By Ron Starkey SLO Velo
On a recent ride the topic of lubricating your cables to improve shifting came up so I ran home to verify what I had been using. The product is Bike Aid Dri-Slide and it’s used by both cyclist and motorcyclist to lubricate cables. I’ve used it on both and have had great success.
Dri-Slide® Bike Aid® Multi-Purpose Lubricant is ideal for lubricating control cables and lever pivots. The unique needle applicator allows lubrication of cables without disassembling the housing. Dri-Slide® is applied wet. When lubricating cables, gravity distributes the lubricant within the cable sleeve thoroughly over the cable and leaves a dry lubricant bonded to the cable surfaces. It repels moisture and doesn’t attract dirt, sand or dust, so your cables run smoother longer. Apply to front and rear quick release nuts, derailleur cables, shift controls, front and rear brake pivot points, chains and any other points where friction producing wear may take place.
If you can’t get DRI SLIDE use Tri-Flow®
Tri-Flow® Superior Lubricant is the superior, light viscosity lube that allows for deep penetration into hard to reach moving parts. The drip bottle application, with a convenient straw, allows for deep penetration in hard to reach moving parts. High-grade petroleum oils provide optimum lubrication under extreme temperatures (-60 to 475°F) and humidity. Formulated solvents soften and remove dirt and contaminants, while special additives displace moisture and prevent rust and corrosion. Formulated with P.T.F.E.
And remember NEVER use WD40 to lubricate anything. WD40 was developed in 1953 for rust prevention hence its name WD (water displacement). It’s a poor lubricant and typically dries sticky gumming up any moving part you spray it on.