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Discussion: lubricate

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2020-07-18

Jul 19, 2020 9:27 AM # 
Putting oil on a chain is pretty simple, and should be done fairly regularly. You get a "can" of oil, like this:

and put a few drops on your chain while you turn the pedals backwards. Continue to turn them for a bunch of revolutions to distribute the oil. That's all there is to it.
Jul 19, 2020 10:18 AM # 
Yeah, I regularly lubricate my chain. My shifting isn't smooth any more - possibly because my cables are deteriorating. I'd also like to be able to remove and clean my entire cassette.
Jul 19, 2020 3:44 PM # 
My dad's tried and true method for cleaning stuff like that involved an old toothbrush and a coffee can with some gasoline in it. Maybe not a 21st century approach.
Jul 19, 2020 7:37 PM # 
Did the dead raccoon have any innards?
Jul 19, 2020 7:38 PM # 
I've usually read about diesel, but I guess petroleum is a good solvent for petroleum-based lubrication. I once was witness to the mistake of putting paint thinner in a red solo cup; the cup started deteriorating within a few minutes.
Jul 19, 2020 7:56 PM # 
Boris - I guess? I think the body was mostly intact albeit on the road, so I imagine the innards were still inside. Why do you ask?
Jul 19, 2020 10:01 PM # 
Diesel is probably less hazardous, but I think there are friendlier solvents on the market.
Jul 21, 2020 10:01 AM # 
No raccoons in Sweden but I saw a dead Buzzard yesterday in the middle of a gravel road in the forest. I wonder what/who killed it? Someone/something had removed itsĀ“ head and there was a big hole in the chest so this someone/something had probably gotten a meal out of it.
Jul 21, 2020 12:01 PM # 
Anything that dies gets eaten.

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