No-Toil Biodegradable Chain Lube with Wax

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Tested: No-Toil Biodegradable Chain Lube with Wax

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Review by Michael Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay and Joe Carlino

In my personal experience at local tracks and races, I noticed that most people under-rate the use of chain lube. Most riders tend to just give the chain a small spray before they ride in the morning, sometimes just in their garage and not even at the track. Once this is done, they tend to forget about their can of chain lube and just ride moto after moto without giving it another thought. When I ask my friends of this habit, they tend to answer with, "Well, I sprayed it this morning, it's fine!"

The way I look at it, your metal chain is Read More »

Review by Michael Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay and Joe Carlino

In my personal experience at local tracks and races, I noticed that most people under-rate the use of chain lube. Most riders tend to just give the chain a small spray before they ride in the morning, sometimes just in their garage and not even at the track. Once this is done, they tend to forget about their can of chain lube and just ride moto after moto without giving it another thought. When I ask my friends of this habit, they tend to answer with, "Well, I sprayed it this morning, it's fine!"

The way I look at it, your metal chain is rubbing against a metal sprocket, which causes friction and heat. This of course leads to wear and fatigue, plus the added friction causes power loss between your engine and rear wheel. Because of this, I regularly have a can in my hand before every moto. Now for the past few years, I've been using the same brand. Recently, I decided to switch it up and grabbed a can from No-Toil.

No-Toil Biodegradable Chain Lube with Wax features:

  • Three-in-one formula for cleaning, lube, and maintenance.
  • Biodegradable and non-toxic.
  • Guilt-free, overspray will not harm the environment.
  • Available in 12 oz. bottles.
  • MSRP: $13.95.

First Impressions

First off, I don't usually choose chain wax. I've always leaned towards standard chain lube. Why? In my experience, chain wax has been very sticky and can create quite a mess on the chain and the bike itself. No-Toil claims that their chain lube with wax is mess-free, if you let it sit for 15 minutes after application.

At the Track

Once at the track, I had to remind myself about the 15 minute wait time, as I usually have a habit of lubing the chain right as I'm about to head out for a moto. To my surprise, the chain lube with wax was much lighter during application than any other wax-based lube I've used previously. This upped my hopes that my chain wouldn't produce a mess on the bike as I rolled out to put in some more laps.

Once my laps full of arm-pump were finished, I came back in to inspect the chain and the rest of the bike to see how No-Toil's product had performed. I was immediately happy to see that there was not only no mess along the swingarm or rear fender (or the back of my pants...yes I've tried chain lube that was that messy before), but also the chain had a sealing layer on it that kept it clean and well-lubed.

To see how well it would keep the chain lubed, I broke my usual habit and did more back-to-back motos without re-lubing the chain. I found I could be a little more lax with my OCD habits and was cutting back to lubing the chain every other outing.

The Last Word

Once you find a chain lube you prefer, it's hard to switch or try something new. Overall, I was quite happy that I broke my usual routine and tried out No-Toil's chain lube, as I found it was better lubricating while keeping the chain squeaky clean compared to the previous brands I had been using. Also, the better quality of lube meant I wasn't having to soak the chain as often and was getting a bit more life out of each can. Plus, it's biodegradable, which means you're being green. I'm not sure how this ranks up with owning a Prius, but it has to count for something!

Now there were a few small negatives I found. First, it has a higher price than the majority of chain lubes on the market. This isn't too much of a problem however, considering I'm talking about a product that still costs less than 15 dollars. Also, even though the lube doesn't leave a messy residue on the chain, it will on the tire, which I found turns white after sitting for a bit.

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Check out NoToil.com to find out more on their products and where you can get some for yourself.

About the Test Rider

Michael Lindsay - is a born-and-raised moto freak and gearhead from the heart of motocross in Southern California. First swinging a leg over a bike at the age of five, he immediately caught the racing bug, spending nearly every weekend behind a gate…and a lot of time on the couch while injured. While swinging back and forth between moto and the off-road scene, giving him a wide range of experience on the bike. Of course, all of this led to one thing: Lindsay loves working on his bikes almost as much as he loves talking about them. When he’s not in the Vital MX forum or writing his latest product review, you can find him out at the track taking dirt naps, snapping some pictures, or drooling over the latest parts for his bike. With an outspoken personality, gearhead background, and as Vital MX’s guru for product, Michael is here to share his unbiased opinion.

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Product No-Toil Biodegradable Chain Lube with Wax
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Price $13.95
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