Vegetable based lubes

Twenty years ago, people began to use Synthetics over basic petroleum for primarily two reasons. Longer life of the synthetic base stock preventing oxidation and oil breakdown over time and enhanced additive properties; Synthetic base stocks have reduced additive solubility versus petroleum oil, enabling the additives to release from the oil and associate with metal surfaces easier than conventional lubricants. Vegetable/synthetic engineered blends are the next horizon.

Pedro’s Go! And Chainj are vegetable/synthetic mixtures which leverage advantages of full synthetics and vegetable oils while offering a fully biodegradable product. We supplement the vegetable oil to perform like a synthetic base stock and include bio-based additives to meet and exceed the performance of full synthetics. From an oxidation characteristic, our vegetable oils will last just as long as our current Syn Lube product and other synthetics while having advantages only found in vegetable based oils. Vegetable oils are larger, three-chain, molecules. The ester functional group of the vegetable oil has a slight negative charge. For one vegetable oil molecule, there are essentially three slight negative charges. This charge enables the vegetable oil to function as both oil and additive, providing these key performance advantages:

Staying Power:
Getting to metal surfaces to prevent rust and metal protection is critical for any lubricant. The slight negative charge of the vegetable oil associates ionically with the positive metal surface, creating a protective barrier on the surface and keeping it there.

Wear Protection:
In a case of two metal surfaces coming in contact under a load, the vegetable oils are more slippery, enabling the metal surfaces to slide easier, reducing friction. This makes Go! and Chainj fantastic chain lubricant and also good general lubricants. Typical synthetics must be supplemented with anti-wear, friction reducing additives to match the properties provided by vegetable oils. For this reason, fewer additives are needed in Go! and Chainj increasing environmental friendliness.

Penetration Properties:
The negative charge, molecule size, and viscosity of both Chainj and Go! products make them much better penetrants versus synthetic lubricants. This is beneficial when trying to unfreeze rusty bolts around the maintenance shop, as these products are able to get into the cracks and help to remove these frozen bolts.

Cleaning Properties:
Vegetable oil has great properties. Chainj and GO! will have excellent solvency versus a Synthetic product which allows these lubricants to remove contaminants from the chain during application and use. As a result, these lubricants can be reapplied more times before requiring degreasing.

Vegetable oils reduce the reliance on crude oil and are derived from sustainable sources. In addition vegetable oil are fully biodegradable once exposed to conditions found in the natural environment eliminating possible contamination caused by exposure to the environment of the lubricant commonly occurring when riding or when cleaning one’s bike.


October 07, 2014 — Lars Hellsten
Tags: Lubrication