Squirt Low Temperature Chain Lube review

This version of Squirt’s biodegradable wax lube is specially formulated for cold conditions – but has a few issues with wet ones

Squirt Lube
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you want your bike to be free of the black grime caused by wet 'oil' lubes and want to enjoy extremely smooth chain running for the first part of your ride at least, Squirt is perfect. But the fact that it washes off so easily and needs applying before every ride could put many people off. I would recommend it for summer use, but a more tenacious wet lube is better suited to winter.

Reasons to buy
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    Very smooth running

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    No build-up of oily black grime

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    100 per cent biodegradable

Reasons to avoid
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    Washes off easily

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    Needs reapplication the night before every ride

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    Chain plates can rust

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Squirt Low Temperature Chain Lube is a 100 per cent biodegradable wax lube that its manufacturer says stays clean, is longlasting, and extends drivetrain life. We tested the regular ‘summer’ version last year and gave it 9/10. This winter version has a modified congealing point for cold conditions.

Following Squirt's instructions, it is possible to get your chain running silky smooth with no build-up of abrasive black paste. However, Squirt requires a much more rigorous chain care regime than a standard wet lube such as Finish Line; you end up using a lot more as a result, and it’s over twice the price.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.