Easy-to-apply lube that stays in place well and protects the chain even in harsh winter conditions
Easy to apply
Need to use a bit more than other lubes
Contents need to be shaken to mix before use
Needs lots of rags to clean the chain down
Rock "N" Roll Gold lubricant is recommended for road and mountain bike use, which is great because I’ve needed to use this lubricant on my cyclo-cross bike's chain as well as a couple of road machines over the winter. Before use I noticed the contents tend to separate out within the bottle with a waxy layer falling to the bottom, so you need to give it a good shake to mix everything up before starting.
Rock "N" Roll tells you to apply a stream to the chain as you turn the cranks, then rotate the chain backwards for around five seconds. This should be enough time for the lube to penetrate the chain and wash out any grime. It has a pretty standard nozzle so application is easy.
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After this, you need to wipe any excess off the chain. Rock "N" Roll tells you to do this very thoroughly, so that the chain is left shiny and you'll need to. It also says that you should clean excess lube off the chainwheels.
And that’s it. You can ride straight away, although it’s better to leave the chain overnight before riding.
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The net result is a very shiny chain that stays that way. I’ve ridden a good few miles on road bikes without needing to reapply, with Rock "N" Roll saying that you can just wipe the chain down after a ride.
It’s also shrugged off muddy rides on a cyclo-cross bike without the chain getting clogged up or going rusty, although Rock "N" Roll makes an Extreme formulation that it says is more suitable for mountain bikes and wet road rides.
At £9 for just under 120ml, Gold is reasonable value compared to other chain lubricants, and is effective and long lasting.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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