As most chain lubricants require a cleaning step prior to application, Rock “N” Roll chain lubes stand out. It combines the two steps leaving one less thing to carry on a multi-day tour and one less thing to forget while traveling – not to mention the time-savings of being able to clean and lube at the same time. And all of this comes at a price well below the average of available alternatives.
Wait. Cleaner and lube in one?!
For many bicyclists, we’ve been long told that chains must be spotless before applying chain lube. Adding a traditional lube to a dirty chain will leave you with a slimy mess of speed-eating grit and goo. The formulation of Rock “N” Roll and the specified application method of freewheeling the chain backwards bring grit and dirt to the surface of the chain where it can be wiped away. And in its place, the lube works down around the rollers and pins to create a protective membrane keeping out dirt and moisture.
The Dirt Jumps Out At You
Bicycles, being on rubber tires, are not grounded, resulting in the bicycle serving as an electro-static generator. As you roll along, the bike develops a slight charge that attracts dirt particles that accumulate on the chain. Rock “N” Roll claims the protective membrane created by their lube offsets this charge, keeping the chain cleaner for longer.
The different formulations available, Extreme, Gold and Absolute Dry, relate to the thickness of this membrane. The Absolute Dry formulation is intended for dry, road conditions where the thicker protective membrane limits the effects of the bikes inherent negative charge. For MTB, the dirt kicked up by the front tire is a magnitude higher than any positively charged accumulations. The Extreme formulation provides a thin membrane that does less for limiting the effect of these accumulations, but handles wet conditions or water crossings with aplomb. The Gold formulation provides the best of both allowing for a wider range of potential riding conditions and is excellent for cyclists with both road and mountain machines.
Chinese Water Torture
Small squeaks and creaks of the cycling drive-train become attacks on the senses akin to water torture after long hours in the saddle. Finding a lube that keeps the peace on a double century or bike packing epic, while also providing the lubricity demanded by 11 and 12 speed drivetrains, makes Rock “N” Roll Gold stand out. Silence is golden and the gold formulation will be right at home on the shelf of not just the demanding enthusiast, but also the commuter, recreational rider and weekend warrior. (rocklube.com)