You’ve heard the saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” for good reason! Bike lubes are a fundamental component to good bike maintenance and care. They literally keep the wheel turning by ensuring chain, drivetrain and threaded components can all move fluidly. If you want your bike running smoothly, quietly and cleanly, then bike lubes should have pride-of-place in your garage (or wherever your two-wheel baby sleeps!).
Originating in Belgium in 1994, Morgan Blue was and remains a family-owned business that sprang from ‘Morgan Oils’, which serviced the car and farm industries. Once the brand entered the cycling market, it was not long before the professional world took notice. Morgan Blue began to sponsor an increasing number of pro teams to the point where now, present day, the brand is aligned with some 20% of World Tour legs, providing chains for approximately 60% of the teams. Morgan Blue receives regular feedback from riders, soigneurs and mechanics that in turn informs its ongoing product development.
Typically, bicycle lubes are split into one of three categories:
Specialists in bike lubes, Morgan Blue, of course, goes several steps better than simply these three categories.
As the name suggests, this is a wax formula that is perfect for shedding dust and stops dirt and grime from sticking to your chain. As a dry wax, you will need to apply this every ride or every other ride.
Made for exceptionally dry conditions, FM will not only lubricate but also clean your chain. There’s a job halved, although it means you have to apply this a little more frequently.
Perfect for dry and dusty conditions but with a little more grab than wax, and just that little bit easier to apply as well. More suited to MTB and cyclocross.
The most popular in all of Morgan Blue’s line-up, as the name suggests Race Oil is great for competitive (mostly) road racing. It came about as a direct result of pro teams asking Morgan Blue for a lube that would last the distance in gruelling race conditions.
Your go-to lube that will adhere to the chain that little bit longer on extended, mostly road rides.
A specialist formula that is very sticky and tacky and will hold onto the chain no matter what the clouds and rain throw at you! Perfect for your crazy winter rides!
You’ll turn to this option if you just need to care for the kid’s bike or your take-to-the-shops urban bike. A solid all-rounder, available also in a bio option.
If you take your bike seriously, then you’ll want a lube that looks after it for specific conditions. So the answer to this question is - opt for an all-rounder if you’re not too fussed and just want to care for your bike, so it runs well. If, however, you want the best performance from your bike and if you’re out cycling in specific conditions, opt for a bespoke lube. You will see from the list above all the options available to you from Morgan Blue!
Again, this depends on your riding frequency as well as the conditions in which you mostly ride. The basic rule of thumb is; the harsher the conditions and the more often you’re out in them, the more frequently you will need to apply lube. So the answer would be daily or monthly! But don’t worry - your bike will definitely tell you if you’re running late (see next question).
That squeaky wheel will be begging for grease! Yes, you will no doubt literally hear your bike complain that it is time for some lubricant! Alternatively - or in addition - you may also feel it as the components start to move less fluidly, and it becomes harder to turn the pedals.
If you’ve any questions at all about bike lubes, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you, and we’d be delighted to help out.