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    Quote Originally Posted by SaferRides View Post
    Cheers for that - really interesting...
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    Not a bad video but lubricant getting "pushed out of the way" really needs qualifying. Boundary layer lubrication relies on a molecular film being retained. This is where the additive package formulation comes into its own. Tribology is effin' complicated

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    Not saying what I have but I still like it's grey colour and that it stays on the chain

    Good post, thanks.

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    I used to use various sprays but over time the plates on the side nearest the wheel become dry and start to rust. The Motul spray went on brilliantly but was sticky which meant it stuck to the chain - but so did everything else.

    Since I sometimes mess about with stringed instruments, the thought of putting the bike on a stand and running it in gear while holding an oil soaked rag against the chain, while very effective, can be off putting. Thus the Scott oiler.
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    Chain saw bar oil.... cheap and to stays on...
    well as much as any other oil...

    I put it on with a 12mm paint brush..



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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-blen View Post
    Chain saw bar oil.... cheap and to stays on...
    well as much as any other oil...

    I put it on with a 12mm paint brush..



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    Works great in scott oilers, too.

    A faithful rag soaked in EP90 still works. As recommended on the box the chain came in.

    Regular maintenance is far better than any product on the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-blen View Post
    Chain saw bar oil.... cheap and to stays on...
    well as much as any other oil...

    I put it on with a 12mm paint brush..



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    I've tried 140 gear oil. Needs to be brushed on at this time of year, but that didn't take long. The garage was a bit smelly for a day afterwards - it must have plenty of EP additives.

    It has stayed on the chain for 700 km so far - very little fling on the rear wheel. The test will riding on wet roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaferRides View Post
    I've tried 140 gear oil. Needs to be brushed on at this time of year, but that didn't take long. The garage was a bit smelly for a day afterwards - it must have plenty of EP additives.

    It has stayed on the chain for 700 km so far - very little fling on the rear wheel. The test will riding on wet roads.
    IMHO nothing withstands a few 100kms of sodden wet roads at a decent clip. Add in the road grime (and salt up over) and you have chain hell. It's like being water blasted with a gritty slurry.

    Thinking back to my winter riding in the UK, I would lube the chain almost daily and went back to gear oil because of cost. O ring chains where canned for the same reason. They just did not last, it was more cost effective to whip a standard chain off regularly and cook it in Castrol chain grease. Admittedly a clipped chain.

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    These days I just slowly drip a little engine oil from a dropper onto the chain once a week.

    Keeps it rust free, clean of debris / grinding paste and doesn't flick off or gunk up the front sprocket.

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    Very happy with the 140 weight gear oil but need to find a way to apply it that doesn't involve a paintbrush.

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    I don't think a roller would be very practical, perhaps a Speedbrush?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaferRides View Post
    Very happy with the 140 weight gear oil but need to find a way to apply it that doesn't involve a paintbrush.
    I'm using 90 weight gear oil, got a small 200ml plastic squeeze bottle with a bent tube and a needle nose on the end, apply from front sprocket back to chain roller, (Africa Twin, so no main stand yet) move bike repeat, until chain is covered.
    Works great, apply at least once a month regardless, not a lot of use over winter, but chain looks good and clean and oily all over still!
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    Quote Originally Posted by caseye View Post
    I'm using 90 weight gear oil, got a small 200ml plastic squeeze bottle with a bent tube and a needle nose on the end, apply from front sprocket back to chain roller, (Africa Twin, so no main stand yet) move bike repeat, until chain is covered.
    Works great, apply at least once a month regardless, not a lot of use over winter, but chain looks good and clean and oily all over still!
    why not subsitute the gear oil for chainsaw Chain and bar lube it the same viscosity but far far tackier not too mention likely cheaper as well.



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