Bicycle chain lubricant, chain lube or chain oil is an essential item for your bike maintenance. It ensures the hardworking moving parts of your bike chain are able to move smoothly past each other, it helps stop the chain wearing down or rusting, and makes your ride less clunky and more comfortable.
If you’ve noticed your chain sounding rattly, find it doesn’t shift between gears as easily as it used to, or it’s looking a little rusty, then it’s time to oil your chain.
There are a variety of bike chain oils and lubes on the market. Although it’s a bit of a mine-field to work out which one is suitable for your bike and in what weather condition.
- It’s always best to clean your chain before applying bicycle chain lube. This gets the muck and dirt out of the way so the lubricant can get where it needs to go.
- Some bicycle chain lubes will only work if applied to a clean, degreased, dry chain – read the instructions on the oil to check.
- Chain lubricants will work on all types of bicycle, including road, mountain and commuter bikes.