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post #1 of 12 Old 04-26-2015, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lubing chain after a ride in the rain

After getting home riding in the rain or wet conditions, is it better to lube the chain right away or wait a night until it drys out more?


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post #2 of 12 Old 04-26-2015, 05:20 PM
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If you are running a Quality 'o'-ring chain, it probably doesn't matter much.
The 'o'-rings seal the water OUT of the important rivet to inner bushing area, also seals any potential Dryer (WD-40)/Lubrication OUT of the same area.

If one was running an OLD Fashioned non-'o'ring chain, using WD-40 to displace the water from rivet-bushing area would have been advisable.

Hopefully, you do not try to run 'that-cheap' of chain.

But, tilting the bike and giving even a High-Quality 'o'-ring chain a good drowning of WD-40 can not hurt it! Reduces external side-plate surface rust!
And dries/lubes the rollers. How many chain miles gained? I've no way to know.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-26-2015, 05:26 PM
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Good answer above. I'd add - if you're going to lube it, clean it and it won't be an issue. Kerosene, WD40 - I'm not trying to start a war! But wipe it down, clean it, and lube it, water be damned. Good to go.




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post #4 of 12 Old 04-26-2015, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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I put a RK 520 GXW Series Gold on it which I understand is a good chain, I just want it to last the longest.


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post #5 of 12 Old 04-26-2015, 05:35 PM
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Water Displacement #40 (WD-40) or Kerosene, This afternoon! Chain lube of choice, tomorrow or even day-after-tomorrow!

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So the WD 40 or Kerosene is the more time sensitive to prevent rust, and lube it perhaps after a short ride in the morning to warm it up is how I am reading this.

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post #7 of 12 Old 04-26-2015, 06:04 PM
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My opinion? Your situation falls into the category of "Not Worth Worrying About."

As long as your chain was lubed before, I don't think it really matters. It's not like some water is going to wash off what lube you had on there. If it does, you're using the wrong lube.

Can't imagine you don't have an 0-ring chain.

Some guys completely immerse their chains in water crossings and ride for miles and miles afterwards.

I don't think it's an issue. The most you might get is some unsightly rust on your side plates if they weren't previously coated with some kind of "distillate."

I'm not much into chain threads and have nothing to back this up, but with 0-ring chains, my theory is that somebody who never even cleans or lubes their chain will still get 75% of the chain/sprocket life of somebody who does so on a regular basis.

Unless you apply it prior to every ride, I don't think there's any product out there that provides continuous lubrication between the rollers and sprocket teeth. It's either going to cook/fling off or attract dust and grit to the point where you don't really gain anything by using it. If you've got a ring chain, no worries about internal wear because no water or dirt should ever get there in the first place.

Again, I have no data to back up my theory. I do think chain lube is more critical on high-performance bikes where the chain is really stressed and taking a load and where attracted dust and dirt isn't really a concern.

I may be wrong. I dunno. I've got 15,000 miles on my stock chain with the 500-mile interval and both chain and sprockets are just fine. Would I intentionally never clean and lube it? No, I can't bring myself to do that, but I figure every 500 miles is good enough.



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Correct, procedure.

But I personally don't get that fussy. Plus or Minus, how many miles? Who can track IT? I can't.

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+1 "My opinion? Your situation falls into the category of "Not Worth Worrying About."

Paul doesn't know spit about rain and chains. He lives in Wyoming and it never rains there. :-)

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I actually like riding in the rain, especially on a KLR. With good rain gear of course. I used to enjoy the riding / hated the polishing on a road bike.

I like to practice my evasive maneuvers and emergency braking, in the rain.
Just in case I ever get to go to Chilliwack, BC or New Hampshire.

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