Bike Cream

Bike Cream

Bike Cream is recommended as a low viscosity wet film drivetrain cleaner-lubricant for road riding, for commuter bikes or use in very cold riding conditions.  

Bike Cream lubricant formulation has a dual function to both clean and lube the chain. It is low viscosity and penetrates efectively into the links to shift dirt and grime buildup.  Then after wipedown it leaves a tenacious coating which protect the inside and outside surfaces of the chain. This means the chain runs smooth and quiet over long distance road riding conditions. 

Bike Cream is better than all the other wet fluid chain lubes because it:

  • Effectively penetrates, cleans, coats and protects for reliable performance.
  • Leaves a protective fluid coating on the inside and outside surfaces of the chain rollers, pins and plates.
  • Is good for chain protection during and after wet rides.
  • Can be applied immediately before riding.
  • Works well in very cold conditions.
  • Mix in any ratio with BIKE MILK (clean-dry-film) to make customised lubricant BIKE MIX e.g. 1:4 Bike Cream:Bike Milk for endurance MTB events.
  • Non-flammable for easier transport and storage.
  • Available in 115ml and economical 900ml workshop pack.
  • Proudly created and made in Australia.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

1)      Adjust chain onto smallest rear sprocket.

2)      Shake BIKE CREAM vigorously to re-suspend and disperse the solid lubricant.

3)      Thoroughly clean excess grime and contaminants from chain with rag.  If excessively dirty then best results will follow a full clean and degrease of drivetrain.

4)      Ensure chain is dry before application.

5)      Rotate chain backwards and slowly apply BIKE CREAM onto moving chain.  Alternatively, apply a drop of BIKE CREAM onto each roller.  The chain should be visibly coated with BIKE CREAM, but not soaked.

6)      Continue reverse chain rotation to allow BIKE CREAM to penetrate, clean and coat moving surfaces of the chain

7)      Thoroughly wipe excess BIKE CREAM off chain using dry cloth. The chain should look clean and dry on the outside. This is is very important because excess BIKE CREAM can spray and contaminate braking surfaces or other areas of the bike. 

8)      Repeat this apply/dry lube process as required if chain has been fully degreased or if extra protection is required to flush water after a wet ride.

A full degrease is best for initial Bike Cream application. 

The BIKE CREAM forms a protective water-repellent fluid coating on both the inner and outer surfaces of the drivetrain.  If the gaps inside the chain (between rollers, pins and plates) are packed with the tenacious lubricant it will help prevent dirt and water from wicking into the gaps and increasing friction and wear. 

After a wet ride remember to ensure the bike is thoroughly dried, cleaned and lubed to protect against corrosion.
  
For dry riding conditions it is an option to wipe residue from the surface of the chain with a clean rag prior to riding.  The chain will look clean on the outside and is less attractive to dust .  The lube remains active on the internal surfaces.  
 
 
LIMITATIONS: As a durable-wet-fluid Bike Cream will attract dust and is not the preferred choice for MTB rides in dusty conditions.  For MTB rides under 4h or if unsurpassed drivetrain cleanliness is the preference then BIKE MILK is definitely the best option.  If re-applying lubricant immediately before or during an endurance MTB event the best lubricant option is BIKE MIX (1:4 mixture of Bike Cream and Bike Milk).  

Regular lubrication and wiping a roadbike chain with Bike Cream will vastly improve drivetrain performance and protection. Without lubricant, or if the drivetrain is not clean with dirt particles and corrosive contaminants, the result will be damage and excess chain and drivetrain noise.

Highly penetrating BIKE CREAM lubricant and protectant works most effectively when it is worked into a moving bicycle chain.  The movement of the links, pins and rollers during application directs the penetrating fluid onto the hidden moving surfaces of the pins, rollers and plates.    When BIKE CREAM targets these areas it forms a lubricating and protective waterproof film on all contact points of the cycle chain. By coating the pins and rollers BIKE CREAM is effectively sealing access points to the inner surfaces preventing further ingress of water, dirt and other contaminants.

