Wet / Dry Lubricants – Which to go for and when.

Editor@Throttle|Updated: August 22, 2017 10:04

For a seamless riding experience, servicing of bike should be a topmost priority. The first thing anyone should do is to check the tension on the chain of the bike, and if it is well lubricated or not. Chain Lubricant is oil or a non-abrasive material that helps moving parts reduce the friction between them. There are two types of lubrication available, dry and wet. Each of them has their own merits and demerits, with geographical locations that they could be useful in.


Dry lubrication or wax lubrication can be used where the chain isn’t subjected to wet conditions as it tends to wash off easily when in contact with water. Dry lubrication is a thin waxy layer (wax or Teflon suspension in alcohol that evaporates, leaving behind the wax on the chain) that can be applied onto the chain, and doesn’t accumulate grime and grit as much as compared to its counterpart. Riding in high altitudes and in dry conditions, dry lubrication can be used. Wet Lubrication (grease or oil) is heavier as compared to dry lubricants, and tends to stay on longer too. It does not wash off easily under rainy conditions, but regular maintenance has to be done as it is a collector of grime and grit.


The key to use both lubricants is to apply them with the proper technique, else the functioning gets hampered. The right way to do this is to apply a drop of lubricant to each link and keep moving forward. After covering the whole chain, wipe down the excess lubricant; let it stay for a couple of hours, and then the bike is ready for a ride.


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