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Postby Teo del Fuego » 6 years ago

I usually can make it all week without any chain issues because I keep the chain well-maintained before heading out. HOWEVER, sometimes , no matter how much prep you've done beforehand, the chain starts sounding like a cheap set of box springs in a brothel. I then hit it with WD40--not my chain lube of choice in Defaultia-- and everything calms down.

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Postby Catnip » 5 years ago

Just re-lubed my 25-year old clunker which will make its 9th trip to the playa this year. Having started with WD-40 (much to the horror of my campmates) I have settled on a system that works for me. Pre-trip I use white lightning easy clean then white lighening easy lube. The gears will even change on the playa, but I don't test that very often. When I get home I spray it off with water then clean with tons of bio-clean, toothbrush, etc. I then lube with Pedros - the one that is good for wet weather (I live in a rain forest). I think the main thing I do to keep the dear beast running is to ride her several times a year, not just on the playa. Plus I give her a nice new paint job every few years.... (also serves as theft-prevention)

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Postby SnowBlind » 5 years ago

+1 for the White Lightning bicycle chain lube. The dry one also works wonders on zippers, like tent zippers.

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Postby marc17hardware » 5 years ago

From our experience at BRC Hardware, we use a wax based lube such as white lightning as it won't collect playa dust. That seems to work the best and does work wonders on things like zippers also. We recommend against WD40 for various reasons and although it will break stuff up, it tends to collect dust and then you have well lubricated sand in your metal bits. If you don't have a wax based lube, we recommend just using soap and water to wash the chain down to bare metal. Playa by itself will just crush, turn to powder and fall off and even act as a natural lube to some extent.
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Postby Outlier » 3 years ago

teardropper wrote:I clean my chain with Giant Agent Orange Citrus Degreaser. Use a lint free cloth. Then I put on Dumonde Tech, bike chain lube. It's dry and doesn't attract the dust so much.

That sounds like a very good procedure. Dumonde Tech was apparently developed racing motorcycles on the Bonneville salt flats, so it makes sense that it works well on the playa. I read that it uses a synthetic polymer that works best with a very clean (specifically non-oily) chain, so it might not be an ideal solution for someone who isn't going to use a degreaser first.

I've had good results degreasing my chain and then lubricating using an old bottle of Rock N Roll lube on a 21 speed mountain bike for the past 5 burns. Rock N Roll appears to have 3 different lubes now and none of them look quite like the old bottle, which seriously looked like a bottle mud. All 3 are variations of PTFE (Teflon) in petroleum, which makes anecdotal sense as to why it sheds playa well. I also always carefully clean the chain and gears post-burn with citrus degreaser and chain cleaning tool/kit (Park Tool Chain Gang).

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Postby Turtleburp » 3 years ago

White Lightning - we drink that in the UK
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Postby Savannah » 3 years ago

Turtleburp wrote:White Lightning - we drink that in the UK

Yep. Specifically White Lightning "Clean Ride", for playa. Start with a clean chain before you hit the desert.
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Postby gyre » 3 years ago

Turtleburp wrote:White Lightning - we drink that in the UK

So do you consider yourself UKish or australianites? Or both?

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