This Silkolene Everyday Lube is an all-purpose oil that lasts well and gives a little protection against rain. It costs a bit more than most of its rivals, though, and the cap design is poor.
- Pros: Sticks around well, making it good for a commuter bike in dry conditions
- Cons: Poor cap design, not as protective as a wet lube and not as clean as a dry lube
If you like riding your bike but you're not a huge fan of cleaning it, a general purpose lube like this is probably for you. It stays on the chain for longer than a dry lube and it picks up less muck compared with a wet lube.
To test this lube I firstly stripped my training/winter bike of all drivetrain grease. I'd learnt from testing Silkolene's Dry lube that the cap isn't the best designed. Opening the cap only slightly is what's required for drip application. The lube easily coats the chain's rollers but the oil is quick to start flicking onto the frame if you apply too much. Thankfully, this wipes away easily.
Out on the road, you get a very similar sound to a wet lube. That is to say, there is very little audible noise from the drivetrain. I used this for a two-week period, riding everything from trips to the shops through to four-hour training loops. There was even the odd rain shower.
The lube lasted pretty well, with no signs of corrosion on the chain or cassette. I did notice that the chain was sounding a little dry towards the end of the two weeks, so I'd say you'll need to clean and reapply around every 10 rides. The lube also picks up quite a bit of dirt. As this was being used on my winter bike, I wasn't overly concerned, but this is probably too thick for a summer or best bike.
Washing the drivetrain was pretty straightforward. The lube takes more scrubbing to remove than the Dry version, but it all came off to leave a clean chain.
At rrp, the Everyday Lube (£7.99/100ml) is a little more expensive than rivals such as Morgan Blue's Syn Lube (£7.95/125ml, but currently £4.99 at Wiggle) and Finish Line's Dry Lube (£7.99 for 120ml, currently £5 at Wiggle), but those are readily available at discount and produce similar results. You can still spend more, though: Muc-Off's Hydrodynamic Lube is £15.99 for 50ml (£9.99 at Wiggle). All three alternatives also have better drip applicators.
Overall, I'd say Silkolene's Everyday Lube is a decent choice for dry weather commuting and general riding, but there are as good options that are also cheaper.
Good for dry commuting but there are cheaper options that work just as well
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Silkolene Everyday Lube
Size tested: 100ml
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
From Silkolene: "100% biodegradable multipurpose chain lubricant. Highly penetrating and water repellent, leaving a long-lasting, protective coating to guard against corrosion and wear."
This will protect your drivetrain in mostly dry conditions, handling a little moisture. It penetrates well and lasts just under two weeks.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
All Silkolene states is that this is 100% biodegradable.
The drip applicator is poorly designed. I don't need to be fiddling with a screw cap before oiling. Just make it a drip applicator.
You get a quiet drivetrain that lasted me just under two weeks of mostly dry riding.
You get a little bit of rain protection but you'll want to reapply after a good soaking.
There are cheaper lubes that stay cleaner – though it's not the most expensive out there either.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's good. You can pop some of this on and leave it for the week.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It's easy to clean. It does go black a bit quicker than some, but there's not a huge build-up of gunk within the plates.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
You can get a cleaner lube that lasts the same number of rides yet costs less.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Morgan Blue's Syn Lube is £7.95 for 125ml, and Finish Line's Dry Lube is £7.99 for 120ml. Muc-Off's Hydrodynamic Lube is £15.99 for 50ml...
Did you enjoy using the product? It was ok.
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
Use this box to explain your overall score
It offers decent protection in changeable conditions and lasts pretty well on a dry commuter bike, but the poorly designed applicator lets out too much oil. There are also cheaper and cleaner alternatives.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.