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7/11/11 10:59 P

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I use White Lightning or Finish Line Speed Degreaser interchangeably.
When cleaning the chain I spray section, scrub with a small brush, spray again, and wipe down.
One of the advantages to using a solvent like White Lightning, is that it will evaporate on it's own.
Make sure the chain is all the way dry before applying lube.
Be careful with this product though, it's pretty harsh and "might" ruin some rubber/plastic parts and finishes.
For something less harsh, you can try Finish Line Multi Degreaser.

Finish Line, and Park Tool (and others) have a neat little chain cleaning kit that does a pretty good job. It is a plastic container with roller brushes that you fill with solvent and close around the chain. When you pedal backward the the brushes get in between every link and the solvent doesn't spill (mostly).


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7/11/11 8:26 P

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Now that you mention it, the potential for being in rain or puddles, etc. was one of the reasons my LBS ruled out White Lightning for use on bikes in our area.

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7/11/11 7:47 P

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Love White Lightning, field tested in while I was in the Peace Corps and in dry dusty conditions, I wouldn't put anything else on my drivetrain. If you have wet conditions, though, I might use a different product, though White Lightning makes other stuff (Epic, and something for wet conditions, I think) that I can't vouch for, either way. Good to stop door squeaks, lubricate deadbolts and other locks, too. ;)

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7/11/11 11:16 A

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I apply and wipe 'er down a couple of times either every two longer (40-50 miles or more) rides or 3-4 shorter ones.

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7/11/11 10:34 A

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Perhaps,
I would think if you clean and relube frequently enough...it wouldn't matter as much.
Kind of like putting synthetic in your car but changing it every month.

I am very very bad at maintaining my chain....perhaps if my bike wasn't so close to dying anyway.
besides....the more I maintain my chain, the more it slips over the broken teeth in my chainrings!
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7/11/11 10:18 A

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Sheldon Brown is always informative, but even he doesn't really come forward with a preference for any specific type of lubricant among those made for bicycles. Which makes me wonder if there isn't a tremendous amount of difference in the benefits of one versus another...?

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7/11/11 9:56 A

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Sheldon Brown has a very detailed article (as usual) on the topic of chain maintenance.
sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

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7/11/11 9:34 A

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I am in the Hudson Valley and it is a mountain bike. Although I don't do much single track trails, my rides are mainly on paved trails.

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7/11/11 9:01 A

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However: in my case we're talking road cycling...not sure if you might hear different recommendations for mountain cycling. Also I've heard that your climate may affect the best lubricant for one's bike. In my case I'm in upstate NY where you have ALL sorts of weather.

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7/11/11 8:47 A

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Thanks for your quick response. Wished I had posted prior to buying $15 worth of "white lightning".

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I use Pro Link as recommended by my LBS:

webmountainbike.com/prolinchainl.htm
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They recommend it over the White Lightning type.

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7/11/11 7:04 A

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I'm a novice at maintaining the cleanliness of my mountain bike chain and was advised to use "white lightning" on the chain. Before using it for the first time, I cleaned the chain as best as I could, although there was still some "black" residue showing up on cleaning rag. I then applied the white lightning followed by alternating wipe/apply several times. Should the final wipe-down of the chain produce a more or less a clean rag?

Thanks for any advice you can offer me.
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