Another lube post (no, not THAT lube!) (Day 307)…

chainj bottle

Despite the fact that it’s winter in Canada, that on most days the weather falls below freezing and I get cold just walking the five steps from my apartment to the streetcar stop, I’m still trying to ride Deni as often as possible (my rule is that if the roads are dry and the wind isn’t howling, I’ll do it). This means, however, that extra care must go into ensuring my tires are inflated, my brakes are functioning and my chain is greased.

Back in the fall, I ran out of my wet and dry lube but hesitated buying more because it felt like such a direct supporting-the-oil-industry purchase.

But then my lovely assistant Eva came to the rescue, pointing me in the direction of this Treehugger post that talks about ChainJ, a biodegradable alternative made from 100% renewable resources, ie. rapeseed (canola) oil. Yes, it’s technically a monocrop, but it’s not soy or corn so I don’t feel that bad about it.

P.S. Happy New Year, greenies! May 2008 bring you lots of solar power, compost mulch and energy savings!

2 Responses to Another lube post (no, not THAT lube!) (Day 307)…

  1. Jeff says:

    Having already put on 32 miles (as of when I get home tonight) in 2008, I too need to lube often (a hem…) my bike that is. I’ll be sure to give this a try- roads in Duluth Minnesota are harsh on the chains. Thanks for the great tip and happy 2008!
    Jeff

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