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    Chain Lube Compatibility?

    I realize I am treading on religious war territory! Sorry!

    I bought the bike used, so I am not sure what chain lube was used in the past. I used Tri-flow Superior Lubricant once (does not seem to be very popular on this board) but may wish to experiment with other lubes in the future (Finish Line Teflon, White Lightning Epic Ride, Finish Line 1-Step). Are the different lubes compatible with each other? Should I use Finish Line 1-Step in between? I do not wish to degrease the chain each time, or for that matter ever, unless I absolutely have to. BTW it is a road bike, and it is now seeing about 70 miles a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haziz View Post
    I realize I am treading on religious war territory! Sorry!

    I bought the bike used, so I am not sure what chain lube was used in the past. I used Tri-flow Superior Lubricant once (does not seem to be very popular on this board) but may wish to experiment with other lubes in the future (Finish Line Teflon, White Lightning Epic Ride, Finish Line 1-Step). Are the different lubes compatible with each other? Should I use Finish Line 1-Step in between? I do not wish to degrease the chain each time, or for that matter ever, unless I absolutely have to. BTW it is a road bike, and it is now seeing about 70 miles a week.
    Compatibility is not an issue. Even if the two lubes were completely immiscible, the one used most recently would eventually displace the other. That said, this is the advantage of solvent-based lubes like ProLink and home brew (1 part oil in 3-4 parts odorless mineral spirits). The solvent will take out anything that is already on the chain and you never need to clean or degrease the chain.

    You are seriously over-thinking this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    You are seriously over-thinking this.
    ^ that. Your chain is compatible with cooking oil Anyhow, if you don't mind oily sprockets and chains but want something low maintenance and all weather, go with 'wet' lubes.

    If you want something a bit cleaner but only for dry weather and has to be reapplied in shorter intervals, go with a dry or wax lube.

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    tri flow is fine. pretty much every lube is good...the only thing i won't ever use is white lightning...worst product ever. as i've said before, i'd use olive oil or spit before i'd put WL on my chain.
    i work for some bike racers...
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    oh, those belong in another forum

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