When it comes to bike lube and lubrication, there are different types of bike lubes you can use depending on the specific application and riding conditions. Here are some commonly recommended bike lubes and uses we recommend:
- Wet Bike Lubricant: This type of bike lube is designed for wet conditions, such as rainy weather or muddy trails. Wet bike lubes are thicker and stickier than other types of lubes, which helps them resist being washed away by water. However, they can attract dirt and grime more easily than other lubes, so it’s important to clean and reapply them frequently.
- Dry Bike Lubricant: Dry lubes are designed for use in dry and dusty conditions. They are thinner and less sticky than wet lubes, which helps them repel dust and dirt. However, they don’t provide as much protection as wet lubes in wet conditions.
- Ceramic Bike Lubricant: Ceramic lubes are a type of wet lube that contains microscopic ceramic particles. These particles form a protective layer on the bike chain that reduces friction and wear. Ceramic lubes are best suited for high-performance road bikes and are typically more expensive than other types of lubes.
- Wax Bike Lubricant: Wax lubes are designed for use in dry conditions and are often used by road cyclists. They form a dry, wax-like coating on the chain that repels dirt and dust. However, they require more frequent application than other types of lubes.
When applying lube to your bike, be sure to clean the chain and other parts of the drivetrain first to remove any dirt or debris. Apply the lube sparingly, being careful not to overdo it, as excess lube can attract dirt and grime. It’s also a good idea to wipe off any excess lube after applying it to prevent it from getting on other parts of the bike. Finally, remember to reapply the lube regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer or based on your riding conditions.
Choosing the right bike lubricant depends on several factors such as the type of bike you have, the riding conditions, and the climate. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
Consider the conditions: If you ride in wet or muddy conditions, you will need a heavier, water-resistant lubricant. If you ride in dry conditions, a lighter lubricant will suffice.
Type of lubricant: There are different types of bike lubricants such as wet, dry, ceramic, wax-based, etc. Wet lubricants are better for wet or muddy conditions, while dry lubricants are better for dry conditions. Ceramic and wax-based lubricants provide longer-lasting, cleaner lubrication but can be more expensive.
Application: Lubricate your chain every 100-200 miles or more frequently if you ride in wet or muddy conditions. Apply a small amount of lubricant to each chain link and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping off the excess with a clean cloth.
Brand: There are many reputable brands of bike lubricants such as the list below. We recommend you choose a brand that is trusted by cyclists and fits the types of cycling you do and has good reviews.
- Finish Line
- White Lightning
Remember, using the right lubricant and applying it correctly can help extend the life of your bike’s components and improve your riding experience and in turn less wear mess less bike servicing.