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BIKE MIX has been developed for the extreme demands of ENDURANCE MTB but it is also used by many other riders who want a lube which is proven to last for 12h in dry and dusty off-road conditions.
BIKE MIX is a 4:1 mixture of BIKE MILK (clean and dry) and BIKE CREAM (durable fluid).
Bike Mix is preferred by endurance (over 4h) because it is dry enough to not attract dust but it is also wet enough to last for about for a 200km ride.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Stage 1: cleaning chain
1) Degrease chain thoroughly before initial application.
2) Adjust chain onto smallest rear sprocket.
3) Shake BIKE MIX vigorously to re-suspend and disperse the active components.
4) Rotate chain backwards and direct soaking stream of BIKE MIX onto moving chain at cassette. The chain should be visibly coated with BIKE MIX and look wet.
5) Continue reverse chain rotation to allow BIKE MIX to penetrate, clean and flush contaminants from deep inside the chain.
6) After 20 seconds thoroughly wipe the residue off the chain using dry cloth. This is important because the BIKE MIX will dissolve and flush the grease and dirt from the chain and carry it to the outer surfaces, and this needs to be removed from the chain.
For a very dirty or wet chain which has been gummed up with other lubricants or washed with water then this cleaning process may need to be repeated several times.
A full degrease is best on a routine basis or the first time Bike Mix is used on the chain.
Stage 2: Lubricate and protect
7) Rotate chain backwards and direct soaking stream of BIKE MIX onto moving chain at cassette. The chain should be visibly coated with BIKE MIX and look wet.
8) Continue reverse chain rotation to allow BIKE MIX to penetrate, flush and coat moving surfaces of the chain.
9) Allow the BIKE MIX to dry on all of the metal surfaces of the chain to form a protective lubricating film. Leaving overnight is recommended. In very cold (freezing) conditions Bike Mix does not evaporate as fast and needs longer time to bond to the chain.
10) Repeat this apply/dry lube process several times if chain has been fully degreased or a thicker film is required for endurance rides.
It is best to wipe surface residue from the chain with a clean rag prior to riding. The chain will look clean on the outside and is less attractive to dust. The lube remains active on the internal surfaces.
The BIKE MIX should be left to dry on the chain to provide a protective water-repellant lube coating on inner surfaces of the drivetrain. If the gaps inside the chain (between rollers, pins and plates) are packed with the tenacious film lubricant it will help prevent dirt and water from wicking into the gaps and increasing friction and wear. There is only minimal external surface coating left with Bike Mix, and most of the lubricant bound inside the moving parts of the chain.
LIMITATIONS: Failure to wipe down the outer surface before riding may lead to a build-up of lubricant on the jockey wheels. The lube is best used by pre-application and coating, but can be used immediately pre-ride.
Excessive drivetrain noise can be caused by several things e.g. noisy jockey wheels, misaligned derailleur, poor meshing of chain and sprocket, grit adhesion on outside of chain during wet rides etc and cannot always "blame" noise on the lubricant. To test if lubricant coating is in place, pinch chain between finger/thumb and run along top/bottom of links to see if residual lube is present and rubs off.
Because there is no "wet" residue left on the outside of chain Bike Mix runs exceptionally clean and smooth with minimal residual present on outer surfaces. This means reduced surface protection in wet conditions.
After a wet ride it is very important to ensure the whole bike and in particular the drivetrain is thoroughly dried and re-lubricated soon after being wet.
BIKE MIX is not as attractive to dust as the Bike Cream wet lube so it offers a very good compromise for many longer ride conditions. BIKE MIX has been used routinely by 24h specialist Brett Bellchambers in endurance events and with good pre-loading has done 12h event (225km) without needing to reapply lube. BIKE MIX has also been used in the 4400km Tour Divide event with nightly application before resting and average of 220km riding per day in various riding conditions.