I suppose chain lube is like many things we use with our bikes; we all have our choices, it is something you just use and hope it works but does the choice of lube really make a difference?
As my lube supplies ran low I had to decide on replenishment. Once I saw the pictures of the girls with ‘Give Me A Squirt’ printed on their lycra tops (easily found via google), I thought that if a company is cool enough to appeal to a man’s basic instincts then their products must be OK. Yes, I can be that shallow. Maybe we could ask the Squirt girls to meet up with the Moles mid-ride in case anyone needs their chain checking? Probably best not to go there…
More seriously I was getting fed up with wet and dry lubes, never knowing which one to use or having to change each ride, and then there is the need to clean the chain so often. I looked around and decided to give Squirt lube a chance.
I am delighted with it, just follow the instructions carefully and you will end up with a clean and silent drive train throughout your ride, whatever the conditions (so far!). If you have seen the photos of my nano tech pedals then you will notice just how clean my chain and rear cassette were following two muddy rides that day and yet I have not cleaned the chain or gears for nearly 3 weeks!
You clean, degrease and dry the chain (and obviously the rear cassette and derailleur), then add a drop of Squirt to each roller. Let it dry and reapply. Let it dry again and now you are good to go. It is important to let Squirt dry before riding because it is applying a wax coating that protects the chain. I have also used Finish Line wax lube but this is much better. I have even noticed that the amount being used is not as great as you think while applying it, so a small bottle should last awhile.
Of course you still need to check the chain but as Squirt makes your chain ‘self-cleaning’ you just need to add more when required, and yes – that works. So easy.
I have been using it for about two months on dusty and sandy trails in the UK and Netherlands, and more recently some muddy Chilterns rides. I just cannot fault this lube, my chain and rear cassette have run smoothly and quietly and look clean after every ride.
Can it be used all year round ? I suspect that when the time comes it will just mean more applications. I would caution though, that since using Squirt I have not been riding in very muddy/quagmire, heavy rain or winter conditions so it remains to be seen just how long lasting it is in more typical British weather than we have recently experienced. Something else that will be interesting is whether Squirt helps to prolong the life of the drive train.