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Old 01-14-16, 09:00 AM   #1
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chain lube...wet or dry?

My latest bike related obsession is about chain lubes.
I'm not sure I fully understand why someone would choose a wet lube over a dry or vice versa.
I'm asking on the mtb forum because the conditions you guys ride in would seem to require the
absolute best in chain/gear lubrication and protection.
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Old 01-14-16, 09:07 AM   #2
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Try several, and I bet you will settle on Chain L.
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Dry lube doesn't hold up well to water, so it's not the best for riding in rain or for stream crossings. Dry lube generally requires more frequent application.

Wet lube doesn't shed sand and dust like dry lube does, so wet lube isn't the best for riding on dry trails that kick up a lot of fine particles.
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^^This.

I live in So Cal and it's pretty dry and dusty here and run a dry lube. If I lived someplace where I was riding in the wet all the time...I'd switch to a wet lube.

I tried wet lubes and it was just too messy for me. It would attract too much grime and turn the lube into a grinding paste.
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Up in Seattle area, I use wet lube year around. However, I try to use as little chain lube as possible. I believe moderate to heavy chain lube is as bad or worse than none. And, I am getting excellent chain life on my commuter doing this. Plus, my MTB gets drenched in mud and my MTB chains are doing great, too.
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As previously stated, both have pros and cons, but for the most part, I use dry lube. I think it is equally important that before you lube any chain, you make sure that it is clean. Don't forget the cassette and rings!
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I run wet lube only. San Diego rider as well and agree it is dry. Used dry lube for years but switched as I think oil based products just work better. I use the Park Tool synthetic. When I lube the chain I clean it and wipe it dry I then apply the lube pretty generously give it a slow spin on the stand and work it in a bit. I then leave over night and then wipe the chain down with a clean rag the next day. I use a rag to wipe down the chain in between cleaning and lube. I like its durability and think my drive train is smoother.
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Ride under dry/dusty conditions and I have used the dry lube White Lightening Clean Ride and/or Finish Line Dry. The dirt doesn't stick as much as when you are using a wet lube. I tried the wet lube Epic Ride and ended up with ton of dirt just sticking to the chain, cassette, and cranks.
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I find that dry lubes or waxes burn off too quickly. I really like Pro-Gold regular. It doesn't attract dirt and I'm in dusty So Cal--my chains are clean and quiet. Their Extreme lube is a dirt magnet in my opinion--I'd only use it in wet/rainy conditions.
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I like Dumond Tech Lite. I also went through a bottle of WD-40 Bike Specific. Nothing wrong with it. I ride ion the desert where it is really dusty. A clean well lubed chain is a must!
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