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Got Myself A New Shop Toy...

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by rideit, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. rideit

    rideit Bob the Builder

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    And I couldn’t be happier with it.
    Bought a 15L ultrasonic cleaner, tried it out with a complete drivetrain today. I was amazed. Ten minutes of sonic vibration at 80 degrees Celsius, and ALL of the caked on grit and oil was GONE. I can’t believe I didn’t have one before in 30 years of shop- ratting.
    Just using water and dish soap.
    Super excellent purchase, anyone else have one?
     
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    canadmos Cake Tease

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    We have one at work and another guy put his stuff in it and it came out sparkling clean.

    I've put parts like that ontop of my clothes dryer before with similar results, though it takes a lot longer...

    I think the only problem is washing out all the lube from inside your chain. Takes a few lubings to get it nice and lubed again.
     
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    One would not want to use it on bearings...
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    True, but one reason that I did this was to try and experiment with a different lube on one of my bikes. I have been using Pro Link Gold for fifteen years (or home brew), but I find it cakes up a little bit.
    Gonna try finish line dry Teflon lube for the summer on the Altitude.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Good point, I did my derailleur jockey wheels, I’ll have to pry the dust wipers and regrease. I totally didn’t think about that.
     
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    rockofullr confused

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    Dry lubes are a scam

    Dumonde Tech Light FTW in dry conditions

     
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    StiHacka Compensating for something

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    I've been thinking about getting a smaller one. What would be the smallest practical size for a bike owner, 5L?
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Depends on the size of your rear cassette, as that is the hardest item to clean manually. My biggest cog is 51, so the tray needed to be 8-9” wide. That’s why I got the 15L.
     
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    Five liters.
     
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    6thElement Schrodinger's Immigrant

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    I'd been thinking of trying a dry lube this year once I've used up my pro gold. I've been using it for a dozen+ years but want to try something that doesn't gunk up from the dry conditions I normally ride in now.

    Squirt was going to be my first alternate as I've got tons of free samples from when I used to race...
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    I've used pedro's dry lube out here for years. It's good if regularly applied.
     
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    slimshady ¡Mira, una ardilla!

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    Spare yourself from it. It simply sucks. A few drops of water and it washes out, leaving the chain as dry as an old woman's orgasm. If you want to go dry, I'd suggest you to try Pedro's Ice Wax or something similar.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    I actually ordered some lite Dumonde Tech to try out instead.
    It’s *apparently* lizard approved...
     
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    Westy the teste

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    How much ultrasonic vibration would get transferred through if one end if a double donger was submerged?

    Asking for a friend
     
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    It's not quite as good in the mud-everywhere conditions as good ole goopy motor oil, but it's lightyears ahead of any dry lube.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Does it accumulate grit/sludge as much as Pro Link Gold in dry conditions?
     
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    It's really "in between" a wet and dry lube in about all categories IMO. It stays pretty clean, but much of this is also lubing and cleaning excess lube, rather than the lube itself. It does well with some mud and occasional water, nothing works for repeated stream crossings and mud-fests other than heavy wet lube IME. It doesn't just disappear in 3 seconds like dry lubes do. You can get some pretty good mileage out if it, several rides usually, before reapplying. According to the marketing peeps back a few decades ago, it is a "polymer-based" lube, rather than oil or wax. I think I had some prolink recently, but I forget what kind. White bottle if I recall. I have some R&R extreme, which generally sucks, except for winter riding on snow in the cold, where everything pretty much works awesome. I have squirt, which is meh, a little better and sticks to the chain better, seems to last a bit longer as long as things don't get bad, but in the summer I only use these on commuters, as they are generally worthless to me for mtb.
     
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    HardtailHack used an iron once

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    canadmos Cake Tease

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    I use this stuff. Doesn't last as long as some wet lubes, but it doesn't gunk up.