What kind of oil for a bicylce chain?

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  1. clovis

    clovis Well-Known Member

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    Just curious what kind of oil to use on a bike chain?

    I just bought a $600 Trek bike for $12 at an auction. Would like to get it up and running well.

    All the years I grew up, we just used whatever we had on hand. I have used whatever was handy all my adult life. Anything from 10w40 to WD40.

    Is there a correct oil to use?

    Sorry to ask a stupid question.
    clove
     
  2. scott

    scott Well-Known Member

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    hey nice find !!!

    motor oil or chainsaw bar oil always works great for me.
     

  3. JV

    JV Well-Known Member

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    I think it depends on what amount of maintenance you want to do. You can use any basic motor oil, although I would keep that on the lighter side. If you want your chain to stay lubricated longer and concerivable last longer as well, you could splurge for some "bike lube". My favorite is tri-flow, about $4 for a little bottle with a handy applicator tube. When I was bike touring in France, I used butter.
     
  4. Red Devil TN

    Red Devil TN Well-Known Member

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    Find yourself a place that sells aerosol chain wax (motorcycle shops typically). You'll never go back.
     
  5. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Mama used to get mad at me for using her 3 in 1 sewing machine oil. Best stuff for bike chains I ever found.
     
  6. Naughty Pines

    Naughty Pines Active Member

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    Best bet, Call a bike shop.
     
  7. dodgetkboy78

    dodgetkboy78 Active Member

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    The chain wax is real neat stuff! The dirt wont stick to it!
     
  8. ChickenTracy

    ChickenTracy Well-Known Member

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    I've always used the 3 in 1 oil as well.
     
  9. comfortablynumb

    comfortablynumb Well-Known Member

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    royal purple full synthetic racing motor oil, its only 7 bucks a qt.

    lol

    oil is oil for a bike chain.... light machine oil [3n1] is fine.
     
  10. Clifford

    Clifford Love it, or leave it...

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    I wouldn't use WD-40 on a bike chain. It is a quick fix, but it will usually make the chain rust faster than not, seeing that it is water based.

    I know that ATV dealers sell chain spray for that purpose, so peuhaps you should call a TREK bike shop. I recovered a stolen TREK bike in a previous life and realize their value... so it pays to be sure.......
     
  11. Wildtim

    Wildtim Well-Known Member

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    could try miltec its a bake on dry lube, for guns but no residue to attract dirt and the will send you a free sample it seems to prevent rust well for me.
     
  12. tallpaul

    tallpaul Well-Known Member

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    Not to be silly but I don't believe water is an ingrediant in
    "water displacement"-40 and it sure lights easy wth a flame contact...

    it is petroleum based, the issue of quick rust lies in the fact that there are no oils with staying power in there.

    oh and here is the msds specs

    http://www.wd40.com/Brands/pdfs/msds-wd40_bulk.us.pdf