Updated March 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Bike Chain Lubes

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in February of 2017. Your bike can only operate like a well-oiled machine if it is, indeed, well-oiled. This means that you need to take care of that all-important chain by keeping it lubricated and protected against dirt and corrosion. We've put together a list of great options to help you do just that; all you need to do is apply one to your bicycle's drive mechanism, then you'll be ready to hit the road. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best bike chain lube on Amazon.

10. WD-40 Bike

9. Muc-Off C3

8. Bike Medicine Purple Extreme

7. Boeshield T-9

6. Sheep On the Road

5. Dumonde Tech Lite

4. ProGold Extreme

3. Rock N Roll Gold

2. White Lightning Clean Ride

1. Finish Line Dry

Editor's Notes

March 13, 2019:

There is certainly no shortage of available bike chain lubes, and because Gorilla Bike Oil Ultra Premium has become harder to find, we decided to remove it. We still think that White Lightning Clean Ride and Finish Line Dry are top choices; neither is overly expensive, and they both come in smaller and larger sizes, which is helpful depending on how much you ride and how much storage space you have. That said, they are both perhaps better in dry conditions. For those who get out in the rain and muck, we added Boeshield T-9. A waxy film when dry, it stands up against water, meaning that you can rinse it with no worries, too. Plus, it doesn't hurt rubber, fiberglass, paint, or plastic. Finally, we decided to add WD-40 Bike. While most experts agree that regular WD-40 is not a good choice for lubing a chain, this version is specifically formulated to be safe and effective, although it should be said that some users find it overhyped.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on March 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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