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Old 07-28-14, 08:52 AM
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WD40 dry bike chain lube

Just to be clear, I'm not talking regular WD40 here.



I recently tried WD40's dry bike chain lube and it seems to be doing the job so far. I started with a used chain, thoroughly cleaned with real mineral spirits, and applied the WD "liberally" per instructions and wiped the excess after spinning the crank for a while. Drive train is very quiet and very clean after a couple of average rides (paved 30-50 miles in dry weather). WD states that their dry lube is not a wax, so I'm interested in how it holds up as my one complaint about the wax lubes I have used is that they need frequent reapplication, especially if it is the least bit damp. I'd like to find a clean, dry lube that works well and lasts for a decent amount of time without leaving my chain creaking like an old lady in a rocking chair after a drizzle or light shower.

Has anyone else tried the WD40 dry under varied conditions? How did you like it?

Does anyone use two different lubes based on conditions? Do you clean your chain when switching from wet to dry lube?
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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post

Does anyone use two different lubes based on conditions? Do you clean your chain when switching from wet to dry lube?
Since I make a chain oil, I'm obviously biased about what's best. While there are performance differences that will show up in tough conditions, such as hill climbing (high chain tension), very dirty or dusty trails, or rain and mud, just about anything can serve as chain lube. Some may not last as well, others wash off in the rain,or offer less rust protection, bu most will be OK if you apply as needed.

I can see using a lube best suited for particular conditions such as dry/dusty or wet/muddy for mtn biking, but other than rain, road riding doesn't vary that much. If I lived in an especially rainy area (Seattle) I'd choose an appropriate lube, but changing chain lube based on the weather forecast is too much bother and weather isn't that predictable anyway.
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Baaaaaaaah!!! I should've forged the project myself!!!

Here I've been touting the "why not just WD40" bandwagon like I did as a kid successfully 30+ years ago & here WD40 goes & does it!!

Looks like they recently announced a whole friggin' LINE of bike products!!!

WD-40 BIKE | A comprehensive line of bicycle care products developed for cyclists and mechanics
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I've used it for road riding and find it works quite well, but it Reeeeeks! putting it on the garage will smell for a few days.
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I tried the WD40 dry chain lube when attending an evening bike maintenance seminar at my LBS that was hosted by the local WD40 rep. It worked fine on the 50-mile ride I went on a day or two later but I never found any reason to switch lubes from the results.

I had been using Rock N Roll Absolute Dry lubricant that the manufacturer touts as having cleaning properties in addition to lubrication. I asked the WD40 rep if his product also cleaned the chain and he said that it wasn't expressly stated in their product description but he felt that the WD dry lube probably did clean as well as the RNR Absolute Dry. I'd had good success with the Rock N Roll Absolute Dry lube. I've liked how it didn't collect dust and wiped off very cleanly and left the chain nice and shiny although the red color stained my driveway where some dripped. I also thought it worked best when re-applied about every 50-100 miles to keep the chain quiet.

A couple of weeks ago I stopped into another LBS for some more RNR lube and was told about the Chain-L product. I'm generally game to try a new product that's so enthusiastically endorsed by someone whose opinion I trust so I brought some home. I carefully cleaned the chain with a Pedro's chain machine and a citrus degreaser. I then applied the Chain-L and gave it a couple of hours to sink in before wiping it down. It was sticky and I hate sticky lubes but the resulting absolutely dead quiet chain was a real eye-opener. It sounded like I had no chain at all. After my first ride I followed the Chain-L's website's instructions by just wiping off the chain with a paper towel and just going riding. Last night, after about 500 miles on that initial application of the Chain-L, I cleaned and reapplied the lube, mostly because I'd ridden up PCH in the windy, salty air, and decided, what the heck.

I'm an enthusiastic believer in the Chain-L and it'll take some major convincing by another LBS to talk me into changing.

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Originally Posted by HunkerDown View Post
A couple of weeks ago I stopped into another LBS ... and was told about the Chain-L product. ... I then applied the Chain-L ... the resulting absolutely dead quiet chain was a real eye-opener. It sounded like I had no chain at all. ....

I'm an enthusiastic believer in the Chain-L and it'll take some major convincing by another LBS to talk me into changing.
Thank you for the endorsement.

Just to satisfy my own curiosity, who was that masked man? (who sold you on Chain-L)
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Thank you for the endorsement. Just to satisfy my own curiosity, who was that masked man who sold you on Chain-L?
It was a young salesman at Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery in Woodland Hills, CA. I really felt as though he knew his stuff and liked his enthusiasm for Chain-L and I have a fairly sophisticated LBS-BS detector.

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