Our best oils, greases, degreasers and when to use them



What is the best fat for cycling?

Bike grease tends to be semi-solid and is quite gloopy, it’s good to stop the bike parts from melting and repel water. The main uses are to coat the threads of the pedals to prevent rust inside the bearings and hubs (if you put them without grease, water will get in and rust, and you will not be able to remove the pedals to replace them) .

  • Discover this Muc-Off biodegradable grease from Go outside, for € 13.00
  • Another option is TF2 lithium grease from Amazon, for € 2.49
  • Finish line make a teflon grease from Rutland Cycling, starting at € 6.28

There is also carbon assembly paste, which can be used for example to coat a carbon seat post to fit into a carbon bike frame, this will prevent them from merging. Try this Morgan Blue Carbon assembly paste from Chain reaction cycles, for £ 9.95.

What is the best bicycle degreaser?

WD40 is a cutting oil, which can be used to strip the bike chain of its debris before re-oiling it.

  • Take your own WD40 Amazon, for £ 6.00.
  • Another option is the GT85 spray from Amazon, for € 3.00

What is the best bicycle oil?

Oil is a lubricant, and the main thing you need to oil a bicycle is chain. You need to spray the chain with degreaser first to remove dirt and remove the old oil, then apply your fresh oil. You should use damp oil in humid weather (thicker and more glossy, so does not wash off so easily but can clog the transmission), or dry oil for dry weather.

Here are our top picks for wet oil:

  • We love Finish Line Wet Lube from Tredz bikes, from € 3.99
  • Muc-Off Wet Chain Lubricant is another popular choice among Amazon, from € 3.49.
  • Or try White Lightning Wet Ride Oil Tredz, from € 6.99

Here are our top picks for dry oil:

  • Try Finish Line Dry Lubricant Stir, from € 7.99
  • This Muc-Off dry lubricant is biodegradable from Tredz, from € 3.99
  • Try Zefal Dry Chain lubricant from Tredz, for € 4.99

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