White Lightning Clean Ride Lube sets up as a dry wax film. White Lightning Clean Ride's self-cleaning action works by small particles of the outer wax structure flaking off taking dirt, grit, and grime with it. When Clean Ride is used regularly chain cleaning is rarely required. White Lightning recommends Clean Ride for dirty and dusty conditions.
Works best when beginning with a clean chain
For optimal self-cleaning performance, lube should not be mixed with an oil-based lubricant
Due to self-cleaning action, a more frequent application is required after dirty rides.
Rust Protection (2),
Cleans Up Well (3),
runs clean (7)
Mountain Biking (4),
Off Road (3)
5.0 GEARS 8 reviews
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After trying out pretty much every lube out there I am back to White Lighting Clean Ride (for mountain biking). I ride in some dusty, dry, sandy conditions and my chain is always clean, smooth, and quiet.
I shake bottle well, lube about every other ride (about 2-3 hard hours per ride), let it dry, and wipe off excess (otherwise wax will start building up). This results on a very clean chain to which no debris attaches to :-)
However, it does not hold well on wet conditions. If I encounter wet conditions in the trail, once I am done with the ride I will dry the chain and apply more White Lighting, as a hard ride in the rain will wipe the wax clean leaving your chain unprotected.
I also used to apply it to my road/tri bikes, but after consistently getting caught in the rain during the long 100m rides, I switched to a wet lube PROGOLD ProLink, which is nowhere close as clean, but will keep your chain well lubed even after 100 miles in the rain.
Summed up: Very CLEAN drivetrain (if properly applied), very good protection, but not lasting under wet conditions.
Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.
Likes: runs clean, Rust Protection
Works for: Chain, Mountain Biking, Off Road
August 03, 2010
reviewed by: sedonagnarly
I ride in dusty, dry conditions and this lube has worked well for many years. I wipe the chain down after every 40 miles and apply White Lightning Clean Ride. Every 1,000 miles I take the chain off and clean it thoroughly (I use Extreme Simple Green...very cool stuff and no damage to aluminum). I've ridden over 7,500 dusty mountain bike miles with this lube and it works great.
I've used this for both Road and Mountain biking. I prefer it for Mountain as I clean and lube that chain more often and it works great in dry dusty conditions. I prefer something that will last longer in wet conditions on my road bike. Simple to use - wipe the chain down, apply and wipe down after 10 to 20 minutes. Nice to find in the larger container too.
I like the economy of re-filling my relatively 'tiny' white lightning bottle (the one with the special application nozzle).
I recommend obtaining a small funnel dedicated to this task, and refilling outside, on some old newspapers.
I apply this 'wax liquid' (after shaking well) to my chain before every ride, as one of the first steps in preparation for a ride, so it has time to dry while I fill my water bottles, put on my bike shoes, etc.
Where I ride, the trails are dusty for most of the year; I found oil-based lubricants would just pick up the dust grains -- becoming semi-liquid abrasives (sand paper), ruining the very components they were supposed to be protecting.
White Lightning does not have that problem.
Summed up: I've used white lightning for about 20 years and just bought another quart - so I'll use it for at least another five!
Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.
Likes: runs clean
Works for: Mountain Biking, Commuting, Road, Off Road, Chain
December 16, 2011
reviewed by: shoerags
Buying in bulk like this make sense. I go thru a regular size bottle/week, with my six bikes. When I commute, I don't get the mess of regular chain lube on my clothes or hands, especially when I have to do an on road tire change. For commuters, I recommend it highly.