The designers of Chain-L No. 5 took a different approach to formulating the ideal chain lubricant. While properties like external cleanliness may seem important, the fact is that internal wear of the 112 overloaded, overworked, and overlooked bearings is what destroys chains. A road cyclist, riding first-tier equipment, will typically wear a chain out in as little as 50 hours of use -- often destroying the cassette or chainrings in the process. On a high-end bike, drivetrain wear is the most expensive maintenance cost per mile.
That's why, when developing Chain-L, they approached it as a bearing-wear problem and formulated it consistent with the theory of how chains wear and how best to combat it. They then road-tested with racers, messengers, shop staff, and others; refining it over the span of almost a year before they began selling to the public in the fall of 2007.
Sold in a 4-ounce bottle.
See www.chain-l.com for more information and application instructions.
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I cleaned my road bike's chain and put this on as per instructions and WOW, what a difference. My chain is incredibly quiet. Whisper quiet. My friend (an even more avid cyclist than I) put some on his chain and went on a 30 mile ride between classes at college. The next day he told me that his chain worked so well that he didn't notice that he had a flat for at least 10 miles. Some people claim that it smells, this is true at first, but after letting the chain air out it is fine. I keep my bicycle in my dorm room 3 feet from my bed and my room has NEVER smelled like the oil. The good: quiet chain, looooooooooooong lasting, rust prevention if used correctly The bad: I don't have more bikes to put it on, smells like chainsaw oil during application (it isn't chainsaw oil, though, and the smell doesn't last)