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Years ago I decided to try a DIY chain lube. I did a lot of research and I settled on what I had around my garage. I mixed up a quart mason jar with synthetic chainsaw bar oil and mineral spirits to thin it out. For several years I have been cleaning my chains and applying one drop of this mixture to each roller. The theory is it's thin enough that it gets in the rollers and then the mineral spirits evaporate leaving behind the oil. Now I want to state that I have several bikes and with my schedule I'm not somebody that puts thousands of miles on my bikes each year. So with my trusty chain checker in hand I may have worn out one chain in the last few years on any of my bikes. That said I've never had an issue with this style lube. The other day I used up the last drop of this mixture and now I need to come up with something else. I've been reading lately that chainsaw bar oil is not necessarily the best lube. I have a shelf full of leftover synthetic motor oils. This is anything from 0W-20 to 5W-30. I also have transmission fluid both synthetic and non-synthetic on the shelf. So my question now is what do I want to mix up for my next batch. I'm not planning on waxing and as often as I clean my bikes and wipe the chains down I am okay with a wet lube even though I ride my bikes off-road as much as on. Does anybody have any opinions of synthetic motor oil versus what I previously had been using? Of the synthetic motor oil does anybody have any opinions on the different weights and viscosities?