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I'm a cyclist, so you must be thinking what has it got to do with slot cars. Well, you do get some great lube for bicycles that stays clean and if it can slow down wear and tear on a bicycle it must be able to do even a better job in slots cars. The products I'm talking about is dry wax lube. It goes on like normal oil and then dries to a wax. It does not wears off and stays on for a very long time. Anyone else ever looked into this?
 

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Is it actually Teflon?. You will get the same kind of result with Teflon spray. Sprayed on, dries, functions as lubricant.

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I used to be a serious cyclist
. When mountainbiking back in 97 my team was sponsored by a product called White lightning a parafin wax based lubricant. That was a very nice product. Not sure weather it's teflon or not. I haven't tried it on the cars though. I might try it on the cars later this week.
 

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Just a bit of feedback. I did use some wax lube on all my cars (only have 3) and raced them for a evening. They sounded great and the stuff are doing the job but, when I opened them up, the wax was packed up all over the geares except on the teeth
. I had to use a toothpick to get it off. After that I used an old toothbrush to get every last bit of the pinion and crown and replaced the wax with Tamay's ceramic grease. The sound is still the same and will see at the end of the week what it looks like after a few nights racing.
 

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The Tri-Flow is great stuff, hard to beat & good for all kinds of applications. The White Lighting is just O.K., but it breaks down easily, has poor flow characteristics & probably would not handle the heat generated by slot cars very well. Perdo's brand of Cycling lube is good, but seems to be very similar to the Tri-flow, Since the Tri-flow is cheaper I use that on my bikes. I have not tried it on my slot cars, but I feel certain it would be good, since it was originally developed for Motorcycles & such. As to whether any of these are better than the accepted slot car lubes I do not know, but I doubt it.
 

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IF the teflon lube really has bits of teflon in it (some don't, hence the if) then you shouldn't bother using it on the armature of slot car motors. Teflon expands when it gets hot and could cause a problem.

I learned this the weird way. I have teflon blocks, yup, solid teflon blocks. They look like white plastic and were for something in the aerospace industry. I took a small bit of one, reshaped it so it would fit on a lathe then turned it down to make bearings out of it for one of my HO slot cars. Everything worked perfectly until the motor started heating up. At that point the motor seized. I ended up opening the holes in the bearing material to a gross oversize so that when the motor was at operating temperature the bearing fit perfect. In the long run, it wasn't worth the time nor effort. Standard brass bushings with light oil worked better.
 

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If scaley make bicycles, they won't lean in corners
They did, and they don't. Lean, that is.

I've got one of their track sets, and it's a hoot to run, for a while anyway.

And I'm a cyclist too, but not that seriously, it's the bikes that interest me as an engineer, so naturally mine are weird. :)

I've got four Moultons, the ones with tiny wheels. Pics of two below.

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My memory fogged now but I remember in the mid 1960s that Mr Kellog ran a competition on the back of his cereal boxes to win a Mini Moulton bicycle.

I entered but didn't win. One of many disappointments to come.
 

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What was of the woman who caused a mayhem weeks ago (in France?), speaking of cycling. Dont know why the "Bicycle" song from Queen sounded in my mind as I was watching the accident happen at the news.

Better stick to four wheels as I say...
 

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Converted to mountain biking about 10 years ago so that I could stay away from roads and idiot van/car drivers.
(Not all are idiots, I'm not anti car )
Love being out in the country in places no road bike could go.
However, off the road is really now off the road. 7 years of hard riding has finally taken it toll on the bike. Frame fracture
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I’m just an amateur riding the bike to stay healthy and in condition. I mostly drive on special bikes lanes in the heather and woods around my home town. Always look for areas where cars can’t come. When I’m at work in Germany I bring the bike and use it to go to work. Hannover is one of the German cities that take biking seriously and have created a lot of separate bike lanes in the city as well.

Here’s mine, it weights 11 kilos. It has belt drive and the brakes are pneumatically operated :)

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When I was doing a lot of cycling, to begin with I rode "Dawes Galaxy's" but I would snap the frames after about 18 months use. Talking to Robin Thorn of "St John Street Cycles" he said that if he built me a bike and I did not break it, it would give his bikes a good name. So after talking to Andy Blance. the frame builder at SJSS he build me a frame that used "tandem" tubing for the chain stays.
This frame cracked through the rear drop-out after about 6 months. So Andy replaced the drop-outs with a pair of 1/4 steel ones. This bike is still going strong after 20+ years and many thousands of miles of hard use.
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Is that mud or rust behind your bottom bracket, Dave?

BTW I don't think that bike lube has much relevant for slot cars. Revs on a bike are pretty low, even at the wheel hub bearing, and the main concerns are coping with torque, variable load and inclement conditions (e.g. wet weather). Rotational speeds for slot cars are much, much higher, temperatures will therefore be hotter, and we are (normally!) racing in the dry. So the engineering requirements of lubricants in the two applications are very different.

PS yes, cyclist, currently leisure riding on a titanium/ultegra Planet X Spitfire.
 
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