This little piece of trivia also means that your bicycle is a really efficient static electricity producer. As you ride your bike, it’s tossing out negatively charges ions like candy from a parade. In turn, the dirt on the ground is positively charged and is pulled up onto the bike to replace the negative discharge. In nature, physics like balance.
What this all means is that the dirt is going to stick to whatever is most sticky on the bike and unless you tend to dribble sports drink all over your frame, your chain is the stickiest thing on your bike. So what you need from a lube is not only lubrication for your chains’ links, you need something to protect it from all those marauding positively charged dirt particles.
Rock N’ Roll Lubrications founder Mark Patterson knows this kind of thing because he’s a petroleum engineer and a former pro bike racer (a rare combination) and he used his rare knowledge to formulate the finest line of bicycle specific lubes on the market. All Rock N’ Roll chain lubes are designed to clean and lube at the same time by penetrating deep into your chain and floating dirt particles to the surface where you can wipe them off (it’s a participation sport). Rock N’ Roll lubes then create a protective membrane to keep out new dirt and keep on lubin’ the chain.
It all sounds good in theory but the proof is in the puddin’. I’m not the best at cleaning my chain. My life is too hectic to care and I tend to ride my bike hard and put ‘er up wet so I expect a lot out of my lube. It needs to last for several rides and not collect too much dirt. I tried out three of Rock N’ Rolls products:
Extreme Chain Lube
Gold Chain Lube
– Rock N’ Roll’s newest product. Touted as being good for any type of riding, the gold seemed to do everything that the Extreme did only it seemed to last even longer. This is probably the best all around chain lube that I’ve used.
Keep in mind that these ain’t no sissy water based lubes (Patterson is a petroleum engineer, by God, and he’s gonna use petroleum) – they contain petroleum distillates so you don’t want to soak in it like Palmolive and you don’t want to huff it. Use it in a well-ventilated area.
Rock N’ Roll offers a full line of lubricants including 4 chain lubes, 4 grease products and a variety of other grease related stuff like nipple grease (spoke nipples you jerk), Toob Spooge (reduces flats) and a mysterious non citrus degreaser product. While I can’t tell you much about the magic behind Patterson’s Formulas (that’s top secret proprietary stuff) I can tell you that it’s just really good shit.