Wet Lube....isn't it just a dirt magnet?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by grellboy, 15 Sep 2018.

  1. grellboy

    grellboy Senior Member

    Just replaced my sharks tooth chainset on my cx, my own fault due to my own shabby maintenance routine. Anyway, have turned over a new leaf (honest!) And have promised myself to keep on top of cleaning. I have 100% success rate so far! However, it occurred to me what applying the wet lube that surely this could be part of the problem. Doesn't it's sticky nature actually attract dust and dirt, thus exacerbating the problem? I know dry lube has it's place, but why exactly is wet considered superior for most if the year? Please bear in my mind that I'm asking this in relation to off road/trail riding on a cx, rather than just the straightforward grime of the road.
  2. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Yep, dirt magnet, unusable in coastal areas IMO. I don't go any thicker than "all weather" and that seems to remain liquid in the barely subzero we get here.
  3. OP

    grellboy Senior Member

    That makes sense. I live a stone's throw from the beach on the East coast.
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Wet lube is better in mucky conditions, dry lube just collects it all into a mass. MTB - wet lube, road, no muck, dry, winter wet.
  5. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    It's a difficult one. I try and adjust my lubricant to the weather. During summer I'll often use dry lube, but I have to carry some with me as even a modest downpour can strip it from the chain and that's not a good thing. Wet lube sticks to the chain much better in inclement weather I just ensure that I give the chain a good wipe down after riding, and then during winter I'll throw it in the sonic cleaner once every week or so.

    FWIW I live right by the coast also, and never really noticed much build up of grit/sand unless riding on paths right next to the beach.
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  6. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    Wet lube year round. The key is to oil the bushings only and clean off the excess once it seeped into the rollers.
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  7. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    As for chainsaw oil ... :wacko:

    (Several people recommended it but I found it horribly gloopy and ended up with strings of it all over the back of my bike.)
  8. My lube of choice in the Outer Hebrides (Finish Line tho' not Muc Off)
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  9. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    As @Moodyman says, you’re supposed to wipe off the excess from the outside.

    I thought everyone round these parts was a devotee of the @mickle school of chain cleaning, but I guess not.

    As someone who lives by the coast, I’d say that’s nonsense.
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  10. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Bit naughty of you to edit out where I put "in my opinion". I lived by the Wash and I've lived by the Bristol Channel and wet lubs has given very poor results in both places. You can have a different opinion if you like but I won't use wet lube while there's anything else in the shed.
  11. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    I use wet lube (Muc Off C3 Ceramic) year round.
    Just mickle the chain every couple of weeks, or more often if needed. No problem.

    I've tried dry lube during the summer and it's fine but as has been stated upthread it only takes a shower to strip it all off mid ride.
  12. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Any post on an internet forum is a statement of opinion so the qualifier is redundant.
  13. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    wet lube also removes dirt - look at the colour of the oil you apply and look at the colour of the cloth when you wipe the chain, thats the dirt and contaminates being flushed out.
  14. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    This is fascinating. I normally favour TF2’s wet lube which reminds me a bit of chainsaw oil seeing the ‘strings’ as you apply and also on the jockey wheels.

    This summer I tried TF2’s dry lube which just seems to be a thin oil rather than a solvent with suspended wax. I’m not certain of all of the above. The TF2 dry lube, like the wet lube, seems to go black.

    I tried Finish Line’s dry lube which is definitely a solvent with (wax?) suspended in the liquid. Easy to apply and dries quickly. I haven't noticed any blackness or gunk from wax (shavings) building up. Only used daily for 2 weeks so it is early days. No heavy rain or freezing conditions either. I’m going to try it on my Audax bike and see.
  15. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Not So Special One

    North Yorkshire
    As @NorthernDave mentioned, I too use a ceramic wet lube (finish line). It really sticks to the chain but surprisingly isn’t sticky like other wet lubes. Every other week to clean the chain I spray a rag with WD40 or GT85, run the chain through the rag, then reapply lube.
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