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Old 11-01-21, 07:53 AM
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Interestingly, according to Jan Heine's recent posting, Lael Wilcox lubes her chain every single time she stops.

On PBP, I lubed using Smoove over a freshly waxed chain at Loudeac (about 440k and about 750km). I never lube in the middle of a 300k even in rain, maybe I should reconsider. On a 600K brevet, I do lube either at the overnight or if riding straight thru, before it gets dark.
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Old 11-02-21, 04:39 PM
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Not sure about the value proposition of a chain lube you need to reapply at every stop...
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Maybe she only stops every 200 miles?
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No doubt - lubricating your chain is a good idea after riding through a rain shower. Seems like you could carry some lube and use it when you need it.

I don't know what the kids are doing these days.....
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Maybe she only stops every 200 miles?

It is lael after all
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Maybe she only stops every 200 miles?
I wouldn't doubt it, but I'd think long-distance riders would try to eliminate any time-consuming tasks they possibly could. (That works out to at least 3 relubes over the course of a 1200k, for example.)

But if people enjoy relubing that often, who am I to rain on their parade?
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If I sold chain lube I'd recommend reapplying at every stop too.
https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...ch-chain-lube/

Seriously though, if I were doing any of those multi-day races I wouldn't use waxed chains.
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When I add lube to my chain, it takes less than a minute. I do not put a drop on each pin, I just spin the crank backwards, run a steady stream on the bottom section of chain. Do that for about three revolutions of the crank to get every link roller. I readily admit that adding a bit of lube to each pin will do a better job, but I am too impatient for that.

When my drive train gets noisy, I add more. It might not be the most efficient way to get lube in exactly the right places, but it is quick and works for me.

Occasionally I put some kerosene on a paper tower (after putting a medical grade glove on the paper towel hand) and wrap the towel around the chain and turn the crank backwards to wipe off any excess lube and dirt that way. Also do that to clean off the chain ring teeth and jockey wheel teeth with the kerosene on a paper towel. When I use kerosene, I only put it on a paper towel and wipe, I do not want the kerosene to get inside the chain links or pin wear surfaces, as that could dissolve some of the lube on the inside parts of the chain. My goal is to just clean off the outside of the link plates and rollers.

But I suspect we are getting into the kinds of details that will start arguments, that is not my intent so I hope that does not occur.
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But I suspect we are getting into the kinds of details that will start arguments, that is not my intent so I hope that does not occur.
Agreed. I think I've advocated my choices enough for one thread.
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As much as I like wax, I don't think wax is practical for really long touring or long unsupported races like TABR. I thought (without any data) that Rock N Roll Gold squirted liberally to a back pedaling chain did a decent job getting out the junk while lubricating. I used mcDonalds napkins recycled. When it rains, I would relube.....the Rock N Roll Gold doesn't seem to last long. The heavy stuff Jan is selling makes sense for the wet PNW.
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