Like Duct Tape, WD-40 is a miracle product with thousands of uses, from fixing squeaky door hinges to preventing spots on your glass shower door. After continually getting a bad rap from the cycling industry for use as a chain lubricant, WD-40 decided to face their myth creating critics head-on and develop an entire bike specific collection. Intended for use on your entire bike, WD-40 BIKE products are focused on cleaning, lubrication, and protection.
Water Displacement #40 (WD-40) emerged in 1953 out of a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. Technicians at the San Diego based Rocket Chemical Company were successful on the 40th try to formulate a perfect water displacement compound. Convair, an aerospace contractor, first used WD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. The rest is history.
WD-40 BIKE is a subsidiary business unit focused exclusively on cycling-specific maintenance products. The new unit will offer an initial product range including wet and dry chain lubricants, a heavy-duty degreaser, a foaming bike wash, and a frame protectant.
The WD-40 BIKE Dry Lube is for use in dry and arid riding conditions. Special polymers form a dry film to protect your chain and repel dirt in dusty conditions. By contrast, the Wet Lube repels moisture and gunk so is best used in wet and muddy riding conditions.
The Heavy Duty Degreaser is a thick, biodegradeable formula that safely dissolves and removes grease from frames and drivetrains, while the suds of the Foaming Wash remove the most stubborn grime from your bike, leaving it sparkling clean. Both products are safe for use on carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, steel, chrome, rubber, or plastic.
The WD-40 BIKE website offers some helpful bike maintenance tips such as trying to clean your chain with it still on the bike in order not to weaken the links. The company plans to expand on these over time, mirroring the ever popular main site, with the help of experts and input from the public.
What is your favorite outdoor related use for WD-40? This multi-purpose problem solver works well to keep your ice tools and crampons from rusting when stored at the end of the winter season. As the saying goes: “You only need two tools in life, Duct Tape and WD-40. If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, Duct Tape it. If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40 it.”
WD-40 BIKE products will begin shipping to your local bike retailer starting next month.