A trusty friend.
And more specifically, a triathlete's trusty friend
because without it, all those bike miles
that we ride on our bikes
can play havoc with our drive chain.
Now believe it or not there are a number
of different options available to us
for lubricating our chains.
Whether we're in search of better gear shifting
or we're looking to increase the lifespan of our chain
and bike components
or indeed just to get more efficiency out of our bike ride.
Then by properly lubing our chains
we can see some significant gains.
So today I'm gonna talk through
what bike lube we should use and when.
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Most manufacturers tend to bracket their lubes
into one of two categories,
those being wet and dry lubes.
Now as a basic rule of thumb,
you'd be forgiven for thinking
that those would be for the particular type
of conditions you're talking about.
Ie dry in the nice summer weather,
and wet for the miserable winter weather.
And for the most part you would be correct.
However, there is a differential
between these two categories of lube.
Now the dry element refers to the lubricating substance
of the lube.
And that works effectively the magic on your chain
when you're riding and is for the most part
a waxy type of deposit.
Now these dry lubes are applied as a liquid onto your chain
before taking well up to a few hours to dry.
So do bear this in mind before heading out on your ride.
The positive of dry lube is that it won't attract
too much dirt or dust and debris
when you're out riding.
So it's perfect for those dry summer days.
The downside however is that it will need
reapplied fairly regularly,
especially if you've been riding on a wet day
or if you've been out there on the saddle
for a really long ride and it just gets dry and squeaky.
And nobody really likes to have that dry squeaky chain
on a bike ride.
Wet lube was the original lubricant of choice.
In fact way back when, most brands used something
that effectively resembled more like a car engine oil.
It's consistency was way better than basic spray lubricants
that largely were designed to displace water.
It simply put was more durable and long lasting.
And that quality remains with modern wet lubes to this day
in that they're still applied as a wet lube onto the chain.
But unlike dry lubes that we've talked about
they remain in that form on the chain.
And the consistency is a bit thicker
meaning that it sticks to the chain.
Which actually means that they're rather perfect
for wet conditions because they have an increased
resistance to rain and they're just that much
harder to wash away when they are on the chain.
Now the associated downside of these wet lubes
is that they do attract that much more grime
and dirt onto the chain.
So we do need to clean the chain
a little bit more often
than we would with dry lube counterparts.
Now if performance is what perhaps interests you
a little more then you might want to consider
using a ceramic or wax based lubricant for your chain.
Now these sit somewhere between
the dry and wet versions of lubes.
But as with both of those versions,
they are applied to the chain in a liquid form,
but they do tend to dry a little more tacky.
These performance lubes will help to reduce the friction
and resistance between your chain
and the other moving components in your drive chain.
And therefore they're just gonna help
give you that little bit of improved performance
that you're seeking.
However, it is worth pointing out
that they are a little bit more expensive.
But as a trade off to that,
they don't need to be applied quite as often.
Using something like a Teflon
or a silicone based spray like this one
is a really good idea just to keep things moving
nice and smoothly and also quietly too.
I'm talking specifically about parts
where the chain might meet the chain rings at the front
or the cassette at the rear.
And it's also a really good idea to scan over the bike
and find any other areas where you could drop
a little bit of this too.
Like say the springs in the derailleurs.
The jockey wheels as well on our derailleurs too.
And also stuff like brake and gear cables,
if of course you're not using electronics.
Now regardless of whatever lube you decide to use,
it's always gonna work better when it's applied
onto a nice and clean chain.
So it's really worthwhile thinking about giving
the whole drive chain a nice rub down
with a rag or a towel or something like that
to just clean it all after each ride.
And definitely think about trying to do
a really deep good clean with soap and hot water
after say a long Sunday ride that you do
with your friends or the club.
Well hopefully this video has helped you
with any future decisions you're maybe gonna make
about a lube choice or the ride conditions
that you're maybe expecting to experience on that ride.
Also if you've got any other suggestions
on how to lube your bike appropriately,
then please let us know in the comments below.
We'd love to get those.
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Now if you want to see a video that I did
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you can find that here.
And another video that Mark and I did
about how to pack your bike can be found here.