NFS Chainlube: Benefits Framebuilders
November 20th, 2012
Here is the backstory…sorta. I think it was before my last transcontinental I was hanging at Haldeman’s house and he was bitching about the fact that he can not find a chain lube that will last one entire 600K in the rain. He said that without blinking as if it was something that should be easy to accomplish. Since both of us are seasoned long riders it was not exactly unreasonable at least in my mind to have that expectation…but it was nuts. We all struggled with the simple fact there was nothing that would even remotely do this.
None the less, to that date Lon had tried every lube on the market as well as trying all the kooky combos people suggested to no avail. That conversation stayed with me and every year at some point I throw up my hands over the fact that I can only get one week’s worth of use from the best chainlubes and even my favorite chainlubes need a refresh way to frequently. This is even more frustrating when you begin to accept the fact that your chains are wearing out way faster if you don’t over apply the lube or re-apply frequently.
I’ve tested lubes for all the players you can name…some of them I tested before they got traction and became very popular. I’m a good tester because I lay down big miles and never stop riding because of bad weather and I’m not biased, if glove fits you must commit.
Trust me, some of these whizbang lubes actually ruined my chains.
Fast forward today. Myself and some of the Cabal are really keen to make Ballers Ride a continued success. If you have followed that story you’ll know that Ballers Ride is a event where framebuilders gather, RIDE their bikes, talk about the trade and never stand behind a table. From the start I had the bright idea that we could somehow lower the cost for their attendance.
Combine Ballers Ride goals with NFS profits and maybe, just maybe we’ve got a product who’s sales will raise the funds I need to pay for all the effbuilders to attend each year.
The “rest of the story” is that I worked at a western coal mine for two years and gained extensive experience using industrial lubes. When I finally decided to market a lube it was pretty easy to narrow in on what would work. After several failures and 6 months using the final product I’m really REALLY happy. NFS stays where you put it and runs and runs and runs. After you get the product applied all you have to do is keep the sideplates wiped clean and you’ll be a happy