If you ever want to spark a lively conversation among cyclists, just ask them what lube they prefer and then be sure to add “for you bike chain”. It must be hard to be a bike lube salesman, because folks tend to be pretty damn loyal, when it comes to what they slather on their chain. Your Uncle Gomez is no different. I’ve been using the same lube for the better part of the last two decades. So I have no intention of selling you anything…..well, maybe a t-shirt or a patch here and there, but only if you really want one…..but not lube. Today I’m just going to share with you a story of why I changed my fat-bike lube over the last six months and you can all make up your minds, which lube will make your partner happy.
I’ve written articles about what beach riding does to drive trains and given pause to study how many chains and cassettes my old Moonlander, Thparkle, consumed over the first 8 months of riding. All of this took place, while I used Pro-Link Gold wet lube, just like I’ve done, on all of my bikes since some time in the 90’s. Wet lubes work well in my climate for road, gravel and trail, but the beach is a different animal. I noticed that, after beach rides, my drivetrain was a horrible mess. The sand combined with the lube, to form an abrasive batter, that stubbornly clung to my chain. Normal cleaning, with more lube and a rag, removed most of the sand on the outside surfaces of the chain, but the parts that interface with the chainring and cassette tooth surfaces remained sandy. I guess I could buy one of those chain cleaning gizmos, but I’m way too lazy in my bike maintenance, and it would just gather dust after the first few cleanings. I thought there had to be a better solution.
So I started asking the most experienced beach riders, that I know, what they used on their chains. Dry lubes seemed to dominate the beach ride set and the most popular brand was Squirt. In the interest of testing, I purchased two bottles of dry lube. I tried Squirt and Finish Line. The Finish Line Ceramic wax lube turned into a solid during this winter’s cold temperatures and after thawing it out (once), I gave up on it and switched to the Squirt. The Squirt Lube stayed liquid to a much colder temperature, but at around zero, even it turned solid. I’ve continued using only Squirt on my fat-bike’s chain and have noticed a big difference from when I was using Pro-Link. No longer is my chain covered with a sand and lube coating after beach rides. The squirt keeps the bike shifting smoothly and I don’t have to apply the lube every single ride. I’m still using the original drive train after 7 months of use and abuse with no shifting issues to report. I just ran out of the first bottle of Squirt that I purchased and I’ve just ordered another bottle. If you ride in sandy conditions, don’t be afraid to try a wax based, dry lube. I’ll never put wet lube on my fat-bike again ( if I can help it).
For more information on Squirt long lasting dry lube visit – www.squirtlube.com
Same thing for Finish Line Lubes – www.finishlineusa.com
And while we’re at it, why not Pro-Link? – http://bikes.progoldmfr.com