Do I need to clean the chain before reapplying dry lube if I am only using dry lube?

  • This is an interesting question. I read it in the context of advice that chain lube ought never be applied on a dirty chain since it may carry grit into the bushings. This advice usually is given with regard to use of regular chain lube (wet lube). The best answer so far, Criggie's, is still a bit vague in that regard.
    – gschenk
    Oct 13 '18 at 19:25

Yes you should clean the chain occasionally. Where does the dirt go if you don't clean it off ?

True that dry lubricants are not as sticky as wet ones, but there's still dirt there and it needs to come off, not get further into your chain's gubbins.


I tend to do a quick "Wipe down with an oily rag" after anything more than a quick ride to the shops. It does help but I will get the chain off and give it a full valet job every couple of months, more often in the winter.


Yes. We should clean our chains regularly irrespective of the type of lube.

  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review Mar 1 '16 at 9:32
  • @BenediktBauer you must be reading a different question than I am. Or you are reading a different answer. Or you are commenting on the wrong answer. Whatever the case, you are completely wrong.
    – jqning
    Mar 1 '16 at 16:08

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