I don’t recall the last time I felt a need to write about chain lube. There are a billion of them and all of them will improve any chain in need of lubricating, but if you’re sufficiently introverted or simply possess too damn much free time (or perhaps a doctorate in tribology), you can talk about this stuff ad nauseum. I try not to be one of those guys.
When I lived in places that received high amounts of rain, locales where I was occasionally forced to ride in monsoon-like conditions, I went for thick, wet lubes. They worked well. Today, I live two miles from the beach and wet lubes pick up sand like wool pants pick up cat hair—might as well be magnetic. So I use dry lubes. My preferred one is ProLink, but I really try not to get too worked up about it. I just want a lube that doesn’t leave behind much residue so that when I do ride through sand, the chain doesn’t start looking like sedimentary rock.
But because I run dry lubes and I ride in dry conditions, I have to lube my chain pretty frequently. I have to lube the chain on my mountain bike at least once a week. And the chains need a pretty thorough soaking. The upshot of which is that it’s not uncommon to end up with a few drips of lube on the rear wheel, unless I’m ultra-careful. Sometimes even then.
So the Finish Line No-Drip Chain Luber is just a container with a spout that sends lube into what looks to be a ScotchBrite pad. I really love that Finish Line so thoroughly believes in this gizmo that they sell it empty so that you can add your favorite lube. When was the last time you encountered an agnostic product? Squeeze and spin the chain. I’ve used it on three bikes and in each case the chain was more consistently and quickly lubed—with no drops on the rear wheel or the garage floor—than with any other device I’ve ever used. This $8.99 doodad is seriously the best improvement in chain care I’ve encountered in at least 10 years, maybe longer.