No Drip Chain Luber from Finish Line last year at Interbike I figured this may be a solution to that problem. In theory it seemed like a good idea but how would it work with lubes of varying viscosity and would it coat the chain evenly without drips? After receiving some of samples from Finish Line I decided to test it out and see if it would live up to its name.
The No Drip Chain Luber is simple in its design, it comes with an empty 2 oz. bottle, a unique applicator head, 3 wicking pads and a travel cap.
The two lubes I use most are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of viscosity. ProGold Extreme is very thin while Chain-L is as thick as honey. I would put the No Drip Chain Luber to the test and see how it would handle both of these lubes and maintain its No Drip claim.
I used the the ProGold Extreme on the 9:Zero:7 fatbike all last winter and was surprised how well it penetrated the rollers without the No Drip Chain Luber delivering too much thus dripping onto the floor. A little squeeze and a couple of back pedal revolutions while the wicking pad was in contact with the top of the chain was all it took. A quick wipe down on the side plates of the chain with a rag and I was ready to roll.
For my gravel bike I use Chain-L lube. I like this lube because it lasts a long time and delivers a very quiet and shift responsive drivetrain. This stuff is thick so I wanted to see if the No Drip Chain Luber would distribute it evenly onto the chain. I squeezed the bottle upside down until the wicking pad was thoroughly soaked with the lube.
Now I was ready to lube the chain. Lightly squeezing the bottle with the wicking pad in contact with the top of the chain, I began to slowly back pedal until lightly coated. Because Chain-L is so thick I repeated this process on the bottom side of the chain and gave the lube time to work its way into the rollers. After about 10 minutes I wiped the excess (which was very little) off of the chain and was ready to ride.
The No Drip Chain Luber did a very good job applying the necessary amount of lube to the chain using both thin and thick lubricants without a mess or dripping. It made the task quick and easy, I used less lube and there wasn't a lot of excess to be wiped off afterward. I now keep several No Drip Chain Lubers labeled with the lube they contain so I can use which ever one I desire depending on the conditions or bike. No dripping on the concrete in the garage or on my wheels/chainstay were a welcome change from the old method of lubing my chains.
The No Drip Chain Luber is available from Penn Cycle and other fine bike shops for $8.99.
Disclosure: Finish Line provided the review samples for this article,
but offered no other form of compensation for this review.