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Finish Line Dry Lube

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Finish Line Dry Lube (4 oz)
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Not the driest lube option, but good for variable conditions.

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The Good:

High viscosity coats your chain. Withstands creek crossings.

The Bad:

Attracts some dirt. Environmental concerns about PTFE.

Overall Review:


Finish Line Dry is a syrupy synthetic oil designed to evenly lube your chain. This lube is apparently formulated for dry riding conditions, but "dry" is a subjective word. On many parts of the planet, dry means it hasn't rained since last night. In parts of the western USA, dry conditions can mean that it hasn't rained in a few months. This is where I live and local rides are dusty with summertime temps rising into the triple digits.

My primary chain lube has been a wax based product and I have few complaints about it. I like the zero maintenance aspect. I can apply and re-apply without cleaning in between. The wax does not build up on the chain and dirt does not collect on the thin wax coating. I was expecting a similar shedding experience with this product. It is the huge word "DRY" on the label which led to that expectation. 

This product goes on thicker than wax based products and does not fully evaporate - see photo below of both products after evaporation. This leaves a slightly goopy coating on the chain which attracts dirt. As dirt collects on the chain, you will need to clean it before re-applying. The good news is that this also leads to a more waterproof lube. This lube can withstand creek crossings and loamy sink holes better than wax products which get creaky quickly after a good dousing. In smaller words on the front of the label it also says, "bike chains: all riding conditions." So while I wouldn't call this product dry like the large words in the product name, I would agree that it is good for all riding conditions as stated and might work for dry conditions in most other climates. 


The magic ingredient in this is Teflon which is the brand name for Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It is a super slippery molecule that can make your pancakes glide out of the pan and also keep your chain silent. Teflon accumulates in the environment which means it does not breakdown... ever. With that in mind, it probably should not be dripping off your chain into creeks and onto tree roots so I find myself questioning the wisdom of using this for mountain biking. 

Gets the job done.

The Good:

Keeps my chain quiet and is pretty cheap.

The Bad:

There are better performing ones out there.

Overall Review:

Ever go in your LBS for a tune up only to be told that your entire drivetrain is shot? If so, go lube your chain now. If not, go lube your chain now. When chains get dry, that metal on metal grinding wreaks havoc on your drivetrain. With no lube, it doesn't take much to prematurely wear out a chain and eventuallydestroy your drivetrain. With cassettes that cost more than $400 retail, this can quickly become a very expensive mistake. 

In terms of a solid, entry level lube, the Finish Line Dry Lube does a phenomenal job.It's a dry condition lube so if you ride in a place that rains regularly, look up the wet version of it. The dry lube has done a good job at keeping things quiet and really hasn't gunked up as much as the previous lubes I've used. At well under $10, you really can't complain too much! It's certainly not the most expensive and probably not the nicest lube on the market, but for what it is it, you can't go wrong one bit picking some up. 

Some helpful tips-

Before applying the lube, I use a rag to get as much dirt and gunk off my chain. Then apply the lube as much as you want. Spin it around for a while and then use that same rag to lightly remove the excess off. I find this keeps the dirt off the chain and give me a good lube.  


Product Finish Line Dry Lube
Type Lube
Features Finish Line's Dry Lube goes on wet and sets up with a dry 'wax-like' synthetic film that helps keep your chain clean by not absorbing excessive amounts grit, grime, or dust. Thanks to the added Teflon fluoropolymer, Finish Line's Dry Lube minimizes pedaling friction, repels moisture, and withstands rides up to 100 miles. A versatile lubricant good for many road and off-road cyclist.
Miscellaneous Dry Lube is recommended for riding on or off-road in dry, dirty, dusty environments, yet it holds up well in moderately wet conditions. Dry Lube can also be used on derailleurs, shifters, cables, and brake pivot points.
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