Pro Gold Extreme Lube
How do you know a lube is working? You forget that it’s there.
That’s exactly what happened earlier this winter when I started the PRO Gold Challenge. I ride my bike to work 4 days a week after “warming up” for a few hours on my computrainer. I wanted to see how long I could go without lubing my drive train. Keep in mind my daily riding is roughly an hour a day to and from. The Conditions speak for themselves, anywhere between -2 and -30, snow, slush, ice, form on paths and bridge crossings in Ottawa to form a substance that I call “Snush” which is a combination of all the above and PRO Gold lubes somehow still shifts with this mess of winter mixed in to the drive-train.
So I ride to work, hang the bike in the basement, and grab it at the end of the day for the trek back home. I’m pleased to say that the drive train test lasted so long, I forgot I was doing it. I went just under 4 weeks without having to lube the drive train. That is absolutely crazy compared to other product. I’m still on the same bottle of PRO Gold Extreme Lube. In comparison last year I went through about 4 bottles of another product, so I can say it works at least 4 times better and my shifting has stayed pretty good considering the conditions.
That’s how I know a lube works, I forget that it’s there. For me, it’s such a huge time saver. When I finish my training, I basically change shorts, bundle up and set off to the office. I don’t have the time or patience to mess around with lube in the freezing cold in between the training and the commute, after all I have to keep all my body heat as long as I can.
Sure, it’s just bike lube, it’s not the most exciting or sexy product out there, but when you’re riding in -20, you need your bike to be working because you need every watt you can get to battle the wind and the snow. Studies have shown a clean and lubed drive train can definitely save you a few watts. There’s a reason is called PRO Gold, because that’s what the Pros use.
Unless you have extra time or money to spend on lube, do yourself a favor, get PRO Gold and forget about it.
Derrick St John