Chain Lube

The holy grail of bicycle chain lubrication is a lube that lubricates well, in the wet as well as the dry, lasts a long time, doesn't get dirty, and protects the chain and sprockets against corrosion. Sadly, it doesn't exist, but some come close.

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Overview - The holy grail of bicycle chain lubrication is a lube that lubricates well, in the wet as well as the dry, lasts a long time, doesn't get dirty, and protects the chain and sprockets against corrosion. Sadly, it doesn't exist, but some come close.

 Oil Based Lubes. These are the original (and still most common) type of lube. On a bicycle, you want a very light oil, so it doensn't offer resistance to the free movement of the chain, and so it doesn't hang on too tenaciously to every passing dirt particle. A chain liberally coated in oil will tend to get very dirty, but since it covers all the metal it provides pretty good corrosion resistance (not such a big issue inland as it is here by the coast).

Wax Based Lubes. These have become popular in the past decade as once applied, they dry out and don't attract dirt. However, they seem to need regular reapplication in order to provide sufficient lubrication, and they do tend to build up over time, so a good scrape out of the sprockets and brush off of the chain with a stiff brush should happen from time to time.

Nothing Based Lube. I've not used the plural here as I have only a single lube in mind that fits the "nothing" based description. Pro Link is a non oil based, non wax based, non teflon or graphite based lube - it's a metal surface treatment. It is surprisingly effective as a lube, doesn't build up over time and lasts a long time. However, we've found it to offer little protection against corrosion, despite it's claims. Maybe it offers corrosion resistance when applied more often and more liberally than we've done to date (I only reapply lube when the chain starts "asking" for it - when the dry sound starts to happen).

So Which Lube For Me? For the average Joe, not riding seriously or regularly, we recommend an oil based lube. For a roadie after the best lubrication possible, we'd probably recommend Tri Flow (an excellent oil based lube with teflon and who knows what else). For dirt junkies, especially dry dirt junkies, we recommend Pro Link. But we don't recommend Pro Link for people who will leave their bike unattended for a month at a time, or will travel in wet weather with it on top of the car.

Green Oil Chain Lube Bulk (per litre)

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We can refill your lube container with Green Oil. The lube is about half price this way, and more environmentally sound again.

Bring in or post in your own container, or at a pinch, we can supply one of a motley collection of containers.

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(Minimum purchase 100ml).

Pedros Syn Lube 4oz

 
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Performance wet lube.

The original synthetic chain lube formulated specifically for mountain bikes. Superior wear protecion, efficiency and durability for extreme conditions and mileage. Unique detergents break down and isolate dirt, protecting the surfaces of your chain.

Shipping Weight: 150g.

Pro Link Chain Lube 118ml

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The cleanest chain lube.
ProLink is a thin-bodied lubricant which utilises Metal Friction Reducer technology - a molecule that bonds to metal surfaces - for smooth shifting and a quiet drive train. It does not build up or become tacky, and it sheds dirt, mud and abrasives. It also repels moisture and prevents corrosion. Great for cables and derailleurs too!

 Weight: 124g.

Pro Link Pen Applicator

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Pro Link lubricant in a convenient, refillable applicator. Compact (fits in a seat bag). Includes about 10ml of lube.
 Weight: 11g.

ProLink Chain Lube 946ml

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The economical way to buy ProLink.

 Weight: 1kg.

Rock'n'Roll Blue Chain Lube 16oz

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Rock'n'Roll Blue (aka Rock'n'Roll Extreme) is a highly recommended chain lube for mountain bikes. Using metal surface treatment for lubrication plus a bit of wax for durability, it lubricates well and minimised gunk build-up. As it's not oil based, you'll get your drivetrain gleaming using nothing but rags, a stiff brush, and water. Reapplication needed about every 40km of "average" mountain biking.

The 16oz kit includes a large (16oz) bottle of lube along with an empty 4oz refillable bottle for application. Weight: 425g.

Rock'n'Roll Blue Chain Lube 4oz

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Rock'n'Roll Blue (aka Rock'n'Roll Extreme) is a highly recommended chain lube for mountain bikes. Using metal surface treatment for lubrication plus a bit of wax for durability, it lubricates well and minimised gunk build-up. As it's not oil based, you'll get your drivetrain gleaming using nothing but rags, a stiff brush, and water. Reapplication needed about every 40km of "average" mountain biking.

 Weight: 100g.

Tri Flow Lubricant Squeeze Bottle 2oz

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This has been the leading oil based lube for the twenty nine years I've (Mark) been selling bikes. An excellent lube for just about any purpose. Not as clean as the dry lubes, but it's hard to beat for smooth running.

Weight: 68g.

Tri Flow Lubricant Squeeze Bottle 6oz

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This has been the leading oil based lube for the twenty nine years I've (Mark) been selling bikes. An excellent lube for just about any purpose. Not as clean as the dry lubes, but it's hard to beat for smooth running.

The 6 oz bottle is an economical way to buy the good oil.

 Shipping Weight: 176g.