@DP, it was chilly down here this morning - got down to 63 overnight. I waited for the sun to come up so it would warm up a bit before I started my ride. Yes I know, I'm a wimp but at least I'm a warm wimp :-)
up to 12 at 5 am as I left ,better then the -2s and low lows of 4 to 6 - bike lanes still a mess and our river (the Truckee ) is now frozen shore to shore which did not happen til late Jan. last year and fairing fogs over from heat of legs and the challenges of riding in these last few days before winter sets in leads me to thoughts of an old guy smiling down in Fl. Ride on L.W. MAKE A SAFE BIKE BETTER! D.
I am currently completing a test of chains of different makers. My protocol is to use a wax based lube due to sand and to apply it once a week at the end of a ride. After letting it dry i wipe the chain off since the exterior plates just spread the lube to the cassette and derailleur wheels. I change the change when the park tool shows .50 or more stretch. 1. Sram 1800 miles per chain for two units. 2. KMC Chain 1900 miles per chain for two units. 3. Wipperman 2850 miles for first chain with second chain put on December 1.
The Wipperman, if you can get it at a good price is really good. After the Wipperman I wil be test the Shimano ultegra 6700. Also, I would never ride a chain with more than .75 in stretch due to cassette damage.
The Wax based lube is White lightning. I do it at the end of the ride since heat of use opens a chain to let the chain penetrate according to some 'experts'. It does make sense to me.
@Brad, the lubing I did last night was a two-pronged effort. The pivot points on the deraulleur were sticking in the extreme cold yesterday morning, so I obviously needed to refresh them. The chain was simply a quick and dirty way to flush the road salt/guck off of it till I can give it a proper cleaning. The White Lightning Epic Ride is a light, synthetic lube that literally flows like water, but penetrates and holds really well. I've had really good service with it. The difference this morning was 'night-and-day'.
September winners have been drawn!!! Up for grabs: a cruiser bike courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company, three bikes courtesy of Trek, and much more!
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