Bicycle chain lube has come a long way in the past 20 years. Gone are the days of dripping 3-in-1 oil on your chain, wiping it with an old washcloth and calling it good. These days, chain lube is researched almost as much as any other component on your bike.
In the quest for “marginal gains, ” chain lube is one of the new frontiers. While aerodynamic gains are still the king of the hill in terms of gaining seconds during a time trial or race, chain lube efficiency can save a few extra watts. Combine those few watts with savings from ceramic bearings, derailleur pulley bearing, and pedal bearings and you could be saving 5-6% of your energy.
Friction Facts is one of the kings of evaluating your drive train efficiency. They have published tons of material on chain lube efficiency in the past. After doing some reading about the process, I decided to give it a try and see how effective (and long lasting) it is.
Check out my experience after the jump and learn how you can try this bicycle chain lube process yourself at home.