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cheap, but effective chainoiler for under £20.00(video)

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Loobman chain oiler - very simple DIY oiler that works well if you remember to use it. I've had something similar on a number of bikes for many years and just made it out of stuff I had lying around. Here's a picture -





I should have taken the pic when there was any oil in it and I've since moved the feed pipe to the front sprocket for a number of reasons. Here's a diagram of what's supposed to happen -






If you've got the bits and don't mind about an hour of DIY it's easy to do. If you don't then Loobman's £20 seems like good value.

It definitely does extend chain life if you use it. The problem I've found, based on many years with it, is not so much the technology as your mindset. When it's dry sunny weather and you're riding along happily, I tend to use it too much so the chain is overoiled and there's throwoff everywhere. Conversely, when it's raining and miserable I tend to forget to use it. The rain washes all the oil off the chain and it's underloobed. Overall though it's easier to use than spraycans. My version's main reservoir contains about 200ml of oil and, on a 1500 mile trip to the Alps a few months ago, I got through about 50-60ml on the way down in the dry and about double that on the way back in the rain. If you're handy with a soldering iron and want something closer to fit and forget here's a link to an electronic oiler -

The Alpentourer - Mc Coi, the intelligent chain lubrication system
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Here is another alternative of a self made chain oiler: 120 Thai Bhat = 3 EUR in total.
We made it in Thailand for our bikes. I just use old engine oil from the last oil change as lube.


oil can with a tube


little tube with a wire in it at the end to direct it to the chain
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I've used the Loobman. Customer service was excellent. When I fitted it I didn't take into account the compression of the rear when carrying a pillion. This lead to the bottle being damaged. Completely my fault but they replaced it free.

This is a gravity feed system which will deposit the squeezed oil even if your ride is over. Could leave a nice splodge of oil on the drive.

I would buy another (shaft drive at the mo)
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Here is another alternative of a self made chain oiler: 120 Thai Bhat = 3 EUR in total.
We made it in Thailand for our bikes. I just use old engine oil from the last oil change as lube.


oil can with a tube


little tube with a wire in it at the end to direct it to the chain
Full description

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tutoro chain oiler

hey good rigs but tutoro in the uk make chain oilers for under 20 pounds look at there site i have 1 on my bike
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hey good rigs but tutoro in the uk make chain oilers for under 20 pounds look at there site i have 1 on my bike
I had a tutoro for a short while. Even £20 is too much in my opinion, in fact I wouldn`t have one if it was given to me for free. Who can be bothered to turn it on and off all the time?
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V-Oila chainoiler

Before we left for our adventure I tried the Loobman. I figured out it was not made for gravel roads (due to dirt it didn't function properly anymore, eventually the mount broke and the reservoir fell off). I guess when sticking to pavement it's a good and cheap option.

After our test ride in Ukraine I ordered a MotoOiler of Voila on Witamy na stronie Motooiler
For me it worked perfect for our travel through asia. It's a quality product. You can regulate the amount of oil and you can switch it off before driving into gravel / sand. Before I lost the pipe at 17.000 ks (when changing the rear tire mechanic forgot to mount the pipe back) the sprockets and chain were still in very good condition.
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