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Do I need dry lube?

Old 04-05-21, 06:33 AM
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Do I need dry lube?

Is it really that much cleaner than wet lube in dry and dusty conditions? I live in the tropics where it rains randomly but we're in the drier part of the year now. Also, I don't really do wet rides. I only bought wet lube back then as it seemed more versatile for me but the chain does get a bit dirty. What do you guys think?
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Old 04-05-21, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by djdelarosa25 View Post
Is it really that much cleaner than wet lube in dry and dusty conditions? I live in the tropics where it rains randomly but we're in the drier part of the year now. Also, I don't really do wet rides. I only bought wet lube back then as it seemed more versatile for me but the chain does get a bit dirty. What do you guys think?
I use dry lube in central Texas and definitely makes it easier to keep a clean drivetrain. I get caught in the rain sometimes and just make sure to relube. I use Finish Line and I swear it almost acts as a cleaner, but it does take a bit more frequent application. Worth it though.
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If you only ride when it's not raining AND the roads are dry, a dry lube might work well. Otherwise, wipe your chain off with a rag every so often.
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Using the example of Finish Line Dry:
Upsides: easy to apply without making a mess, keeps everything super clean, does not attract dirt, very easy to wash off and reapply
Downsides: doesn't last very long and requires frequent reapplication, washes off immediately in any wet condition, no real rust protection, drivetrain runs louder

I use the dry stuff for my road bike and wet lube for everything else.

One note: Finish Line Dry and other dry lubes are mostly carrier liquid that deposits the actual lube and then evaporates off. As a result, I end up using more of it compared to wet lube. I've found a bottle a Finish Line Wet (which is great stuff if you apply it correctly) will last years while I go through a couple bottles of the Dry every season .
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When I lived in Arizona I used a dry lube because of the harsh road grit the drivetrain would pick up. I moved back to the southeast where it's humid and I still use a dry lube. My dry lube of choice has been Squirt for the last few years. It's not totally dry but definitely not wet. In Arizona it didn't pick up any more grit than a really dry lube with Squirt.

I also run paraffin wax with molybdenum powder in it for one of my bikes. I melted the wax and soaked the chain in it. It's been on that bike for two years now with quite a few miles and there's little sign of it wearing off but I never ride in the rain.
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Old 04-06-21, 04:12 AM
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I'm on team wet lube - I tend to go by ear when it is time to relube and when I tried dry lube for a year or so it seemed like I was relubing 2-3x more often than I was used to. I rarely ride in the rain on purpose, but sometimes get caught and often riding the day after rain on damp roads. So, back to wet (ceramic) lube for me - I also wipe the chain, and check the tires, after every ride - but I was doing that with dry lube, too.
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NFS=best chain lube ever. For all conditions.
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