Best Lubes for Winter Mountain Biking
A wet-conditions specific chain lube may be an oversight, but the right lubricant for your drivetrain will preserve your components and ensure efficiency for your bike. Often formulated to resist washing away and even shed debris from your chain, wet lubricants are what you’ll want to use for the upcoming wet winter riding season.
Muc-Off C3 Wet Ceramic Lube Similar in principle to the Muc-Off Wet Lube (Link to other blog here because this was linked and mentioned there), the C3 Ceramic Wet Lube will last longer and makes for a more slippery chain. This results in efficiency while shedding the mud and water from your chain.
Finish Line Wet Lube
How much can one really discuss wet lube? It’s a bottle of synthetic liquids that you put on your bike chain to make it move better and sound quieter while reducing friction and providing lubrication for the moving parts on your bike. This lube specifically is meant to be applied for use in wet or muddy conditions. Finish Line makes a lube just for cases like that. What a great world we live in.
Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube
A wet lube with some fancy chemistry to make applications last longer. The nano-ceramic particles on your chain make for a durable, quiet, and very efficient drivetrain.
Pedros Syn Lube
The OG wet lube, Pedros Syn has been around since 1989 and was a pioneering, ground-breaking synthetic lube for its time. Syn has been engineered to withstand harsh conditions and provides incredible wear protection for the susceptible parts of your drivetrain.
White Lightning Wet Ride
A thick, heavy, durable lubricant, Wet Ride from White Lightning is yet another wet lube in the cycling market that does its job without making too much fuss. Coating your chain in a waterproofing coating and anti-corrosive additives, Wet Ride will be setting you up for success during the coming wet months of the year.
Muc-Off X3 Chain Cleaning Kit After enough riding, the chain on your bike is going to get grimy and downright dirty. Get rid of the gunk with the chain cleaning tool and solution concentration from Muc-Off. The biodegradable lubricant isn’t harsh on mother Earth and smells nice too. Keeping your chain shiny is a breeze with the simplistic device that goes around your chain while back spinning the chain through the brushes and scrubbing wheel. In combination with regular lubing and regular maintenance, getting the most mileage out of your drivetrain starts here.
- Park Tool CC-3.2 Chain Wear Indicator
A chain will, with use, stretch over time due to the friction between links wearing away material. This eventually leads to components in your drivetrain, such as the cassette or chainring, wearing out sooner and costing more in the long run. Replacing your chain before it stretches is crucial and though possible, it can be a pain to determine when your chain needs replaced without the right tool. This chain wear indicator affirms or denies that need within a matter of seconds and for the money is likely to save your wallet in the future.
Nearly Flooded my dorm with the melting snow, but my bike is cleaner than it has been in a long time and the chain still has Muc-Off Wet Lube keeping it running smoothly.
Wet conditions call for adaptation.