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White Lightning Chain Lubricant

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White Lightning's “Self-Cleaning” wax-based lubricant is the original, unchanged, and some say the best chain, derailleur, and cable lube around. Pick up a squeeze tube to try out, and then come back for the big Jug-O'Lightning when you find out what's up.

Tech Specs

Recommended Use:
mountain and road biking, moving parts

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5 5

Great lube!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this exclusively for years on my mountain and road bikes. I agree it leaves a waxy residue to a degree but the protection is invaluable. When applying which I do on a work stand by turning the crank it does sling a bit of the lube. But just as always as any good mechanic would have on a hand a shop rag to wipe off the frame. Great stuff and one should give it a try.

3 5

Decent Lube

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works alright. Kinda greased up my chain more than I liked. Left some creepy residue on my chain/bike frame

4 5

Super smooth, super clean

You like it clean and slippery? This is your stuff - sets up nice on the chain and keeps things silky smooth for lots of miles. When its time to reapply, a tiny bit of citrus cleaner and a rag gets you shiny and ready for more. Oh and if that weren't enough, also extremely flammable for all your grill lighting needs (don't really do that...).

5 5

love this stuff

this really is a great product! put it on a new chain and it will keep that chain clean and protected as well as well lubricated. it's especially great if your riding wet and muddy conditions!

5 5

good stuff

keeps everything moving as it should. very good keeping sand and dirt from sticking to your chain an other precious parts. excellent lubricant, been using it for years.

4 5

OK Lube

This lube doesn't leave as much grime on the chain as some other lubes I have used, but if you have a problem with your chain, you better be carrying some surgical gloves in your saddle bag, because your hands will still be covered in grease after handling your chain, even with this lube. I have also noticed that this lube doesn't last as long on the chain, so you have to apply it more often. According to the instructions, that is a feature of this lube, as it sheds itself from your chain, it also sheds the dirt, making your components last longer. I would recommend this lube, but listen carefully to your drivetrain, it will tell you when it needs lubed again.

4 5

Fine for the East

A lot of discussion whether this is an East Coast intended lube. I would say yes. It shed wet soils and trail debris efficiently, but didn't perform nearly so well when I moved to CA for undergrad. I rode this lube primarily in PA/VT, and did consistently clean my chain after long rides because of general issues with mud/grit. I will admit that such consistent cleaning probably helped maintain the chain in suitable condition for this wax-based lube. Summary: if you ride on the torturous, ever-shifting conditions of the East where humidity is king, White-Lightning could be your Queen.

2 5

Doesn't last long

I wanted the wax-based lube to work, I loved the idea of a cleaner chain and parts. But it just didn't last long enough for me. I found that when I applied it properly it was good for about 150 to 200 miles then I would have to reapply it. The final straw came when it ran dry during a ride, I still had a good two hours back to the house with a squeaky chain. Switched to tri-flow and never looked back.

4 5

great taste less filling

i didn't really pay attention to the bottle size when i ordered, but now i realize 8oz is twice the size of your standard squeeze bottle you'd find in most shops, which i LOVE cause it's lasts a ton longer. I had been using the rock n' roll from my LBS, but that would do really weird things if i left it in my car in the sun. This one has worked great and doesn't get bloated and explode in my car (at least not so far).

5 5

good stuff maynard

works very well without excess grease and last significantly longer than the pedros-bad experience with the cap

sold on this brand, no reason to switch or try anything else

5 5


Keeps everything slippery and shifting great. Like the screw on top it keeps everything int he bottle unlike Pedro's lube. Just make sure you shake it up.

I hear these wax based lubes are really...

I hear these wax based lubes are really only good for wet weather conditions, otherwise the wax clings tight to dirt and sand grit. I know it states it is self cleaning though so whats up?

Responded on

In all honesty, we don't put wax based lubes on in our shop because they do trap tons of sand, grit, and otherwise. We're also located in an arid desert environment.I personally prefer Finish Line's Dry Lube, which Backcountry doesn't carry (sadly).I concur with Matt, except that I won't use anything but Dumonde Tech. If you're going to use White Lightning on your chain, clean the chain first, then clean it again after you've applied the lube to remove the excess(actually proper technique for any lube). Or you could just use Dumonde, which is way better and smells like blue cheese. KC

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White lightning makes a 3 different types of lube, Clean ride, Epic ride, and I think Wet ride, all with difference characteristics. Sadly RealCyclist only carries Clean ride, but at places like REI you can get all 3. On the back of the bottles they state what lube is best for what.
Edit: I picked up the Clean ride wax based lube a few weeks ago, and I really like it. The wax aspect to it do a good job of preventing too much crap from getting on your drivetrain, and then when its time to clean it off, most gunk is stuck to the waxy part and comes right off with a brush.