LiquiFix eco-friendly degreasers and lubes

It takes a special type of endurance athlete to be concerned about the quality of the degreaser and chain lube they use. But I think most endurance athletes do take an interest in nature, supporting our planet, and being eco-friendly. If that’s you, you might be interested in the relatively new line of LiquiFix eco-friendly degreasers and lubricants.

LiquiFix offers LiquiFix LQ-5 Bicycle Lube and LiquiFix Bicycle Degreaser – eco-friendly, bicycle-specific products – along with firearm, automotive, marine, and others. (I’m not sure if they are different formulas, different strengths, or maybe just different packaging.)

Here’s what the company says on their website:

LiquiFix makes top-performing eco-friendly household and industrial lubricants, biodegradable degreasers, and powerful cleaners you can feel good about using. Everything we make is certified green, 100% safe, and independently proven to be as tough as the leading non-sustainable brands.

Here’s me putting this stuff to the test:

Testing the LiquiFix Bicycle Degreaser

The LiquiFix degreaser performed fabulously in my tests! Keep reading for the details…

Testing on greasy bicycles

I first used the LiquiFix degreaser when overhauling an old-school Schwinn Moab mountain bike. This stuff cut right through the nasty grime and grease on the drivetrain!

It’s a very impressive degreaser. Spray it on a chain, chainrings, and/or cassette cogs, and it removes old lube, grease, and dirt instantly. The nozzle sprays in a wide circular area, making it very easy to coat an entire drivetrain.

It works best on really messy bikes that look like they’ll be a nightmare to clean because you can see how effective it really is.

Testing on my Jeep

Though I don’t have the LiquiFix automotive degreaser, I decided to try the bicycle-grade degreaser on my Jeep. To see just how powerful it is.

In fact, it’s very powerful! It loosened up some grease and grime under the hood and on the undercarriage to where I could simply wipe it off. (This is the stuff that won’t budge from regular car wash soap and would normally require using a potent, toxic engine degreaser.)

LiquiFix bicycle degreaser vs Simple Green

A tale of two eco-friendly degreasers… This is the obvious comparison, right?

I tested these two against each other by spraying one half of a greasy, grimy cassette with LiquiFix and the other half with Simple Green.

After waiting a few moments, the Simple Green side had dried and looked no different. The LiquiFix side remained wet, and the grease was beginning to loosen and drip off the cassette cogs.

Wiping off the Simple Green side, most of the grease was still stuck in place. Wiping off the LiquiFix, though, was a completely different experience. The cassette wiped down clean!

This experience sold me on the LiquiFix degreaser. It is clearly a superior degreaser.

When it comes to smell, Simple Green wins. I enjoy the unique sassafras scent. But when it comes to degreasing a bike’s drivetrain, I’ll grab the Liquifix degreaser!

[Note: In the future, I will test LiquiFix vs Pedro’s eco-friendly degreaser vs ProGold eco-friendly degreaser and bike wash.]

Price

A 4 oz bottle of LiquiFix Bicycle Grade Degreaser costs $11.99.

At first, that does seem expensive. Pedro’s Degreaser 13 is less expensive while still being eco-friendly (plant-based, biodegradable, etc.) and made in the USA.

Testing the LiquiFix LQ-5 Bicycle Lube

While spray lubes are typically messy, this one seems to work well. Read on for the full story…

As a chain lube

I began testing LiquiFix on my Trek 800 commuting bike. Commutes vary widely so they make good testing grounds for unknown products! I also tested it on my mountain bike whenever conditions looked muddy.

It seemed to work well as a chain lube. It also helped to clean off any old lube and dirty grease, so if you’re short on time, you could use this as a one-step clean and lube! It will melt the old gunk and grime away and leave fresh lube in its place!

I was very impressed both by how well it cleaned the chains and coated them with lube. The lube remains sticky though, so it’s definitely a ‘wet lube.’ (Wet lubes remain wet, so they don’t wash away in wet conditions. On the flip side, they attract more dirt and grit than a ‘dry lube.’)

I don’t really like chain lubes in a spray bottle.

I’ve used spray lubes on motorcycle chains before, but those chains are gigantic, so it’s convenient for that. For bicycles, not so much.

I would really prefer a drip lube from LiquiFix. This spray is hard to manage, and a lot gets wasted. And worse, the overspray gets on the tire and rim – you definitely don’t want lube on there.

This is despite a concentrated spray pattern. The liquid exits the spray nozzle in a straight line, so it’s easy to get this lube into a tight space. (Unfortunately, so much lube sprays at once, it will also end up in places you didn’t mean to spray.)

Spray lubes do have their place.

When do you want a spray lube?

You’ll want a spray lube when you have to get the lube into a hard-to-reach area, such as derailleur pivots. In these sorts of cases, a spray lube can be useful.

My solution: transferring half the lube into a drip bottle

In order to efficiently use this as a chain lube, I ended up transferring it into a dropper bottle I had on hand. This turned out to be a great idea and I highly recommend it!

Conveniently I already had a bottle on hand. Previously it was full of “Athlete’s Power” which was a useless performance supplement. The empty glass bottle is going to prove more useful than the supplement ever did!

If you are in need of a bottle, liquid supplements such as echinacea come in these containers. It doesn’t hurt to have dropper bottles handy, though, so you could also grab a pack of 12 plastic bottles for only $5.90.

Once you have a clean, dry bottle, just pour some of the LiquiFix lube into it. Done!

Price

A 4 oz bottle of LiquiFix LQ-5 Bicycle Grade Lubricant sells for $9.99. Most other chain lubes, such as White Lightning and ProGold ProLink, sell for the same price.

My favorite chain lubes – Purple Extreme and Dumonde Tech lubes – cost significantly more.

So what’s the best value? Well, that depends on how long a lube lasts and how good it is for your applications. I’m not going to switch from Dumonde Tech Lite lube to LiquiFix LQ-5, because Dumonde’s lubes simply work best for me.

Also, coming in a spray bottle (meaning you’re more likely to waste some), it’s hard to give LiquiFix a good value rating.

My final verdict is…

This lube reminded me why I typically do not use spray lubes – they’re too messy to use on bikes. And this one is no exception. It’s great for certain applications, but it’s not something I’d use for a chain lube without transferring it into a drip bottle. So keep that in mind if you’re considering it.

The degreaser, though, works marvelously! These days there is no reason not to buy an eco-friendly degreaser. LiquiFix Bicycle Degreaser is a wonderful choice!

Official website: www.LiquiFix.com

Product Review Details
Company: LiquiFix
Product: LiquiFix Bicycle Degreaser
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2018-08-31
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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Levi Bloom is an experienced endurance athlete who has been training and competing for over 17 years. A former Cat 1 road and mountain bike racer (professional class on the regional circuit), he is now a cycling coach (USA Cycling Level 3 Certified) and sports nutrition coach (Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified).

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