At the suggestion of my local bike shop employees I’ve decided to try a new chain lube. For the last year or soI’ve happily been using White Lightening’s Wet Ride lube. It’s a very thick, heavy duty wet lube and in my experience a single application will last a couple hundred miles, in any kind of weather. Rainy and muddy, dry and dusty, through axle deep creek crossing, you name it, White Lightening’s Wet Ride stays on the chain and keeps the drivetrain spinning smoothly and quietly. I rarely need to re-lube my chain.

The problem is, Wet Ride is really messy. Wet lubes can attract dirt which will accelerate wear on your drivetrain, and they make working on your drivetrain a dirty affair. Also, when I do need to re-lube I have to first completely clean and degrease the chain before adding fresh lube. That’s the only way I’ve found to get rid of the gunk and grime that’s stuck to the chain. It’s time consuming, messy, and I’d rather be riding!

Why Squirt?

Squirt Lube is a dry, self cleaning wax-based lube. It goes on wet, then dries leaving behind a waxy substance that will lube moving parts, and then flake away when it gets dirty. That last part is the reason I’ve stayed away from wax-based lubes in the past: they shed like a snake’s skin. I like going on long, all-day rides, and I don’t want my lube to be all gone before I get home. But supposedly Squirt lasts a long time before you need to re-lube your chain and the best part is, when you do need to re-lube, no de-greasing is required. You can simply brush off the old wax, then put new wax on. Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about their lube:

Squirt is a wax based, long lasting dry lube for the use on bicycle chains. This liquid lubricant has unique properties that make it ideal for use in any cycling condition. It had been developed to give better lubrication, last longer and keep the chain cleaner over extreme distances for both MTB and road cycling. No degreasing is required.

Due to Squirt’s composition, build-up due to dirt does not occur and no grinding paste will form. Continuous application can be done without having to clean the chain. Excess wax that gets expelled by the chain does not attract dirt, hardens slightly and falls off during riding. Cleaning with a dry brush is adequate. This lubricant also sticks to the chain longer and extends lubrication intervals.

How’s it going to stand up in the real world? Will creek crossings wash it off? Will it survive 6+hr rides? Does it really stay clean? These are the questions I’m going to answer. In the next post on Squirt I’ll go over the initial application, how it’s withstood various conditions, and how often I’ve had to re-apply.

MSRP is about $12 at your local shop, or $10+shipping directly from Squirt.

# Comments

  • trek7k

    I’ll be interested in reading about your findings. I haven’t had much luck with wax lubes myself – but then again I haven’t had much luck with wet lubes either. All the disadvantages of wet lubes you mention have been true for me: time spent de-greasing, attracting dirt, etc.

    Too bad chains aren’t self-lubing or treated with an anti-friction coating at the factory – I just wanna ride without worrying about that stuff!

  • element22

    There used to be a product that I used at one time in aviation called Moly-Slip…I haven’t seen that in a while but it was a dry graphite spray essentially…Maybe that would work…If you can find it.

    Wet lubes I use with some degree of sucess but as the bottle states I used them only in those types of conditions because they do attract alot of dust and dirt.

    Cleaning a chain though is very important always…Specially if your going from brand to brand or style of lube to another.

  • xhx

    I started using Squirt after I got a sample at a race. I’d been using White Lightning Clean Ride, but had a lot of trouble keeping it on the chain after wet or dusty rides. Since I ride a lot of dirt roads that was a problem.
    Squirt seems to hang out on in the chain longer than the White Lightning, but I haven’t gone on any super wet rides lately. A word of warning – if you use this and ride rollers or a trainer, put a mat down underneath the bike. I found out the hard way that the chain will drop little dirty wax bits on the carpet and they’re a b!tch to clean.

  • Casey_Anderson

    The claims made about Squirt sound like Rock N Roll lube, which is great stuff — when it dries it leaves a thin layer of dry lubricant which seems to stay on for a long time and does not attract dirt.

  • propwash

    I’ve been using squirt for about a year, I love it. But it is the only dry lube I have ever used! I lube up my chain the night before my ride, and thats it.

  • maddslacker

    I used to use Pedro’s Ice Wax and it lubes great and doesn’t attract grime, but it also doesn’t last very long before needing to be reapplied.

    My LBS recommended Rock ‘n’ Roll Extreme. It’s AMAZING and I will be reluctant to ever switch again!

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