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Green Oil Wet Chain Lubricant
Your any weather wet lube



- Penetrates
- Lubricates
- Protects
- Prevents rust


Green Oil chain lube was developed in 2007, and is the country's if not the World's first biodegradable bike chain lube. It lasts in excess of 100 miles on the chain per application (depending on conditions) and has won a wealth of awards - from environmentalists and the bike industry alike.

Green Oil has an easy to use 'snap cap' Simply twist and pull off in one go. It has a fantastic long nozzle, easy to get to hard to reach areas.

Green Oil chain lube now contains N-Toc, a special refined plant extract to increase durability, increasing the length of time between applications.

Green Oil can also be used for cables, brake leavers, bike locks and for other lube applications. Its versatile.

We don't want to encourage too much flying - climate change being a problem of course, but if you do need to take a plane you an take Green Oil with you. Green Oil is within the 100ml fluid limit, so you can even take it in your hand luggage (for a cheeky bit of on plane bike maintenance perhaps!).

Why use chain oil?

A chain can be over 99% efficient in transfering energy from your pedaling to kinetic energy to drive the bike forward.
Friction occurs between links, and lubricating the chain reduces this - increasing efficiency.
Also, your bike chain is exposed to the elements: water + steel = rust.
Rust = reduced efficiency (and harder pedaling!)

Rust and wear due to friction also reduce the life of your bike chain. Green Oil chain lube reduces both, extending the life of your chain, and reducing friction, for a smoother ride.

How to apply

1. Ensure the your bike is secure

2. Preferably clean the chain first, and dry. (A wipe down with a rag is better than nothing)

3. Work out how many times you need to spin the cranks for one chain circulation - Slowly turn the cranks backwards, watching a single chain link go all the way around.

4. Apply Green Oil to the top part of the bottom half of the chain (if that doesn't make sense, hopefully the diagram below does!). Apply to one length of the chain. Apply to the 'rollers', the cylinders on the chain.

how to apply Green Oil chain lube

5. Carefully spin the cranks a few times.

6. Wipe off excess from the outside of the chain with a rag. Its most important to have lube between the links of the chain, rather than on the outside.

NB. If there is snow, we recommend not doing part 6, and putting two layers of Green Oil on, ensuring the whole chain is coated. Salt on the roads means you need extra protection, as salt causes rust- so lots and lots of chain oil is a good thing in these conditions. Generally though a thin layer is cleaner and more efficient.

The Earth

How is Green Oil green?
Other chain lubes out there contain PTFE and petrochemicals. They don't even bother with proper recycling information! This is crazy, as every fluid used on a bike ends up in the environment, and usually on a mechanics hands. And your hands, and in your garden.

- PTFE creates a carcinogen in its production.
- PTFE accumulates in the food chain, after your bike chain. We don't use PTFE
- Petrochemicals often do harm in the environment and aquatic life

We therefore don't use PTFE or petrochemicals, only natural ingredients.

Green Oil totally biodegradable.

We don't use palm oil - all our ingredients are sustainably sourced. We use plant based ingredients, natural molecules with similar long chain molecules to found in petrochemicals. The mixture used is sticky enough to stay on the chain, but not so sticky excess dirt sticks to it.

Every Green Oil bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic - so don't be surprised if the bottle is a curious colour! The label is made from the same type of plastic as the bottle, to aid efficient recycling.

We also provide 5 litre cans of Green Oil chain lube to selected bike shops and workshops. This aids the re-filling of bottles, and reduces packaging. Each comes with a giant hand pump, making re-filling easy.
The holding box design is based on an old Schweppes bottle deposit box found in a skip outside a pub, which was renovated and we still have in the office today! These holding boxes are made from British reclaimed wood.

Green Oil 5 litre

Recycling information

Green Oil UK Limited will pay you 20p in cash for your old Green Oil chain lube bottle. Selected retailers will refill your bottle for a 10p or 20p discount. This concept is widespread in most countries where deposit bottles are used for beer and other drinks, but lagging in Great Britain currently. We're bringing back!
See us at the next trade show for your 20p in cash!

You can of course though recycle your Green Oil bottle. The cap is made of polypropylene - plastic type 5, so we're honest about it - most councils in the UK don't take plastic type five and therefore the cap.
Please clean and recycle your bottle after removing the cap. Here are the recycling codes:

Green Oil chain lube recycling codes

Green Oil chain lube

 

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Product reviews

The first Green Oil chain lube review was in October 2007, when the Ecologist made the Green Oil 'pick of the month'. Cycling Weekly followed positively, then What Mountain Bike gave Green Oil their Gold Award.
See below for some other great reviews and awards

 

 
What Mountain Bike's Gold Award
  What Mountain Bike Logo ...the remarkable Green Oil turns in a reliable performance that's supported by an impeccable environmental pedigree...

