RIDE ME­CHANIC BIKE SYRUP

WO R D S : MIKE BLEWITT IM­AGES MIKE BLEWITT

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested -

The world of chain lu­bri­cants is messy and sticky if you can par­don the pun. Most rid­ers and bike me­chan­ics will have their choices for what works for their trails, their rid­ing, and their main­te­nance sched­ule.

Ride Me­chanic are an Aus­tralian owned and run com­pany mak­ing prod­ucts here in Aus­tralia that work re­ally well for our con­di­tions. Ride Me­chanic Bike Mix and Bike Milk are two pop­u­lar mid and dry lubes, but the ad­di­tion of Bike Syrup has re­ally ex­tended the range.

While tar­geted more at road and com­muter cy­clists, the wet chain lube is long-last­ing and runs very qui­etly thanks to a cush­ion­ing ad­di­tive. Like any chain lube, it is best to add it to a freshly de­greased driv­e­train, and Ride Mec­ah­nic sug­gest a drop atop every 3rd roller, be­fore backpedalling the lube in and wip­ing off the ex­cess.

With a few months use I can as­sure you it is very quiet, and lasts very well in damp con­di­tions. It’s not the choice for su­per dry trails as it lit­er­ally at­tracts dust and falls off. But for rides with lots of creek cross­ings or stand­ing wa­ter it is per­fect. It is dif­fi­cult to choose one chain lube to rule them all – the Ride Me­chanic Bike Syrup is in­stead an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to the rest of their range. It might seem ex­pen­sive but given how much you need, the 60mL con­tainer will last you a long time. HITS Quiet and ef­fi­cient driv­e­train Cleans up eas­ily Lasts for ages! MISSES Not for all con­di­tions

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