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In cycling terms, talking lubes with bike riders is like discussing religion and politics at a dinner party or family gathering, we can be set in our ways! So, to get it out there, we love wet lubes. Why? It goes back to what FKB stands for, Father Knows Best. Our fathers, being mechanical people, always had us lubing and greasing everything that tightened or moved. For us lube has only one job, and that is to lube. Products that claim to reflect or not attract dirt, dry and create wax like lubricant to us are a distraction. We want our lubes to one thing exceptionally well, lube.

All wet lubes will attract some level of trail or road filth, higher quality synthetic lubes will run clean, and due to their formulation, clean out the dirt from the links and cogs. By applying the correct amount of lube, you can have a clean, fast, smooth and silent drive chain for miles of enjoyable riding.

The PEDALIT FKB range has two types of lubes, the Race Lube being a lighter dry weather race day lube, but also a fantastic general lube due to the penetration capabilities. Then our favourite ride lube, the Legend. FKB legend is a premium synthetic lube designed for the smoothest of riding in the toughest of conditions.

How to Lube with FBK Race

  1. Degrease chain thoroughly with RESURRECTION Degreaser. 
  2. With the chain on the large chain ring and a middle sprocket at the rear, apply approximately 1.25 ml of FKB Race Lube using syringe applicator to each roller while gently hand pedalling backwards. Do not change gears.
  3. Preferably allow chain to dry for 12 hours as solvent will evaporate.
  4. Using rag, wipe chain excess aggressively, including chain ring and cog teeth.
  5. FKB Race Lube will push sludge and dirt out of the drive chain, so after each ride, run the chain and cogs lightly through a rag.

How to Lube with FKB Legend

FKB Legend Lube is a high performance synthetic lube, that will give best results when simple steps are taken to apply.

  1. Degrease chain thoroughly with RESURRECTION Degreaser. 
  2. With the chain on the large chain ring and a middle sprocket at the rear, apply approximately 1.25 ml of FKB Legend Lube using syringe applicator to each roller while gently hand pedalling backwards. Do not change gears.
  3. Work in lube by hand pedaling chain backwards for two minutes.
  4. Using rag, wipe chain excess aggressively, including chain ring and cog teeth.
  5. FKB Legend Lube will push sludge and dirt out of the drive chain, so after each ride, run the chain and cogs lightly through a rag.

General Tips for All Lubes

  • High quality lubes shouldn’t require excessive application. This makes us question the actual oil mix, with it likely having a higher petroleum / solvent base that will dissolve. Always remove excess oil before riding. If possible measure. All FBK lubes come with syringe applicator.
  • Wipe down drive chain after every ride. Not a full on clean, but a 10 second wipe of chain, cogs and cranks.
  • Apply extra lube for nasty conditions. If the weather is that bad, then you will be degreasing and washing after the ride regardless, so ensure you have enough lube for the ride to keep everything moving freely. FBK Legend is a fantastic lube for the toughest of rides.
  • There are no shortcuts to effective lubing of chains. Start with a properly degreased chain (see How to Degrease a Bike). Take the time to apply the right amount, work it in, remove excess. Then after each ride a gentle wipe down to remove any build up.

Where else should you lube?

Same rules apply, with quality lube a little goes a long way. Apply and wipe of excess.

  • Gear pulleys
  • Front and rear gear pivots
  • Brake and gear lever mechanisms (We recommend FBK Race for this task)
  • Brake pivots

Basically, if it moves, other than braking surfaces, then lube to protect, enhance performance and longevity.

Enjoy you riding.

 

March 25, 2017 by Team PEDALIT