- Lubricant product test in What Mountain Bike No.79, February 2008
page 13
 
           
      ...IMB ....The chain lube is brilliant stuff, it works just as a conventional lube, doesn’t leave too much residue if applied properly and of course won’t upset any wildlife while you are out on the trail.

…Green Oil offers the best and most ecologically friendly products around…

- IMBike Mag, Issue 21, page 113
 
           
      Dirty Pages ...Green Oil is 100% free of petrochemicals, contains no CFCs, is biodegradable, non-irritating or harmful or dangerous to the environment, no PTFE (Teflon) contains, is not tested on non-human animals, it works hard to reduce its carbon footprint, ethical banking, recyclable and reusable bottles used and packaged as little burdensome, using 100% recycled paper, is to ensure that its waste is recycled as much as possible, her store's display turns wreck wood, has a 10% smaller carbon footprint by the end of 2010 than at the beginning of that year and, finally, 100% palm oil-free. All under the motto: end dependence on pollution - join the revolution . Wow…

- Matthijs Gerrits, Dirty-Page.net
 
           
Ecologist magazine pick of the month
  Ecologist logo

'Pick of the Month'

- Review by Mark Anslow, The Ecologist October 2007, page 69.

 
           
      Pro Cycling logo

Green Oil won a place on the Pro Cycling...

'Wish List'

- The Pro Cycling Wish List was compiled by Peter Cossins in Pro Cycling Issue 103, September 2007, page 124.

 
           
Bike Radar Score 4.5/5
  BikeRadar.com logo

Bike Radar Verdict: 4.5/5

'A green lube that doesn't compromise on quality'

- Click on the BikeRadar.com logo for the full review.

 
           
      Washingmachinepost

 

'i have spent much of my career, degreasing chains by spraying them with gt95 and wipng them clean with a sturdy rag. those, however, were the old days, now superseded by use of the delightfully aromatic green oil chain degreaser, followed by a link by link drop of green oil for effective lubrication.'

- Brian at the Washingmachine Post

 
           
      Bike Biz logo '...won several awards for being the greenest lubricant on the market. Its products have also won various performance tests in Europe, and the company was recently featured on BBC...'

- Lubes and Cleaners feature in Bike Biz January 2008, page 51.
 
           
      Bicycle Retailer USA logo '...won several awards for being the greenest lubricant on the market. Its products have also won various performance tests in Europe, and the company was recently featured on BBC...'

- Brian Staff, Bicycle Retailer USA
 
           
     
RCUK logo

...we have applied Green Oil using the recyclable nozzle on the recyclable HDPE plastic bottle, and have found it to smell somewhat soapy and to lubricate the chain effectively with a post-lube riding sensation...

- Review by Richard Hallet, Road Cycling UK. Click on the RoadCyclingUK.com logo to see the online review.
 
           
      howies logo Good for you
Good for your bike
Good for the environment


- By Pete at howies
 
           
     
Cycling weekly logo
...Green Oil has set about making a completely environmentally friendly bike oil...

...made in the UK and is suitable for all types of riding...


- Review in Cycling Weekly, 13th December 2007, page 44.
 
           
     

MTBR logo

'It lubricates and protects for all bike riding, preserving the chain for a smooth ride.'

- Click on the MTBR.com logo for the full review.
 
           
      ....MBTS website '...Green Oil uses for its innovative products, only folders based on vegetable and again from renewable sources...'

- Click on MTBS logo for link to Czech website
 
           
      Bikegoo.co.uk logo 'Super green, super effective. Really good stuff.'

- Click on the Bikegoo.co.uk logo for the full review.
 
           
     
220 Triathlon logo
'In addition to keeping your transmission as smooth as an eel, it's safe for your skin and is biodegradable...'

- Review In 220 Triathlon Test Center, February 2008, page 102.
 
           
Bikemagic.com
BikeMagic.com logo

 

'5/5'

Ups - Impeccable tree-hugging credentials, impressive performance

Downs - Nothing much - recycled label gets tatty quickly, but who cares?

- Review by Mike Davis for BikeMagic.com. Ratings shown are out of 5 (yes top marks!) Click on the BikeMagic.com logo for the full review.

 
           
      Velozine

-No joke, this smells like an insalata caprese!

- Review by Velozine.NL

 
           
     
Everyday cycling.com

'...after around three months use on road and trail, I'm mightily impressed with it's performance....'

