by Gary Strang, PCI #1457
London (ON) Police Service
IPMBA Membership Coordinator
It’s not often I feel motivated to talk about lubrication products. With so many choices out there, it matters more that you’re just using something vs. nothing on that neglected chain of yours. Brand A or Brand X is less important than just taking care of the moving parts of your bike. But, let’s say you are already taking care of your bike, or, at least, you want to. You keep it clean and lubricated, and you appreciate that it shifts clean and snappy and that it runs quietly. For you, I highly recommend trying the ProGold line of lubricants and other fantastic products that this company offers.
I’m going to speak in particular to the Prolink Chain Lube and the Xtreme Chain Lube. These two excellent products have the ability to stay in place without becoming gunky or loaded with road dirt. The chain lube is a thin-bodied lubricant that doesn’t build up with gunky dirt. The Xtreme version has just a little more “hanging in there” power for wet rides.
I’ve used both these products on my work bike and during my weekend warrior rides on my “all-out” carbon racer. I’ve completed 100 mile century rides and the lubricant is still there, doing its job. I’m very impressed with its ability to be light and not sticky, yet stay there, lubricating the moving parts. My chains are lasting longer, and that’s a good thing.
Every so often your chain does need to be cleaned. So when I clean the chain with a mild product like Chain Shine, I find the chain to be super clean, with minimal wear and tear. It’s not like I’ve just given ProGold the two-week test, either. I’ve been actively using their stuff for two years now and I ride all year, recreationally, commuting, and on duty. I’ve even put these products through winter riding on salt-covered roads – the kind of riding that makes people wonder.
The chain lube is magically light but stays nicely in the roller part of the chain. It doesn’t turn to “muck” like some other lubes I’ve used over the years. This stuff has creeping properties like WD 40 and gets into the small spaces where moving parts are rubbing together.
Prolink Chain Lube even comes in a beautiful tube called the “Luber Pen” that has a needle for more precise applications. I can direct the lube into the moving parts of the derailleurs or brake levers and calipers. Anything that has a moving part can benefit from this product. Frankly, the applications of this fine lube go way beyond just your bike. I’ve used it in many other applications with great success.
Do yourself and your bike a favor and give this product a try. I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was. I still can’t believe I’m talking about a chain lube. I’ll be talking about some of their other fine products in my next article.
ProGold is a Made in the USA product. Visit www.progoldmfr.com for more information and to place an order. They participate in the IPMBA Product Purchase Program, offering 30-40% off. Enter LEMIL in the coupon code field when placing your order, or call 888-519-0324 to order by phone.
Gary Strang is a 32-year veteran of the London Police Service in London, Ontario, and is currently in charge of the bike unit. He rides to work and has done so for the past 19 years, including during the winter months. On weekends he races on a road bike. His favorite quote is, “Cycling never gets easier; you just go faster.” He was certified as an IPMBA Instructor in 2014 and is currently serving as membership coordinator on the IPMBA Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(c) 2015 IPMBA. This review appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of IPMBA News.