Finally, WD-40 That Won't Ruin Your Bike

A few weeks ago we explained that while WD-40 is useful for everything from unsticking gum to cleaning tile, you shouldn't spray it anywhere near your bike. It causes dirt and dust to stick to your chain, turning it into a mess.

Now the venerable brand will release a whole line of products formulated specifically to clean, protect and preserve your bicycle.

In addition to wet and dry chain lube, WD-40 will also make a heavy duty degreaser for removing old, broken down lube from your drive train, a foam wash for safely lifting dirt from your bike, and a frame protectant that'll keep your 10 speed corrosion free. Sure, all of these products already exists for bikes, but WD-40 says its in-house scientists worked with bike mechanics for over a year to concoct these new potions. We're pretty excited to see what the lubricant legend came up with when the new goos are available in November. [Pitch Engine via UrbanVelo]


    I use kerosene to degrease and chainsaw chain oil to oil the chains. And I'm pretty sure that will be much cheaper than these WD-40 branded stuff.

      Kerosene is oily, so it's terrible for cleaning chains as it leaves a residue. You'd be better of using mineral turps.

    It will sell like hot cakes.. All the lycra covered carbon fibre gods are going to want the best for their $10,000 bikes...

      Oh those lycra dweebs... with their fake sponsor logos all over their bodies. I feel so embarrassed for them.

    You mustn't use very good chains then. All of the DuraAce shimano chains have lube within their internal bearings. Using kero destroys this and makes the chain stiffer and more resistant to rolling. That means that you're wasting energy overcoming your dry chain rather than propelling yourself forwards!

    In my experience any oil on a bike chain will attract dirt, it's a necessary evil.

      Oil certainly will but you should not be using oil on your chain. Chain lubricants are usually graphite-based and have been for decades.

    Kero IS apropriate for all Bike Chains, just ask your Old school Mechanic. The whole point of using Kero is that it leaves an oily residue so your chain isn't completly "dry" before you put a good lube on it. Good lubes are either "Dry" for dry enviroments like ProLink or "Wet" for wet enviroments like Tri-flow (which has teflon in it not Graphite)
    DocPhil, all chains come with some lubrication but it has to be replaced no chain can be used with out lubrication and if you lubricate it you will eventualy need to clean it. Kerosene is as good a degreaser as any, the only downside is disposing of it.
    I base all the above on twenty years of riding and looking after a number of bikes.

      A bike nut named Sheldon? Hmm... :)

      When it comes to disposing of your kerosene, you shouldn't need to chuck it all out. If you leave your used container aside for several days, the muck should settle out at the bottom and you'll be able to reuse the clean stuff from the top. You could even filter it if you're feeling keen, that way you could just chuck the muck out with the dirty filter.

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