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    lube?

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    What are your recommendations for lube brands for the bike?

    Local stores seem to have

    http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...ductId=3965291

    Is it any good? is there something else I should look for? Also how often should I lube the chain and the zoom things?
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    The main thing to remember about wax is that your chain has to be spotlessly clean and dry before you wax it. After that, it lasts a long time and I know a lot of people who love it.

    Personally I prefer Pedro's Go! for dry conditions and Pedro's Chainj! for my commuter bike. They're both soybean oil based and non-toxic. Oils of any kind mean more frequent cleaning and re-application than waxes, but you don't have to be quite so scrupulous when you do clean your chain.
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    Good point. The bicycle is only a few weeks old but I've been on the nature trails with it several times.
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    This is what my lbs told me to use, so I do. It cleans and lubes. I wipe my chain down after every ride, and use this every couple rides. Can't believe how much dirt comes off.



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    I started using T9 last year and like it a lot. it keeps my chain cleaner and provides smooth shifting. You do need to apply it to a clean chain, for that job I use the Park tool chain cleaning kit. It takes a bit of work not because it's hard but you have to do it outside or lay down papers and make an effort to change the fluid a couple of times, especially if you have neglected your chain for a long time.

    Using the park tool cleaning kit is WELL WORTH the effort involved. After a through cleaning and re-lubing of the chain I was able to run a white cloth over my chain after several rides and the cloth was clean, no grit, no grime.

    I could NEVER do that with wet lube.
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    How often should I be lubing my chain? I've had my bike for about a year, it probably still has fewer than 100 miles on it (though rapidly increasing now) and I've never lubed it :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by prinessbeca View Post
    How often should I be lubing my chain? I've had my bike for about a year, it probably still has fewer than 100 miles on it (though rapidly increasing now) and I've never lubed it :-/
    I know some people who lube their chain every ride. I lube it every longer ride - or perhaps every 50 miles worth of short rides.

    Learn what a well lubed chain sounds like. If it starts squeaking at all, then it is overdue for lube.
    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by prinessbeca View Post
    How often should I be lubing my chain? I've had my bike for about a year, it probably still has fewer than 100 miles on it (though rapidly increasing now) and I've never lubed it :-/

    I use ProLink on the chain for my road bike, and I lube the chain about every 100 miles. On my mountain bike, I use chainsaw bar oil and lube the chain every other ride.

    If you have had your bike for a year and haven't yet lubed the chain, I would go ahead and lube it now, regardless of the mileage.
    JEAN

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