follow-up post – bicycle chain lubePosted: October 12, 2013
I’ve now been riding for a couple of weeks with Dumonde Tech D1 bicycle chain lube. I wrote about it here: clean bike chain joy in the change of seasons. Now that I’ve had the chance to ride some miles with it, here’s my assessment: I love it.
It’s a little bit different than a traditional chain lube due to the way it is applied and several reviewers have written about grunge on the chain after first use. I noticed it too after my first ride, but it was because there was definitely some residue I could still feel and it attracted dust. Dumonde Tech says the trick to using it successfully is to wipe your chain dry after the lube has had a chance to adhere to the pins in your links. And they mean really dry (always start with a glistening clean drivetrain before applying new chain lubricant; this is how I clean my drivetrain). After my first ride I wiped my chain with a clean rag and it came off pretty dirty. I rinsed the chain with plain water and let it dry, then I applied a second coat and let it sink in. I then was very meticulous in wiping my chain dry again, and I mean really, really dry. I held my chain with a clean rag and rotated my pedals backwards. Then I held my pedals still and ran the rag back and forth over a section of the chain, rotated my pedals again to get a new section of chain, wiped a clean section of the rag back and forth over that section of chain, etc. I kept repeating this until it felt really, really dry to my bare fingers.
All bicycle chain lubricants work best when the pins in the links are lubricated; not the chain link surfaces themselves. Otherwise your chain will act as a dirt and grunge magnet. This one is no different. However, I’ve noticed it stays cleaner than an oil-based lube when it is applied correctly. After every ride I wipe down my chain and very little dirt comes off, if any. Mostly only if I ride through a puddle and dirty water splashes up on my chain. After about 75-100 miles my chain is still silent and shifting is still a breeze, just like when I first applied it. And it is SHINY! It takes a little bit more work than traditional oil-based lube to make sure it is applied correctly but it’s worth it.
- clean bike chain joy in the change of seasons (mendocino04.wordpress.com)
- my chain was yelling at me (mendocino04.wordpress.com)