Depending on what type of riding you do and which part of the country you live in, there’s a chain lube best suited for your bike. Who would have thought you would need different types of chain lube? If you didn’t know that, we’ve got you covered. For the most part, road bikes do best with a dry lube while mountain bikes will perform best with an all-around lube or wet lube. Let’s talk about the difference between each kind. Keeping your chain lubed will help cut down on wear and improve shifting over the life of your ride.
Dry chain lubes are just that. Dry. They do a great job minimizing the dirt and grime build-up on the chain and working really well in dry climates like Colorado. The downside to dry lube is that it washes away easily, so puddles, rain, and other general wetness don’t mix well with it. We recommend using dry lube on your road bike to help keep your chain clean and shifting well.
Wet lube has considerably more wax, and or other lubricating properties to it. The reason is to hold up to the elements like rain and muck. Wet lube will hold onto your chain for longer and keep it shifting well in wet conditions. If you live somewhere like the PNW, wet lube is the choice for you.
Then there is the all-around lube. If you’re not sure where you fit in the mix, this is a good option for you. Lubes like Rock N Roll Gold, Squirt, and Pro Gold all work great for general purposes. At the end of the day, keeping your chain lubed up will make you and your bike happy!