What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

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What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by Telorast » February 14th, 2024, 3:22 pm

OK, I know the answer is in here, but searches that include the the word "oil" bring up 1000 - 1400 results. I got a used Model D rower. Manual says to use the enclosed oil, but it's long gone. For now I'm a beginner using the rower for 20-30 minute almost every day. So what oil should I get?

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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by Tsnor » February 14th, 2024, 3:40 pm

https://www.concept2.com/service/indoor ... aintenance
"Lubricate the chain with a teaspoon of purified mineral oil, 3-IN-ONE® oil, or 20W motor oil. "

but i find this much easier

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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by Telorast » February 14th, 2024, 10:28 pm

Tsnor wrote:
February 14th, 2024, 3:40 pm
https://www.concept2.com/service/indoor ... aintenance
"Lubricate the chain with a teaspoon of purified mineral oil, 3-IN-ONE® oil, or 20W motor oil. "

but i find this much easier

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Thanks for the list of options. Also thanks for the link-- should have thought to check the site :oops:
The bike chain lube looks like a great idea

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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by Ombrax » February 14th, 2024, 11:05 pm

3-in-1 oil dribbled onto a paper towel.

Done.

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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by Telorast » February 15th, 2024, 12:05 am

Ombrax wrote:
February 14th, 2024, 11:05 pm
3-in-1 oil dribbled onto a paper towel.

Done.
Will get some 3-in-1 tomorrow. All I have is WD-40... even I know better than putting that on the chain :wink:

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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by Ombrax » February 15th, 2024, 12:16 am

More details on how I do it:

(If you don't have one handy you don't have to use a kettlebell to hold the handle, but they are a convenient way to keep the handle extended if you're doing the job alone)

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=207792&p=577283#p577283

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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by c2jonw » February 15th, 2024, 9:00 am

I guess the dry lube or solvent based lube is better than nothing, but I (and C2) wouldn't recommend them. C2 knows that a 20 weight oil works best, and that is what the chain manufacturer calls for.
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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by jackarabit » February 15th, 2024, 7:35 pm

20W (typically described on the bottle as “heavy”) white mineral oil stocked at pharmacies and supermarkets. Food safe, baby-behind safe, safe to put in your ear canals, removes some gum mastic formulations from pill bottles, decent oil finish for wood (rolling pins, cucina spoons)in a pinch, 2-3 bucks a pint bottle. Dry lubes are for roadies and shredders but prolly OK if you don’t mind the outlay. So yeah what Jon says.
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Re: What kind of oil should I get for the chain?

Post by CRO_Express » February 19th, 2024, 9:27 am

90.; 1,95m, 90 kg.

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