WET vs DRY CHAIN LUBRICANTS

Simple demonstration comparing wet and dry chain lubricants.  Wet lubricant remains a fluid which can flow around inside & outside the chain to give long-lasting lubrication.  It does attract and retain more dirt.

 There is common belief that wet lube like Bike Cream is most suitable for wet riding conditions.  However, both wet-fluid and dry-film are water repellent.  The benefit to wet lube is that the fluid can move more easily around the outside of the links and it lasts longer (well over 4h) and provides more protection on outside surface of chain after water contact.  It is preferred option for commuters or long distance road riding.  

In wet riding conditions both Bike Milk and Bike Cream will be effective although ride grime will inevitably build-up on drivetrain so it is not likely to run as smoothly with surface grit crunching in the sprockets.  IMPORTANT: After any wet ride chain should be dried and preferred lube reapplied thoroughly to prevent corrosion.

REGULAR BIKE CHAIN CLEANING & LUBRICATION GIVES SMOOTH AND SILENT PERFORMANCE AND PROTECTION.

chain components

Experienced riders intuitively know that a clean and well lubricated chain gives better performance.  Can this be quantified?  Friction Facts in the US have setup a lab to test friction in the drivetrain using the piece of equipment shown below.  Basically a torque load is applied to the rear axle to simulate the load at the rear wheel. The chain is setup just like a bike drivetrain. Friction losses due to the drivetrain are measured with one transducer on the front drive shaft and one on the rear load shaft. When the equipment is being used both sensors measure the torque on their respective shafts.  It is assumed that the difference between the power measured at the rear axle and the power measured at the front axle is the friction loss due to the drivetrain.  If the rear sensor is measuring 250 watts and the front sensor is measuring 265 watts, then the drivetrain loss is 15 watts, i.e. the chain is “94% efficient.”

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Picture obtained from Friction-Facts.com

In one paper the boffins at Friction-Facts.com tested the friction loss of several chains after a cyclocross event (red column).  They tested the same chains again after they had cleaned and lubed them (blue column).  This comparison in power loss gives an indication of the efficiency improvements which can be generated by cleaning and lubing the chain.  In one chain the power loss was reduced by 45% (12.91W to 7.07W) after the chain was cleaned.  This is obviously an extreme case as CX events can be very dirty but it does prove that a clean chain provides better performance and efficiency. 

Chain Clean Friction

Picture obtained from Friction-Facts.com.

Quite a lot of maintenance work is done in outdoor conditions and the lube bottle can get cold.  In low temperature conditions the solid lubricant component in some chain lubes can solidify and no longer flows to penetrate the links and effectively coat the inside contact surfaces of the chain where the lubricant is most required.  BIKE CREAM has been tested in very low temperature conditions (-30oC) at the 2015 Iditarod Trail Invitational which is a 350 mile Winter off road event in Alaska.  The big advantage in this case is that the Bike Cream viscosity remained unchanged from normal room temperature and there was no need to pre-warm to get it to flow.   Because the conditions were so cold there was no dust and the Bike Cream performed exceptionally well. 

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BUSHINGLESS CHAIN

The chain on almost every bike now is "bushingless".  The original invention by Guy Dupoyet was patented in 1978 by Compagnie des Transmissions Mecaniques Sedis and the original patent is here.  A good quality bushingless chain can last a very long time with good lubrication.  They shift well and can be made light and narrow.  This development is arguably the biggest technical improvement which has happened to a bike over the last 30 years.  Some riders (especially single speed) prefer to use bushing-type chains but the inner plates on these are rigid pairs, so the sideplates can't float to relieve contact force between the inner and outer plates as the chain is shifted slightly off a perfect chainline. The result is that bushing chains will have more friction and are much noisier without heavier lubrication and they often have poor service life.

chain diagram sedis
Bike Cream can be used on padlocks, bike locks and other pin key locks to effectively get things moving smoothly & leave a protective residue.