Wet or dry lube?

Samvan77 Posts: 85
edited January 2013 in Road beginners
Hi all,

Newbie here, I hope you can help me with this. For winter bike maintenance which type of lubricant is best to use dry or wet lubricant?




  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
  • I'm afraid you'll get a lot of answers to this. I use a 'wet' lube all year round (Green Oil), but some people use 'dry' in summer and 'wet' in winter, and others only ever use 'dry'. In other words, both can work. With that said, you can't go far wrong with a good basic 'wet' lube, and it's very easy to apply.
  • +1 to wet, in my (limited) experience it lasts longer
  • lostboysaint
    lostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    Wet. White Lightning.
    Trail fun - Transition Bandit
    Road - Wilier Izoard Centaur/Cube Agree C62 Disc
    Allround - Cotic Solaris
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Or refer to the other SAME thread in Road General!!!!!!
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • tetley10
    tetley10 Posts: 693
    Do you de grease the chain section as well as the rings on the back.

    So degreaser all over, leave for 10 minutes then wash off, dry and add the wet/dry lube?

    Is the the general approach?
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Clean the chain and cassette/jockey wheels/chainrings.

    Apply lube to the chain (rollers not side plates) and wipe off excess drips.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • awsm
    awsm Posts: 210
    Commuter - Wet
    Weekender - Dry

    Wet lasts longer but is messier and picks up a lot more crud

    Dry doesn't pick up as much crud but doesn't last as long either