- Chain lube is not only about keeping your chain clean – it can also make you faster
- The chemical formulations used in chain lube require meticulous development
- Muc-Off’s latest chain lube product, delivered a stellar performance for Olympic cyclists
Chain lubrication can save you money and make you faster.
It remains one of the few maintenance and performance gains not requiring the assistance of a professional mechanic.
An adequately lubricated bicycle chain will last much longer due to its reduced friction, which generates wear. And if you consider what new drivetrain components cost, preventing premature chain and gear wear, is a very worthwhile investment in time and effort.
The other benefit of properly cleaning and lubing your chain is superior performance. A drivetrain with lubrication that penetrates the chain’s rollers will create less parasitic drag – and that means more of your pedalling effort transfers to spinning that rear wheel instead of being lost to parasitic drag.
Most cyclists have a favourite chain lube preference. And many of these chain lube brands make bold claims about their product quality.
Muc-Off is a UK bike cleaning and lubrication brand which has invested a great deal in developing its product. The name is Ludicrous AF formulate of chain lube.
The claim for this new chain lube is that it penetrates all those tiny metal scars that develop in the lifetime of a drivetrain. This allows the Ludicrous AF chain lube to create a smoother interface between the individual components that make-up a chain, making it last longer and run slicker.
Part of Muc-Off’s invested in new R&D equipment includes a white light interferometer. This device empowered the Muc-Off chemistry and engineering team to evaluate how chain lube beds into a chain, on the molecular level.
What is in this new wonder chain lube? Muc-Off says the formulation includes proprietary additives, including synthetic polymers – ideal for long-distance riding.
Unlike many other chain lubes, which either work in dusty or muddy conditions, the Ludicrous AF formula is an all-purpose lubricant, for summer and winter riding.
How good is it? Well, six of the Olympic cycling gold medalists in Tokyo were using Ludricous AF.