Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Epic ride plans and chain lube test

Tomorrow I hope to do my longest Moonlander (Fat Bike) ride yet. I will start on the north end Port Washington, WI, riding along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and hopefully take me as far north as Kohler-Andre State Park, just south of Sheboygan. Since the ride will be on the beach all the way, I've been contemplating what is the best chain lube to use when running through sand. After speaking my concern with Mike, a coworker (who is also a first rate mechanic with a pro cycling team), it seems I have a couple options that might work.

Mike mentioned that some Belgium cyclo-cross riders use talcum powder on their chains when racing in sandy conditions. It sounds interesting, since any kind of wet lube would obviously let the grains of sand just stick to the chain and turn into a highly abrasive paste.

My second option to consider would be kind of a unique chain that is actually supposed to bond to the metal of the chain links and last longer than most other lubes without attracting dirt the way most chain lubes do, especially the wet-style of lubes. So after doing a thorough cleaning of the chain in our shop's ultra-sonic parts cleaner, I applied a small amount of the Dumonde TECH Lite chain lube. Thank you, Mike, for supplying me with a free test bottle!

Tomorrow we roll the beaches!

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