I've tried loads of different chain lubes over the years but I've never really found one that I'm overly impressed with. The Pedro's ChainJ though is actually really good. Pedro's was started back in 1989 in New England with the main ethos being a passion for cycling and commitment to the environment. This still stands and the ChainJ is made from renewable materials, is biodegradable making it 'safe for the people and the planet.'
The lube itself is a chain oil as opposed to some of the thicker dry lubes on the market. Once you've cleaned your chain the oil is added; being of reasonably thin consistency the lube is easily spread over the chain on the first attempt. The ChainJ easily slips into the links and leaves a very quiet transmission and as long as you wipe off any excess no dust or dirt seems to stick to the chain. With the changeable summer weather we had in 2009 a once a month clean of the chain and re-lube with the Pedro's kept everything running smoothly, you'll need to re-apply more often now the clocks have gone back, or look to a thicker formula.
At around a fiver online for a bottle thats going to last you easily through the dry months it's pretty good value too.
Ticks all the boxes, price is competetive and the lube works well. Dirt and dust doesn't stick to it like a dry lube and its thick enough not to wash off at the first sign of rain.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Pedros Chainj lube
Size tested: 120ml
Did you enjoy using the product? yes, I was really impressed
Would you consider buying the product? yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Schwinn Fastback Pro My best bike is: Dolan Chrono TT Custom
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.