Whatever the weather, whatever the trail conditions, I’ve always used Finish Line’s “Wet” lubrication on my bike chain. The Wet lube is great in wet conditions but is a bit gooey, much like most other oil-based lubricants, so has a tendency to pick up dirt especially in dry conditions. Now, dirt isn’t something that you want on a chain as this can cause increased wear through grinding, so I tended to degrease the chain and re-apply the wet lube on a regular basis; messy, really messy.
Of course over the years I’d heard of other chain lubes called “dry” (based on PTFE, or wax for example) which have been formulated to be less sticky than wet lubes so don’t accumulate dirt as much, but they do have a tendency to be washed off in the wet. Hence the word “dry”; use in dry conditions. So I resisted the temptation to try dry lubes for a long time.
Frankly, I was getting increasingly tired with the degreasing routine, so I kept an eye out on the market and finally decided that this year would be a good time to try a dry lube. I went for Finish Line’s “Dry” lube based on Teflon (Teflon is DuPont’s name for PTFE). However, before I was able to try Finish Line Dry lube in earnest I came across Bikinventions’s wax-based emulsion lube called “Squirt”. Squirt has glowing reviews and it appears that it has better resistance to being washed-off than other dry lubes.
I couldn’t resist! I managed to get hold of some Squirt and applied the gloop liberally over a freshly degreased chain (twice, actually, as per instructions for the initial application). Once dried, the lube is largely transparent. I’ve done a couple of minor rides in dry conditions and it seems to be doing well so far. I’m very pleased actually. Any dirt that sticks to the wax is quickly removed as the wax sheds, so there shouldn’t be any need to degrease or clean the chain.
Time will tell how well it does; I’ll provide updates on this blog.