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Old 20th April 2012, 09:35   #1171
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Chain maintenance is the most controversial topic in bicycle maintenance and I stated what works for me. I am fine with others to disagree with me as the author of this topic also starts the article clearly stating that this is his opinion.

Having said that this, I feel that one should use oil based on the local conditions where they ride the most.
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Old 20th April 2012, 11:34   #1172
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I use finishline green (for wet condns, bought for hybrid, using the same). Red is ideal for dry conditions

I think relubing within 300-400km is just fine (depending on visible dust). Some roadies comment that ceramic lube (the white bottle) needs relubing in 60-70km

as for ordering, call up the delhi dealers.
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Chain maintenance is the most controversial topic in bicycle maintenance and I stated what works for me. I am fine with others to disagree with me as the author of this topic also starts the article clearly stating that this is his opinion.

Having said that this, I feel that one should use oil based on the local conditions where they ride the most.
Yeah. The alternative to Finishline was stated as Coconut Oil, though it would need cleaning quite frequently but its widely and cheaply available.

Some say, don't use WD40, while the guy whom I bought asked me to use that. Some use engine oil

But completely agree everyone has their own fundas.

I'll try contacting Delhi Dealers!
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I have been cleaning the chain and cassette with deisel and using 'O-ring chain lube' to lube the chain. I don't have much reasoning behind it.
I use this lube for my bike chain and since O-ring chain specific lubes are much better in quality than normal ones, I thought it should be good to the hybrid bike too. Results have been good so far.
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I have been cleaning the chain and cassette with deisel and using 'O-ring chain lube' to lube the chain. I don't have much reasoning behind it.
I use this lube for my bike chain and since O-ring chain specific lubes are much better in quality than normal ones, I thought it should be good to the hybrid bike too. Results have been good so far.
Hi deetee which O-ring chain specific lubes you use.
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Hi deetee which O-ring chain specific lubes you use.
I think any reputed one will do the job. In my case, I use Apache RTR specific one , called 'True Spray'. Costs some 350, I think. After cleaning the chain with diesel, I allow it to drip dry for about 4-5 hrs. Then I spray this lube to the chain. It doesn't accumulate much dirt too.
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Old 20th April 2012, 19:46   #1176
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Thanks a lot guys (aburagohain, phamilyman, muralisk, deetee etc) for the advices. I bought few stuff today, like taillight (Akslen TL60S), gloves,saddle bag and puncture repair kit. Couldn't buy the pump as I was on my bike and it would've been difficult to carry it back. Front light I'll order from Dealextreme and will use a normal torch for the time being.
Rode 12 kms today (according to endomond app) with few breaks. Got a bit tired by the end but not dead tired.. So I guess I can push a bit more later.
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Old 20th April 2012, 22:27   #1177
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I think I am in need of an upgrade now, from the humble steel stead. Have to check if I really need one and then which one.
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I think any reputed one will do the job. In my case, I use Apache RTR specific one , called 'True Spray'. Costs some 350, I think. After cleaning the chain with diesel, I allow it to drip dry for about 4-5 hrs. Then I spray this lube to the chain. It doesn't accumulate much dirt too.
Sir,

Finishline lube costs 260 bucks. Why overspend for something that is not the right item for the job?
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Old 21st April 2012, 15:52   #1179
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Cycle buffs tell me one thing. I have seen so many expensive cycles and all of these come with battery operated lights for the front & the back. Why there is no eco friendly dynamos which power the lights which were present in erstwhile cycles from Hero?
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Old 21st April 2012, 18:50   #1180
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^^ There are dynamo operated lights available but the dynamo is not like the old dynamos that used to be prevalent in those erstwhile cycles. The dynamos are inbuilt into the hub of the wheels. But it's probably due to the fact that rechargeable batteries like 18650 are more powerful and hence much better lighting and so has more following. And these batteries are also not that bad to environment as you'll keep on using them for a long time. Just my opinion, I think experts/experienced guys can throw more light on the topic
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Sir,

Finishline lube costs 260 bucks. Why overspend for something that is not the right item for the job?
Well, my intention was that if finishline is not available then instead of using singer oil or any such 'thin' lubricants, the o-ring chain lube is a good alternative. And I didn't buy that lube specifically for cycle, I use it on my bike and since I found it does better job than 'singer oil' on bicycle chains, started using it. If available, a specialised lube is always a correct choice. And talking about the same, any comments on using a silicone automotive grease, just the right amount, I wonder if it attracts much dirt. I still couldn't find finishline locally.
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My first half century solo:
Did it between 4:30 and 7:30 this morning.
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This morning,now on the new MTB, traced almost the same route that I did on hybrid .
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During the last leg, felt a little tired but overall it was good trip, enjoyed an awesome sunrise by the lake.

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Hey guys, how much should be tire pressure for front and rear tires? The bike in question is Merida Matts 40V and on the tires it's written as 35-80psi. So how much should be the optimum pressure that I should maintain? Using it for road only.
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Kaushik any psi between the numbers you specified will be fine,experiment with different psi and see which your more comfortable with.High psi less rolling resistance but bumpy ride and the opposite for low psi.I have a Scott Sportster 60 with the psi of 50-80,in front tires I use 60psi and at the rear 70psi.
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Thanks Yogi1771 for replying. I'm currently using 40psi for front and 50psi for rear. It was 35 and 45 before I pumped some air yesterday (just wanted to check the new pump )..
BTW, any pointers for a good cycle-comp? I saw few at Decathlon yesterday but didn't know what to buy. And actually do we need it actually? Apart from showing speed and distance what else a cycle-comp should have?
BTW, clocking around only 7-8kms daily. Need to improve on the distance covered, hopefully would be able to do 10-12kms with minimum breaks by end of next week..
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