Like many other cyclists before me, my love of the bike was passed down from a parent. I remember the childish excitement of my first real bike (still hanging in the garage, actually) purchased as an 8th grade graduation present. Though my 1-mile commute to school was nothing like racing, I poured over my dad’s photos from his velodrome days (flourescent pink, teal, and green racing jerseys…*the 80s*) and pretended it was me, on my 26″ mountain bike racing down the paved path.
Of course, cycling is a bit of a strange sub-culture, full of it’s own rules and habits that are almost impossible to discern from the outside. Luckily I had my dad to teach me things like the benefits of bibs over shorts, how to ride in a paceline, and, once I started racing, the intricacies of shaving my legs.
While I still hold dearly to most of what he taught me, I recently had to admit he was wrong about something. For years growing up, we used White Lightning bike lube. I thought that wax-based stuff was the bee’s knees, and I probably applied it far too often in an attempt to have a pristine chain (every second counts!). I kept doing that until recently when, after being made fun of a few too many times for my filthy chains, I asked Spencer how he kept his chain so dang clean. This is where my mind was blown.
Our shop mainly uses Rock-n-Roll lubrication for our grease needs, but I’d never tried their chain lube. But now that I’ve tried the Rock-n-Roll Gold Lube, I’m never, ever going back. Seriously. This stuff is ridiculous. One of the biggest issues with my prior habit was that I was continuously needing to clean my chain. Who wants to do that when they could be out riding, right? This stuff not only lubes your chain, but it cleans it too! Here’s what they have to say about it on their website:
“The formulation goes deep down into the chain and traps any dirt. Then, with the energy of the chain freewheeling backwards, the dirt and grit floats to the surface so you can wipe it all off, leaving a new and clean application of lube inside the chain, where it’s needed. The lube down inside the chain creates a protective membrane to seal out dirt and moisture from the moving parts of the chain.”
If you think that’s cool, check out some of their logic behind the protective membrane:
“Bicycles, being on rubber tires, are not grounded, making the bicycle a static electricity machine. As the bicycle rolls along, positive charge build up will bring dirt and dust particles from the road onto the bike. The bike will discharge and do it all over again, bring up more dirt. Ever wonder why you have a perfect dust line on the front of your fork blades or on the cable housings. That’s how the bike gets dirty on the road, on dry days. The dirt is also going to stick to whatever is sticky on the bike. Of course, the chain is the number one spot.”
Now, I realize that sounds a bit too-good-to-be-true, infomercial speak. But I promise, we’re not offering four for the price of one, or any crazy shipping and handling costs. Just a really awesome lube.
If you’re the kind of person who craves data and is willing to pay for it, there are some sweet 3rd-party reports to back them up. Head over to Friction Facts and get the official word. Essentially, Rock-n-Roll Gold Lube was the most effective after-market lube at reducing friction, saving you somewhere around 4 watts on average. Think about it: spending 4 calories to put on the lube saves you hundreds more down the road! Try and tell me that’s not worth it.