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Chinese hardware store chain lube substitute?
#1
I am on my first major bike tour and am in the middle of nowhere in China, after 2 weeks of rain and mud, and have run out of chain lube. There is no bicycle shop which will stock syn lube or any other bicycle-specific lubricant for hundreds of miles. What else will work? (considered common vegetable oil but apparently this is bad...)

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#2
Any lubrication is better than none, even furniture "wax".
Thin oil will penetrate the inner parts of a chain but will soon need replenishing.
I have used standard engine oil on my MTB's but it soon gets black.

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#3
@ cycleruk Engine oil works ok but attracts a huge amount of dirt. Im in the process of cleaning my bike of all the dirt now Big Grin
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#4
(03-20-2011, 04:10 PM)los Wrote:  @ cycleruk Engine oil works ok but attracts a huge amount of dirt. Im in the process of cleaning my bike of all the dirt now Big Grin

ya, this always happen in rainy season if you ignore the dirt then it rust the metal part.
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#5
If you can find a molybdenum base spray lubricant, such as

Sprayon Moly Roller Chain & Sprocket Lube
PN: S00202

It foams into the chain to penetrate the links. Then like all oils it evaporates over time, however the "Moly" leaves a residual dry lubricant to extend the life of the application
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#6
muc-off teflon chain lube is good only used it once
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