The chain on my mountain bike takes a beating; sand, mud, dust, grass, water, etc. I’ve tried numerous lubricants with a variety of success. Teflon, bike oil, motor oil and even automatic transmission fluid. The ATF was really smooth, except it attracted everything and constantly slung off on my legs.
The first thing I did was clean my chain and sprockets with Simple Green and a tooth brush. Who knew my sprockets actually were chrome plated? I hadn’t seen those in awhile.
I cleaned all the dirt, grime, and sand from all the crevices. I usually wash my bike after a ride, but obviously I have been missing a few spots.
Once it was all dry, I applied the wax lube. It says to coat the chain, wipe the excess and let dry. I liberally applied it as I rotated the chain several times. I let it sit for about an hour and headed out for a 5 mile ride.
I’m not sure if it was because everything was clean or the lube, but pedaling was significantly smoother. The shifting worked properly and didn’t click or miss. I only rode on pavement for the 5 miles, but the difference was significantly better.
My next trip I’ll take it in the dirt and post an update.