Type of oil for the rower chain

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Re: Type of oil for the rower chain

Postby Ombrax » June 7th, 2018, 8:34 pm

I'm happy to see that bicycle forums aren't the only place folks manage to discussion chain lube ad nauseam.

Thankfully, here we don't have to deal with the guys who preach that it's best to rotate through multiple cassettes as one changes chains, to be sure you don't have a wear mismatch between the two.

To quote Emerson, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
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Re: Type of oil for the rower chain

Postby froque » June 13th, 2018, 2:40 am

I use C2 oil only.

There are many other oils that can be used, but check this out:

Motor oil and many other oils stink, you do not want to have that smell indoors, nor do training sessions breathing this air.


I degrease/clean my chains perhaps once every two years by taking it out and dipping it in alcohol. But regular maintenance I do as indicated by C2, And my C2 oil bottle lasts for very long time.
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Re: Type of oil for the rower chain

Postby blues_ » June 13th, 2018, 9:12 am

froque wrote:Motor oil and many other oils stink, you do not want to have that smell indoors, nor do training sessions breathing this air.


I'm using some leftover Bel-Ray motorcycle oil and there is no discernible smell whatsoever. It goes on clean, doesn't fling and works a treat.

We're talking about a pretty small amount of oil being applied to the chain, if done properly.
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Re: Type of oil for the rower chain

Postby Dancer Don » June 15th, 2018, 5:48 am

I noticed Accel 60318 is a non-detergent SAE 20 100% mineral oil, sold in quart bottles, and I was planning to give it a try sometime.
There's a seller on ebay selling a bottle for $18.75 with shipping, though amazon occasionally has a box of 12 avail for around $35 (3 gallons!).

12 bottles would be a lifetime supply of chain/small tool oil :)

With an old chain I noticed the wipe on paper towel method didn't seem to have much effect, and I only noticed improvement when I started adding drops to individual links. With 12 quarts I can afford to soak the chain overnight every time I oil it :)
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