Greasing, yes, greasing, a chain for wet weather
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    Greasing, yes, greasing, a chain for wet weather

    Any experience with this? I read something several years ago as a good thing to do for muddy mtb races and I just saw this
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    I might be racing in post-snowstorm grit, wetness, and salt on Sat and just might try it out. Would rather not try it out the first time at a race... hence the post...

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    I don't know if i'd use regular park tool bearing grease or anything like that. it'd probably collect more "grit" than anything. Where are you racing?

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    Grease can't replace chain lube. It's much too thick to flow into the spaces that need lubrication. It's put on as a surface protectant after lubing the chain with regular chain lube. The hope is that the surface areas of the chain will not rust and that the chain lube will not wash out during a rain race. Can't hurt.

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    Don't use grease on a chain at all. It is will just muck things up. Don't even use a little. As soon as it gets cold or dirty you will get tight links and bad shifting and noise as the chain goes through the tight bends of the pulleys. It would take a lot to get that chain clean again as well. Pick an appropriate chain lube and wipe the bike down after dirty rides. I like finish line Cross Country Wet lube. It is like a light oil. When you put it on a new chain make sure to remove the packing coating on the chain out of the box. It is like grease and is a magnet for dirt. This lube is thick enough not to wash out but will not collect too much goop. The wet lube wipes clean easliy by running the chain through a rag.

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    Get a big tube of grease used for car bearings. Put a 1/2 cup in the palm of your hand. Run the chain through your hand. Race Paris-Roubaix.

    A mess to clean up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spunout
    Get a big tube of grease used for car bearings. Put a 1/2 cup in the palm of your hand.

    Isn't this the set-up for nearly every 1980's porn flick?

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    I thought about using grease for wet conditions after seeing the cyclingnews pic, as well. I ended up compromising and used DumondeTech Liquid Grease. I dripped it on the rollers just like I would with chain lube, let it set, and then wiped off the excess. It worked really well, although I'm hesitant to use this stuff in dry conditions. The chain almost has a "factory lube" feel to it now. I've heard about other people who get great results with Phil Wood Tenacious Oil, but I've never used it. Is the Phil Wood Oil similar to DumondeTech Liquid Grease?

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    Is the Phil Wood Oil similar to DumondeTech Liquid Grease?
    I don't know what Dumond Tech Liquid Grease feels like, but quite a few people will swear that Phil Wood Tenacious is extremely expensive 90W gear oil. It sure feels like it.

    I've an addendum to the "can't hurt" in my previous post: can't hurt if you clean and relube the chain after the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbrennan
    I don't know if i'd use regular park tool bearing grease or anything like that. it'd probably collect more "grit" than anything. Where are you racing?
    I am racing in Cocksackie, NY....maybe...supposed to be getting 6-12 inches...hmmm...

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    Thanks for the comments. I think I'll try it out with some Valvoline wheel bearing grease...Phil Wood and Park grease is silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjanson
    I am racing in Cocksackie, NY....maybe...supposed to be getting 6-12 inches...hmmm...

    I stand corrected: that is the set-up for nearly every 1980's porn flick!

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    My favorite lube for cruddy conditions is Slick Willy Slush Armor. Not a bad product name either.

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    Yuck. Just use Finish Line Cross Country. Keeps my chain pretty happy on northwest muddy mtb rides.

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