Wet or Dry
Lube is either
- a waxed based dry lube (a lube that drys on the chain and doesn’t provide a surface for dust and grit to stick to) so best suited for summer and dry , dusty riding conditions.
- a oil based wet lube. A lube which is wet on the chain. More of an all-round lube.
Learn and understand the advantages and disadvantages to both here.
Where do you ride
You need to think about the main surface that you ride on. If you ride on a dry, dusty surface… for example a lot of mountain bike tracks are clay based and become very dry in hot conditions or the road or paved cycleways (if it hasn’t been raining) then a dry lube is best. If you are riding in wet, muddy conditions then a wet lube is best.
Do you ride seasonally for the whole year
If you are riding only in the summer consider using a dry lube otherwise a wet lube (oil based) will give you greater protection all year around. This is because a dry lube tends to wash off more easily in the rain. The other option is to have both and apply the lube that matches the riding and weather conditions at the time.
Chain Lube is also part of goRides Chain and Bike Cleaning Kit. Having a Kit will save you time and make the job easier helping you to clean and lube more regularly.
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Cleaning you bike chain
Clean your bike chain and then lube your bike chain. Learn how to clean your bike chain
You must lube your chain after you clean it so that it doesn’t stiffen up. See The bike chain – Lubing.
Only YOU can care for your bike. Lubing is important. It will prolong your chains life because lubing allows your chain to move how it should. The chain is made up of lots of flexible moving parts joined together. These parts need to maintain smooth, free motion. Regular lubrication allows this to happen, saving you both time and money