dennis Kirk, Amazon, etc.

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    https://www.denniskirk.com/bel-ray/...XACh3UVwDOEAQYASABEgIiIvD_BwE&ad=244288898343

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  3. oldenuf

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    No testing here, but for off-road use with lots of dirt, dry and wet, I have gone to the dry formulas. Which don't make as much of a grinding compound out of the dirt and lube. Sprocket and chain wear is way down and staying in good shape. Nice thing is not near as much fling off the chain and a lot cleaner, especially around the cases and counter shaft sprocket. Have mainly gone with the Honda Pro with moly, also the Bel Ray super clean.
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  4. Navin

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    No lube is good lube.
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    Over the years I have used a lot of different brands and types of chain lube from several manufactures. Some were obviously better then others but one brand seems to stick out for lasting the longest plus being the cleanest and easiest to apply. Liquid Performance Premium Chain Lube. Sadly it seems to be discontinued and hard to find. I bought a few cans off ebay last year for to much money!

    In the past it seems like I was always cleaning my chain and reapplying lube which would always fling off making a mess. With this stuff you clean the chain and apply it and then you are good for the next 600 to 800 miles and typically you don't always need to re clean and you can just spray another coating of chain lube on. This is my unscientific observation using many brands over the years!

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    Any studies would probably be in an environment where the chain is not being constantly doused with dirt and sand.

    WD40 works great if you are a fair-weather rider. I don't use anything more than that offroad except on multi-day trips when the bike will be sitting out.

    Even onroad, I don't think anything less than a continuous oiler has any real effect on reducing sprocket wear. But there I use a heavier lube so I can be really lazy about maintaining it.
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  11. Navin

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    Slather grease up n down your exposed male fork leg and go ride around in the dirt.

    Then apply science and get back to us. It is not 1970.
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    CHAIN LUBE THREAD? WOW! WE NEEDED MORE OF THESE! I'M IN! :fpalm
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  14. Navin

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    Supposings I dew wanted to changing my chain lube, where can I find a wrench to fit the chain drain bolt and is it some crazy metrical size or what?
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  19. Navin

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    You should use a chain kettle so it audibly whistles when its boiling. Or a microwave.
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