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Drive chain lubrication
« on: 08.07. 2016 12:01 »
Hi,

Does anybody remember using a tin of chain lubricant that you heated up so the wax went to liquid, and then you dropped in your chain to let the liquid soak in to the link rollers and after about 15 minutes you took the chain out and hung it up for the wax to harden. I can't remember the name of the product but it sure did lubricate the chain well and didn't fly off everywhere. I would love to find some to use again.

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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #1 on: 08.07. 2016 12:05 »

 Fairly sure it was Duckhams, but I never personally used it. I had a look for it not so long ago, and I think I found it still available, but under a different name. Shipping to Oz was prohibitive *conf*
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #2 on: 08.07. 2016 12:07 »
Linklife
Duckhams Chain Wax

A bit hard to come by now days as it is all spray ons for O & X ring chains.

A tub of lanolin grease and a bag of graphite is the closest things I have been able to cobble up.
Seems to work reasonably well but will melt a bit and fly off on very hard rides on hot days.
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #3 on: 08.07. 2016 12:12 »

 I did a search for "Duckhams", and Trev rounded me up, but I found this;
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« Reply #12 on: 06.09. 2014 00:07 »

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For real longivity you need to buy two or more chains so that you can have one chain on the bike and a nice clean lubricated one ready to replace it.
I use a 3 chain rotation, 1 on the bike, 1 in the grease tin and one in the degreaser.
I boil the chains in Duckhams ( similar to Linklife ) and strongly recommend this method.
Chains are dead easy to pull through by connecting old to new and pulling through.
Sprockets on the other hand are a right royal PIA to replace so it becomes a no brainer.

By regularly removing the chains and cleaning them thoroughly you actually look at them properly so will catch any problems before they catch you out and reward you with a long push home
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #4 on: 08.07. 2016 12:14 »
You mean like this
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #5 on: 08.07. 2016 13:13 »
And always a hit boiling it up in your Ma's kitchen.
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #6 on: 08.07. 2016 13:20 »
I would suggest using two WD40 products. The first that I use is their chain cleaner, much better than kerosene, as it dries a lot quicker. Then spray with their chain wax & LET IT DRY before riding. This ensures no fling. I have been quite happy with these products that were recommended to me. I am not employed (too old) or in any way connected with the company.
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #7 on: 08.07. 2016 14:04 »
To be honest I just spray mine very occasionally with whatever is to hand. I'm just not doing the mileage to get overly concerned.

I've got a Scottoiler fitted on the ZRX - it came with it. It's probably just me but I have it pegged pretty much as junk. It either feeds none at all, or uses the whole reservoir in just a couple of miles. And their oil gives the appearance of begin water soluble. 
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #8 on: 08.07. 2016 20:20 »
I've been using steam cylinder oil.

Messy, but it keeps the chain oily for longer than most things.

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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #9 on: 08.07. 2016 21:29 »
I find the gearbox seal and oil tank breather and the crankcase breather oil my chain quite well *eek*.
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #10 on: 09.07. 2016 13:45 »
HI Everyone,

Yes I forgot to mention my Mothers anger at stinking the place out, but I did get my chain lubricated. ( no O rings in chains back then ) My present chain does not have them either so I have a tin of Putoline Chain Wax coming my way. Thanks for all the feedback it does bring back some good memories.

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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #11 on: 09.07. 2016 20:00 »
Sure was a mesy job, my old Mum was never keen on me using her large saucepan on top of the cooker, I now use Castrol Chain Spray.
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #12 on: 10.07. 2016 11:15 »
Drag the BBQ under the Hills hoist.
Make a U loop and bend both ends over to hang on one of the crossbeams
Feed a piece of small wire through the last roller ( not the pin hole ).
Place chain in a serpentine fashion on top of the grease & heat.
When melted, use the piece of wire to lift the chain out of the grease, thread it through the loop on the Hills hoist then pull it through to the 1/2 way point.
Allow chain to hang down doubled.

wait 5 minutes for the chain to dry off the rotate the Hills hoist the the next arm and repeat the sequence with the next chain.

When the grease has cooled & hardened start to undo the hangine chains and place them on top of the grease so you will know where to find them and they will not get dirty
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #13 on: 10.07. 2016 12:50 »
how stuff changes - just changed my car, Fiesta with 1.0 ecoboost engine (geez it's quick, sees off my previous 1.6 sports Focus).
Any way to the link (boom boom) it uses a rubber OHC belt that runs in oil (change at 150,000 - if I'm still around)
Bought a big flat tin of Putoline for the bikes, have yet to use it !!! don't ride enough - right
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Re: Drive chain lubrication
« Reply #14 on: 10.07. 2016 15:11 »
Drag the BBQ under the Hills hoist.
Make a U loop and bend both ends over to hang on one of the crossbeams....
I needed to research Hills Hoist.