Green Oil, Chain Lube
"The World's greenest chain lubricant" -Green Oil
Your any weather wet lube
- Prevents rust
Green Oil chain lube was developed in 2007, and is the country's if not the World's first biodegradable bike chain lube. It lasts in excess of 100 miles on the chain per application (depending on conditions) and has won a wealth of awards - from environmentalists and the bike industry alike.
Green Oil has an easy to use 'snap cap'. Simply twist and pull off in one go. It has a fantastic long nozzle, easy to get to hard to reach areas.
Green Oil chain lube now contains N-Toc, a special refined plant extract to increase durability, increasing the length of time between applications.
Green Oil can also be used for cables, brake leavers, bike locks and for other lube applications. Its versatile.
Why use chain oil?
A chain can be over 99% efficient in transferring energy from your pedaling to kinetic energy to drive the bike forward. Friction occurs between links, and lubricating the chain reduces this - increasing efficiency. Also, your bike chain is exposed to the elements: water + steel = rust. Rust = reduced efficiency (and harder pedaling!) Rust and wear due to friction also reduce the life of your bike chain. Green Oil chain lube reduces both, extending the life of your chain, and reducing friction, for a smoother ride.
Green Oil don't want to encourage too much flying - climate change being a problem of course, but if you do need to take a plane, you can take Green Oil with you.
Green Oil is within the 100ml fluid limit, so you can even take it in your hand luggage (for a cheeky bit of on plane bike maintenance perhaps!).
How is Green Oil green?
Other chain lubes out there contain PTFE and petrochemicals. They don't even bother with proper recycling information! This is crazy, as every fluid used on a bike ends up in the environment, and usually on a mechanics hands. And your hands, and in your garden.
- PTFE creates a carcinogen in its production.
- PTFE accumulates in the food chain, after your bike chain. We don't use PTFE
- Petrochemicals often do harm in the environment and aquatic life
We therefore don't use PTFE or petrochemicals, only natural ingredients.
Green Oil totally biodegradable.
We don't use palm oil - all our ingredients are sustainably sourced. We use plant based ingredients, natural molecules with similar long chain molecules to found in petrochemicals. The mixture used is sticky enough to stay on the chain, but not so sticky excess dirt sticks to it.
Every Green Oil bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic - so don't be surprised if the bottle is a curious colour! The label is made from the same type of plastic as the bottle, to aid efficient recycling.
For more information on Green Oil’s environmental credentials see -
How to apply -
1. Ensure the your bike is secure
2. Preferably clean the chain first, and dry. (A wipe down with a rag is better than nothing)
3. Work out how many times you need to spin the cranks for one chain circulation - Slowly turn the cranks backwards, watching a single chain link go all the way around.
4. Apply Green Oil to the top part of the bottom half of the chain . Apply to one length of the chain. Apply to the 'rollers', the cylinders on the chain.
5. Carefully spin the cranks a few times.
6. Wipe off excess from the outside of the chain with a rag. Its most important to have lube between the links of the chain, rather than on the outside.
NB. If there is snow, we recommend not doing part 6, and putting two layers of Green Oil on, ensuring the whole chain is coated. Salt on the roads means you need extra protection, as salt causes rust- so lots and lots of chain oil is a good thing in these conditions. Generally though a thin layer is cleaner and more efficient.