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Graphene Chain Oil

FAQ Graphene Chain Oil

Bicycle oil is a wet lubricant or a liquid that is interposed between two parts that move against each other and thus minimize friction, the lubricant creates a separation between the two parts, for example the chain and the sprockets, avoiding friction. It could be said that it is the chain oil that rubs against itself as it is a more or less viscous liquid. In addition to avoiding or reducing wear due to friction, a good bicycle chain oil should protect against corrosion, humidity and the appearance of rust.

 

In the market we can find these two formats.

Oil spray for bicycle

Applying oil in spray form has the advantage that we can reach hidden places and with more precision than with liquid, since it comes out under pressure and in small drops, so it will penetrate better into all the parts to be lubricated. The chain oil comes out in the form of an aerosol, that is, small particles of oil that diffuse and impregnate the entire surface of the chain or other parts of the transmission.

Liquid bike chain oil

The advantage of the liquid format is that we can use much thicker oils designed for high water environments, but this type of oil does not penetrate into all the holes of the transmission, so using a less dense oil with graphene is a better solution.

We have two main differentiations of bicycle chain oils, the first would be by their use, dry, wet or all-weather, and the second would be by their additives, graphene, Teflon or Ptfe, graphite and silicone.

Differences between bike chain oil and its use in dry, wet or all-weather conditions.

Without going into details of the actual composition of the oil and its additives, the main difference between a bike chain oil designed for wet and dry use is its density, the density of an oil for greasing the bike chain in the rain is that it is very thick, so it forms an outer layer that repels water and will last much longer in wet and humid conditions.

On the contrary if we use this chain oil with powder, it will create a paste producing the opposite effect to the lubricated one, because of its density it is an oil that is difficult to reach all the necessary points, it stays more on the surface. On the other hand, an oil for bike chain and dry use, is a very liquid oil, penetrates very well in all parts, gets dirty little, but does not resist water very well, being so liquid the water can drag it.

Then there is the bike chain oil "All weather", it is an intermediate oil, it gets dirty with dust more than the dry oil and less than the wet oil, at the same time it resists water. This oil is a very good option as mtb chain oil for mountain rides, such as in the Pyrenees or Picos de Europa, since the roads will not be too dusty, we will have to cross rivers and it usually rains or there is high humidity.

The good thing about all-weather bike oil is that you can also lubricate other parts of the bike, especially if it is a spray bike oil, we can use it on pedals, springs, bushings etc.

Bike Chain Oil with Graphene, Teflon, Graphite or Silicone

Normally the oil is an additive base with various products depending on its use, the most common additives in a bike chain oil are:

Bike chain oil with graphene

This additive is the most advanced of the moment, one could say that it is almost futuristic, we have been seeing it in tires, bike frames and now in bike chain oil. The advantage offered by graphene in a bicycle chain oil is the hardness and size of its molecule, the graphene molecule is 200 times more resistant than the hardest steel, much lighter and one of the smallest.

The oil works as an intermediate layer between two moving metals, when that oil disappears or is degraded by use, there is a layer of "very hard balls" of graphene that act as a separating layer, the graphene is introduced and fills all the micro craters of the metal thanks to its very small molecule leaving a completely smooth surface, when that layer of graphene disappears or is mixed with dirt is found with two layers of super smooth metal.

This means that when two metals are in contact, their surfaces are so smooth that it cancels out the sandpaper effect reducing wear and tear, plus the bike chain oil with graphene is water repellent and dust repellent, so an all-weather chain oil base with graphene additive will work well in dry conditions because of the anti-dust properties of the graphene.

And it will work well in the wet because of the water-repellent properties of graphene, graphene having one of the hardest known molecules makes it very difficult for it to degrade, so the mileage of bike chain oil with graphene is much longer than with Teflon, graphite or silicone. In laboratory tests with perfect conditions it has lasted 1000 km, of course this is drastically reduced in real conditions.

Teflon bicycle oil

Teflon bike oil is one of the most used for its great qualities before the arrival of graphene bike oil, Teflon bike chain oil has properties similar to those of graphene but much lower, it is water repellent and dust repellent, which helps keep the chain clean.

Bike chain oil with graphite or silicone

Both bike chain oil with graphite and bike chain oil with silicone are more difficult to use as they are far outperformed by bike oil with graphene or Teflon.

The parts where you have to use bike chain oil are:

The bicycle chain.
Derailleur moving points and springs.
Derailleur moving points and springs.
The axle of the pulleys.
The spring and mechanism of the clipless pedals.
External contact points of the cables.
It is important to protect the disc and brake pads with a rag or paper so that they do not become contaminated.

 

For the oil to be effective, there is no need to wait, just apply it and start pedaling.

How to apply oil to the chain

The oil can be applied if the transmission is not dirty but it is advisable to clean the transmission before applying the chain oil, whether the oil is in spray or liquid form it is best to apply in the area of the small sprocket on the outside, giving one or two laps to the entire chain. Then apply chain oil on the inside and run the chain around all the sprockets and chainrings.

To finish we will remove all the excess oil if we see that we have spent, especially when it is applied in liquid with a paper or rag, and we can use the bike, no need to wait.

 

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