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Green Oil Chain Lube

Submitted by on August 8, 2011 – 9:26 pmNo Comment

Not your father's chain lube company

I was reading the Product Tests section of the Spring 2011 issue of Bicycle Quarterly where I discovered the Green Oil company in the UK.  BQ editor Jan Heine tested their Green Oil Chain Lube product (favorably) but more importantly he brought to the readers attention a company who is doing what they can to produce and promote environmentally friendly products for bicycle maintenance. A company that I hope more bike shops and cyclists will support.

Their products come in100% recycled plastic bottles and they’ll pay you for your empty one and use them again. Green Oil (and related products) are made without petrochemicals and instead include biodegradable, natural oils and plant extracts.  They’re proud of their contribution to the environment, in fact on their site they state “You won’t be funding Shell’s dodgy operations in Nigeria, or Esso’s climate change denial lobby”  I mean how could you not want to support a company like that?

It’s worth noting that companies like Exxon Mobil do not typically outright deny climate change, instead they fund “junk science” by paying people with legitimate credentials to write articles which casts doubt on the topic, and/or casts doubt on legitimate science.  They don’t have to produce actual science, to succeed they just need to create doubt, at least in the minds of the general public. They typically appeal to the same folks who portray evolution as “only a theory” and often times try to wedge creationism or some of other form of non-science into our public school science curriculum.

Wow how did I get off on that tangent?

Anyhow, check out Green Oil or one of their other products the next time you’re shopping for chain oil or grease.

And while you’re here check out this video of Green Oil sponsored Scott Wilson doing some amazing trials riding:

-Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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