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post #1 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Carrying Chain Lube?

Will it be safe to bring my can of spray-on chain lube in one of my saddlebags on my upcoming trip through San Antonio (projected hi of 99), Indian reservations and deserts in New Mexico and Arizona (possible hi of 110+)? The can says store at less than 120, so I could be cutting it close. I'm storing it in 2 thick (thick being a relative term) ziplock baggies, but I've seen what those cans can do when they explode so I'm concerned.

Other options: Keep it in my backpack that I strap to the top of my Nelson Rigg touring trunk, or just don't bring it and find bike shops every so often and ask for a free lube for the road.

As most of you know by now, this is a 28 day 9000 mile tour, so I'm planning to lube every 3-4 days instead of my usual every 2-3 weeks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 06:10 PM
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For future use...

If your can of spray is well used, but still has plenty of lube left in it (you know, like it's 2/3 used up), the pressure in the can will be much lower, lessening the chance of a heat related can blow-out.

Or order up a drip bottle of it from Aerostich, about $5 or so, 4 oz bottle. Put that in your double zip lock bag.

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at one time, I woulda said no problem, I used to carry a gallon of fuel in a container, and it was never a problem here in the land adjacent to the great white north

however one day while touring in Georgia, the need arised to utilize the fuel, when I opened it up, it had expanded so much that I lost 25% of the fuel when I opened the container

I would only have a small container, store it so that it is surrounded with gear that will insulate it, and maybe throw a cold pack in with it, or keep it in a cooler

but I son't worry about chain lube, I've gone the scottoiler route, I use about a half pint of cheapest Dextron ATF every 7500 miles

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I carry chain lube on all my trips. I have never had a can blow even in 115F Vegas heat. Put it in 2 zip-lock bags and do not worry about it.

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You can get the Dupont Teflon lube in a squeeze bottle. It has the added advantage of being small.

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I'll be leaving for a 10 day trip july 4th, hoping to have a bottle of this by then. I've looked everywhere locally, may just order it online, and pay shipping. Some have said their local Ace hardware can order it for them, but the guy at our Ace couldn't find a part number....
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Be careful with anything in a sealed container when changing altitudes as well as temperatures.

If you ride to the top of Pike's Peak your brand new bottle of sunscreen is likely to be all over the inside of your new tank bag. Don't ask me how i know this.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'm off tomorrow morning, so no time to order anything else, but I will put it in the baggies and not worry about it.

I will check in from time to time on the road through wifi, as time and energy permit.

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