If you want to keep your bicycle clean and in good working condition you need to get acquainted with White Lightning cycling products. A can of White Lightning Clean Streak Dry-Degreaser is the easiest way possible to clean you entire drivetrain (chain, crankset and derailleurs). I don’t care how dirty, greasy and grimy your drivetrain is, Clean Streak White Lightning can make it look like new in under a minute.
Why do you need Clean Streak White Lightning? First, if you buy a new chain you need White Lighting to remove the packing grease. The grease that comes on new chains is only there to keep the chain from rusting while in storage—it is very sticky and worthless as a lubricant. Second, if you ever want to switch brands of chain lube you usually need to remove the old lube first, and there is nothing better to use than White Lightning. Third, if your chain has picked up a lot of sand or grit it is easier to use White Lightning to strip the chain than to spend 15 minutes trying to clean it.
Once the chain is stripped down to bare metal it is going to be thirsty for a fresh coat of oil, and my favorite lube is Clean Ride (also made by White Lightning). Clean Ride is a liquid wax that goes on wet and dries quickly. This lube is self-cleaning which means that once the chain dries the wax lube sheds off as your chain gets dirty. Clean Ride is good for both road and mountain bikes. I get about 2,000 miles of use out of a new chain on my road bike, and with Clean Ride I usually never have to clean it—I just apply a new (thin) coat to the chain every 100 miles or so. I sometimes have to strip and clean the chains on my mountain bikes because I live in an area with a lot of sand and while it would eventually fall off the chain I like to remove it before it does too much damage to my rear cassette and front chainring. This product dries in just a few minutes and leaves no residue—you don’t even have to rinse it off with water!
Clean Streak White Lightning is also good for cleaning disc brake rotors and other metal parts. A few weeks ago I accidentally got some spray wax on the front disc brake rotor of one of my mountain bikes—the brakes still worked but they squealed so loud when I applied the brakes I was actually embarrassed when other cyclists where nearby. Fortunately, one quick shot of Clean Streak cleared the problem right up!
Clean Streak White Lightning comes in an ozone safe aerosol can and is available in either 12-ounce or 23-ounce sizes. The 12-ounce can retails for around $10 and is available at nearly every bike shop in America. The folks at White Lightning suggest that Clean Streak be used either outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, and that you put down a layer of old rags or newspapers to catch the crud and grease that falls off your chain. A 4-ounce bottle of White Lightning Clean Ride self-cleaning lube retails for $8.