- By Eddie Allen, a 3 month test review for EverydayCycling.com

 
           
     
Telegraph logo

...use ecological chain lube (green-oil.net)..... 

- 'Eco Hero' by Danny Carnegie in the Telegraph Magazine, 10th May 2008, page 77.

 
           
     
Observer Magazine Logo

As if cycling could get any more ecologically virtuous, we have found Green Oil for bicycle chains...It keeps those two wheels moving without the petrochemicals or Teflon. 

- Green Oil is 'Going Up' in Lucy Siegle's Green Gauge. This is in the Ethical Living section of The Observer Magazine, 1st June 2008, p.73

 
           
     
Dirt Magazine Logo

...the point is, that this stuff is as green as you'll get. Unlike most other chain lubes this one doesn't contain any nasty petrochemicals and it's fully biodegradable....As they say, every little helps.

- New Product review in Dirt Magazine, March 2008, page 73.

 
           
     
Singletrack Magazine Logo

...Despite being biodegradable there's no worries about it not hanging about long enough to protect your chain. In use the oil is easily applied accurately thanks to the nozzle top and stood up to everything but the wettest winter rides without need for reapplication.

- Result of a 3 month test in the the Grinder test section of Singletrack Magazine, June 2008, page 46.

 
           
     
MBUK logo

MBUK Verdict: 9/10

...It works as well as regular toxic lubes too, keeping you spinning easier and greener than ever.

- Review in MBUK's Wrecked & Rated section, July 2008, page 100.

 
           
     
Velovision logo

..I've used Green Oil on a variety of bikes since early this year, so it's seen off the tail end of the winter and the start of the summer... - it works as well if not better than the gear oil I usually employ...It works as well as regular toxic lubes too, keeping you spinning easier and greener than ever...

- Review by Peter Eland, in VeloVision Magazine June 2008, page 31. Click on the VeloVision logo for the full review.

 
           
     
Green Living Review

Aside from being environmentally friendly it lubricates as it should and I certainly think that my oil for the bikes in future will be nothing but Green Oil.

- Review by Michael Smith, in the Green Living Review, August 2008

 
           
     
Solozabi logo

What`s happend after 6 weeks and 750km all conditions riding (NONONO... I have ridden much more during the last 6 weeks, 750km is completed with my Unit)?

Honestly? Nothing! There was no need taking care of my chain and chain lube, because Green Oil works brilliant. The lube is one of the best all conditions chain lube what I have ever used.

- Review by Solozabi Bandli of 'Bicycle', Richmond Upon Thames.

 
           
     
Carbon neutral expeditions logo

Many thanks to the guys at GREEN OIL, for helping us with this fantastic environmentally sound lubricant for our bikes. It worked a treat. I think our 1200 mile cycle through the baking heat of southern France and the driving rain we encountered in Spain really put the product to the test. Not a squeak out of the bikes. Thumbs up

- Review by Carbon Neutral Expeditions, July 2008.

 
           
Grearwear.com 5 pick axes award
 
Gearwarelogo

5/5

...good for the environment, great for lubing chains...

- Review by GearWeAre.com

 
           
     
ride on logo

Ride On Recommends Green Oil

 
           
     
horizon

++1 for Green Oil

(Yes it was reviewed in Cycle recently) I got some for Christmas. The guy deserves a medal.

- Review by 'Horizon' a CTC forum writer

 
           
     
Velophile Australia

'5/5'

...Over the years I have tried a number of chain lubricants, ranging from Teflon infused sprays, to chain wax and the traditional ‘wet’ chain oils/lubes. However I’ve never really been overjoyed by the performance of these products....(On Green Oil) Overall I am very impressed. It is very easy to use... effective, smells nice and is easy to handle and last quite a while in good weather conditions....

- Review by Carl on his Velophile blog, all the way down in Australia. Click for the full review.

 
         
road cc logo
 
roadcc logo
But, to cut to the chase, is it any good as a lube...The simple answer is hell yes. In fact make that a double hell yes with whipped cream, chopped nuts and a cherry on top...
...good for well over 300 miles per application. It doesn't leave your chain covered in black gack either, which is nice....

- Review by Rob Simmonds of Road.cc Click for the full review.

 
         
Cycling Active 'seven of the best' award
 
Cycling Active logo

...the best applicator in the test, it's decent value and keeps the chain running....

- Award a place as one of 7 of the best chain lubes in Cycling Active , May 2011

 
           
    ...Roac CC

...Several weeks spent traversing wet, gritty back roads and bridleways have confirmed its staying prowess, and as long as I avoided shallow river crossings, I've consistently achieved the claimed 125 miles per application...

- Review by Shaun Audane of Road.cc. Click for full review.

 
         
   

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