|Back to Back Issues Page|
Attack the Singletrack!, Issue #005 -- Which Bicycle Lubricant is Best for your Mountain Bike Chain?
May 15, 2010
Catch the Buzz on Playing in the Dirt
Attack the Singletrack! Issue #005 -- Which Bicycle Lubricant is Best for your Mountain Bike Chain?
Attack the Singletrack brings you mountain bike tips to help you become a better rider and enjoy mountain biking more.
If you like this ezine, please do a friend and me a big favor and pass this information on to them. If a friend forwarded this to you and if you like what you read, click on the link below...
In this Issue...
1) Tip of the Month -- Want to know one thing you can do to significantly improve the performance of your mountain bike without spending a cent?
Click here or scroll down for an essential tip...
2) Which Bicycle Lubricant is Best for your Mountain Bike Chain? -- Got a black, gunky chain? Having shifting problems? Got lots of clunking or squeaking? There may be an easy solution. You may be using the wrong type of bike lube.
Click here or scroll down to find out what which bike lube is best for your riding conditions...
3) What's New on Mountain Bike Buzz -- Click on the links below to learn about new information that has been recently added to the site...
Tip of the Month:
How to Improve the Performance of your Mountain Bike without Spending a Cent--
Decrease your tire pressure. You will be amazed at what a difference it will make in your ride! Running less air in your tires improves traction and helps your tires grip the ground. It also improves balance and control because it allows a larger part of the tire to have contact with the ground.
Too much air in your tires causes them to lose traction easier. They also will bounce off rocks or other obstacles rather than riding over them.
Try decreasing your tire pressure in small increments, like 5 psi at a time. You will know when you hit the right pressure because it will feel right and you will ride better. This sweet spot varies based on your weight.
You know you have gone too low with your tire pressure if your tire rolls under the rim during hard cornering. Also, be careful that you don't go so low that you get a pinch flat, which is when the tube gets pinched between the rim and a rock or other object. You can tell if it it a pinch flat because your tube will have two holes that look like a snake bite.
For more information on tires, please visit our page on
Mountain Bike Tires
Which Bicycle Lubricant is Best for your Mountain Bike Chain?
With all the bicycle lubricants on the market today, are you having trouble deciding which type to use on your chain? Should you buy a drip or aerosol? Should you use a wet, dry, or wax lube?
Drip vs. Aerosol Bike Lube
Bicycle lubricants come in either a drip or aerosol application. I recommend the drip application because it is easier to get the lube directly on the necessary parts of the bicycle chain. The spray lube gets on other parts of the bicycle, which just collects more dust and grime while riding.
Types of Bike Lube
There are several different types of bicycle lubricants. It is important to choose the right kind of bike lubricant to match the conditions you ride in. The following gives you an idea of which types are bike lubes are best for certain riding conditions:
There are many different brands of bicycle lubricants on the market. Some riders like to use their own concoctions or products that are not specifically made for bicycle chains. If you decide to do this, it is a good idea to do some research to make sure they will not damage your chain.
It is important that you have a clean bicycle chain before you apply bicycle lube to it. If it is dirty, the lube will work the dirt into the moving parts of the chain, which accelerates chain wear.
For information on how to clean your bicycle chain and other parts of your mountain bike, including the drivetrain please visit our page on
Click here to see previous issues of Attack the Singletrack!
|Back to Back Issues Page|